Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Open process
Public interviews will give Kansans an opportunity to evaluate and observe both the applicants and the appointment process for the Kansas Supreme Court.
August 1, 2014
Next week’s interviews for people seeking a seat on the Kansas Supreme Court are a great contribution to government transparency.
Editorial: State security
Protecting Kansans’ personal information should be a top priority for state agencies.
July 31, 2014
A recently released audit examining the security of state government computer systems demands immediate attention from Kansas officials.
Editorial: Smoking bans
A local resident is seeking to eliminate all smoking both inside and outside public buildings in downtown Lawrence.
July 30, 2014
Lawrence was the first city in Kansas to approve a ban on smoking in most public buildings, but a petition drive currently underway to extend the smoking ban to the outdoor areas throughout downtown probably may be a step too far.
Editorial: Popular spot
Large and enthusiastic crowds on the Lawrence Public Library’s opening weekend bode well for its future as a community gathering place.
July 29, 2014
If the opening weekend is any indication, local residents seem ready to help the expanded Lawrence Public Library meet its goal of serving as an even more important center of community activity.
Editorial: Tax trade-off
A reduction in the school district’s property tax levy is good news for taxpayers but not such good news for the schools.
July 28, 2014
Many local taxpayers were pleasantly surprised by last week’s news that the Lawrence school district would propose a budget that would actually lower their property taxes.
Editorial: Retail questions
Good questions are being asked about retail development in Lawrence. Now we need some answers.
July 27, 2014
The developers of a proposed shopping center on South Iowa Street might be doing Lawrence a favor by pursuing their plans even in the face of a negative recommendation from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Editorial: Budget priorities
The top funding priorities of Kansas’ six state universities represent practical efforts that will directly benefit the state.
July 25, 2014
To their credit, chief executives at Kansas’ six state universities haven’t given up on big ideas.
Editorial: No rubber stamp
Voter approval for a new police headquarters building won’t be automatic.
July 24, 2014
As Lawrence city commissioners firm up the details for funding a new police headquarters building, they need to understand that voter approval of this project is not a slam dunk.
Editorial: Tallgrass trials
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve needs some TLC.
July 23, 2014
The harsh environment of the Kansas prairie has taken a toll on the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City. Hopefully, like the pioneers that settled this area, the preserve will persevere and survive.
Editorial: There’s a limit
The city has limited funding available for social services, so choices must be made.
July 22, 2014
Even with a 2015 budget that tops $188 million and calls for a property tax increase of nearly 1.9 mills the city of Lawrence can’t afford to do it all.