Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Teacher totals
More teacher retirements coupled with a flat number of new teachers entering the field are making it hard for some school districts to hire the teachers they need.
October 2, 2014
A report released last week on teacher retirements and new teacher licenses in Kansas points to a troubling trend in this important profession.
Editorial: Happy homecoming
Renewing the tradition of a downtown homecoming parade benefits both KU and Lawrence.
October 1, 2014
It was great to have the enthusiasm and energy of Kansas University homecoming spilling over to downtown Lawrence last week.
Editorial: Football switch
Making a mid-season coaching change was the right call for the Jayhawks.
September 30, 2014
Only the timing was something of a surprise. Four games into his third season as Kansas University’s football coach, Charlie Weis — and everyone else — saw the writing on the wall. The Jayhawks had finished their game on Saturday with a zero on the scoreboard for the second time this year. With a record of six wins and 22 losses and no prospects for improvement in sight, Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger decided to try to cut his — and the Jayhawks’ — losses by sending Weis on his way.
Editorial: Hot topic
A new state school efficiency commission is looking at a variety of topics, but it looks like school consolidation won’t be one of them.
September 28, 2014
At least during election season, some topics are simply too hot for a state task force charged with identifying efficiency measures for Kansas public schools to handle.
Editorial: Election integrity
Kansans need to have confidence in the integrity and validity of the state’s election process.
September 27, 2014
With a number of important Kansas political races shaping up as close contests, it will be more important than ever that state elections — and the election results — have the full confidence of Kansas voters.
Editorial: Design debate
They still don’t have unanimous support, but plans for an Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., again are moving forward.
September 26, 2014
It’s good news that plans for a memorial to honor President Dwight Eisenhower have cleared an important hurdle.
Editorial: Proud protest
Congratulations to the fans who used Friday’s rival football game to take a stand against racial inequality.
September 25, 2014
Last week’s exchange of racially charged vandalism between Lawrence’s two high schools was disheartening, but a broader community and student response to those incidents is worthy of recognition and praise.
Editorial: Political theater
For better or worse, the U.S. Senate race in Kansas has drawn plenty of national attention.
September 24, 2014
The national political spotlight rarely shines on Kansas as brightly as it does right now. The state is known for its populist tradition and a certain political independent streak but what’s happening now in the U.S. Senate race has Kansans and political observers across the country shaking their heads.
Editorial: Too soon
It’s way too soon for city commissioners to make a commitment to donate land for a new teen center.
September 23, 2014
A new teen center for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence may be a great use of 10 acres near the proposed site of a new city police headquarters but it would be a mistake for Lawrence city commissioners to make a commitment to donate that land tonight or anytime before the Nov. 4 sales tax vote.
Editorial: Sidewalk stand
City commissioners need to draw the line on the private use of public downtown sidewalks.
September 21, 2014
Sidewalk restaurant seating already creates a significant obstacle to pedestrian traffic in downtown Lawrence.