Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Funding option
The formation of a public building commission is a new twist for Douglas County that local voters should make sure they understand.
February 27, 2015
In the name of keeping their financial options open for a couple of looming construction projects, the Douglas County Commission has agreed to establish a public building commission.
Editorial: Crowd control
College athletic officials need to consider measures to curb the potentially dangerous tradition of fans storming the court after a big basketball victory.
February 26, 2015
The crowd that stormed the court at Kansas State University Monday night also has spurred considerable concern around the country about the possible dangers of such behavior.
Editorial: Language challenge
Congratulations to Kansas University for continuing to sell the value of foreign language study.
February 25, 2015
Knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is perhaps more important than ever, and it’s good to see Kansas University officials emphasizing the benefits and opportunities of foreign language study for its students.
Editorial: Opposing view
Legislators from both ends of the state are concerned about how Kansas will resolve its budget and school finance challenges.
February 24, 2015
Some Kansas legislators had an opportunity to go back to their districts and talk to some constituents at the end of last week, and some of what they were saying confirms how far apart state lawmakers are on how to attack this session’s two most important issues: balancing the state budget and providing funding for K-12 public schools.
Editorial: Age issue
Could forcing state judges to retire earlier be prompted more by politics than by any practical concerns?
February 23, 2015
A Kansas House bill that changes the mandatory retirement age for judges across Kansas seems like another legislative solution in search of a problem.
Editorial: Informed votes
Selecting city commission and school board members is a big responsibility for local voters.
February 22, 2015
Today’s Journal-World includes a special voting guide that shares information about the Lawrence City Commission and school board races that will be on the March 3 primary ballot.
Editorial: Artistic legacy
Few artists have had a greater visual impact on Lawrence and KU than sculptor Elden Tefft.
February 20, 2015
Many outstanding faculty members have left a lasting mark on Kansas University, but none left a legacy more tangible than that of sculptor Elden Tefft, who died Tuesday at the age of 95.
Editorial: Gutted gun law
Legislation currently in the Kansas Senate would eliminate all restrictions on concealed-carry of guns in the state.
February 19, 2015
A few years ago when it became legal to carry concealed guns in Kansas, advocates of the move sought to allay residents’ fears by pointing to the requirements for training and background checks that would be part of the permit process. Those provisions, they said, would ensure that people with concealed-carry permits would be qualified to handle a gun and not pose any additional threat to others.
Editorial: Who’s absurd?
Rep. Virgil Peck is conducting a poll to help him decide what color of jacket he should wear in the official House portrait, but he apparently isn’t as open to input on more-serious state issues
February 18, 2015
“Absurdity” is a word that might apply to a number of things going on in the Kansas Legislature these days, but a state legislator’s use of that term to summarily dismiss all of the Kansas Board of Regents’ requests for program enhancement funds disrespects both higher education and the legislative process.
Editorial: Paying the price
The city’s decision to charge many offenders for their jail costs has created an inequity that’s worthy of some further examination.
February 17, 2015
It’s good for Lawrence city commissioners to look into the jail fees the city charges inmates who are sentenced through Municipal Court, but the issue may be more complicated than they expect.