Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: State pay raise appropriate
Lawmakers should make a long-overdue pay increase for state employees a priority in budget talks.
March 22, 2017
Despite Kansas’ budget struggles, Kansas lawmakers are right to pursue a modest pay raise for state employees.
Editorial: Fairgrounds a good investment
The County made a good move with renovations to the fairgrounds, adding to this area’s unique assets.
March 21, 2017
Douglas County officials are to be commended for the expansion and renovation of facilities at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Editorial: Planning for parking
The city should focus on updates to existing parking and incentives for smart growth in the future.
March 19, 2017
It’s good that the city of Lawrence is taking input as it looks to develop a 10-year parking plan for the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.
Editorial: Not the time for new program
The state shouldn’t take on workplace safety duties at the same time that it faces tight budget constraints.
March 16, 2017
Having the state of Kansas take over responsibility for workplace safety regulations shouldn’t be a priority in 2017 given the state’s budget constraints.
Editorial: Few surprises at town hall
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins’ stance on Obamacare is clear, but more honesty is needed on how she and other GOP figures would replace it.
March 15, 2017
There was more than a bit of political theater Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics during a town hall meeting featuring Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins and constituents.
Editorial: Deadly year for motorists
It may be time for Kansas to consider restricting cellphone use, given the number of deaths related to inattentive driving.
March 14, 2017
An alarming increase in traffic fatalities in Kansas reiterates the importance of limiting cellphone use while driving.
Editorial: Massage law needed
The key is to tailor the ordinance so that it doesn’t unfairly affect legitimate massage businesses.
March 13, 2017
The city of Lawrence is right to pursue regulatory licensing of massage venues in the city.
Editorial: Government for the people
Nothing is more important to democracy than a government that is open, transparent and responsive.
March 12, 2017
In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln defined our representative democracy as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”