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: 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: 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.