Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Voter hammer
Secretary of State Kris Kobach says his office will begin almost immediately to enforce new, tougher voter fraud laws that are on their way to the governor’s desk.
May 24, 2015
A bill that takes away local control of voter fraud prosecutions and allows people who violate state voting laws out of confusion or a simple misunderstanding to be convicted of a felony and sentenced to jail is now on its way to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk.
Editorial: Public business
Government officials shouldn’t be allowed to use private email accounts to circumvent the Kansas Open Records Act.
May 22, 2015
Public officials’ use of private email has been making the headlines at both the state and national levels recently, lending support to the Kansas attorney general’s effort to close an important loophole in the Kansas Open Records Act.
Editorial: Key hire
The Lawrence City Commission is facing a number of big issues but none more important than the selection of a new city manager.
May 21, 2015
Hiring a new city manager is a big responsibility, and Lawrence city commissioners are right to seek additional input and expertise in conducting their search.
Editorial: Budget blackmail?
Tying policy changes to funding for the Kansas court system fundamentally alters the balance of power among the state’s three branches of government.
May 20, 2015
Blackmail is a strong word, a word that Kansans certainly wouldn’t want to have attached to actions of their elected state representatives. And yet, that word comes dangerously close to describing the approach some members of the Kansas Senate are taking toward the bill that funds the state’s judicial branch.
Editorial: Lax enforcement
There’s a big difference between helping someone meet the requirements to build a structure in Douglas County and helping someone build a structure in Douglas County without meeting the requirements.
May 19, 2015
Bringing more consistency to the county’s code enforcement is a good goal. So is having staff that is more focused on helping people meet code requirements than on punishing people for not meeting the codes.
Editorial: What problem?
Legislative plans to change the local election schedule just aren’t making sense.
May 18, 2015
Things always get a little crazy at the end of a legislative session, but progress on legislation to change the timing of local elections has been particularly hard to follow this year.
Editorial: No progress
Elected Kansas leaders aren’t inspiring much confidence in their ability to handle the state’s budget crisis.
May 17, 2015
“Lawmakers express frustration as end of session approaches,” read a headline in Friday’s Journal-World. Lawmakers should rest assured they are not alone in their frustration.
Editorial: Positive step
Any action aimed at curbing alcohol abuse among KU students is a welcome step.
May 15, 2015
The decision to ban hard liquor from fraternity houses at Kansas University is at least a small step toward promoting a more responsible attitude toward alcohol consumption among college students.
Editorial: Tax package
The income tax exemption for businesses shouldn’t be off-limits in the state’s current budget negotiations.
May 14, 2015
As Kansas legislators work to produce a balanced state budget, there seems to be almost no discussion about further reductions in spending. All the negotiations now are about how to raise revenue to fill a budget gap of about $400 million.
Editorial: Election switch
Moving local elections to November will place an added burden on voters to make sure the selection of key local officials doesn’t get lost in the campaign shuffle.
May 13, 2015
For better or worse, it appears that April elections for city commission and school board members soon will be a thing of the past in Kansas.