Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Athletics loss
Despite its proud athletic heritage, Haskell Indian Nations University is finding it hard to compete in the current big-money atmosphere of college sports.
May 4, 2015
Athletics has been a proud part of Haskell Indian Nations University throughout its history.
Editorial: Shameful report
A state audit report paints a deplorable picture of a Kansas program charged with rehabilitating sexual offenders.
May 3, 2015
In an effort to protect Kansas residents, the state passed legislation in 1994 designed to confine people who had committed violent sexual crimes until they no longer were a danger to the public.
Editorial: KanCare savings?
A privatized Medicaid program may benefit the state budget, but are Medicaid clients, care providers and insurers paying the price?
May 1, 2015
So how is the new privatized Medicaid program — known as KanCare — working for the state?
Editorial: Uber drive
The announcement that Uber will expand to Lawrence should trigger some additional study and action on how such ride-sharing services should be regulated.
April 30, 2015
Having another public transportation option in Lawrence might be a good thing, but city officials are right to be cautious about the announced entry of the Uber “ride sharing” service into the local market.
Editorial: Whose views?
If the voters of Kansas are unhappy with the current direction of the Kansas Legislature, they have the power to make a change.
April 29, 2015
A new poll conducted by Fort Hays State University raises some interesting questions about how much Kansas voters know about the legislative representatives they are electing.
Editorial: Wrong road
In the last four years, the state has swept $1.3 billion in highway funds into the state general fund. That’s a trend that can’t continue without damaging the quality and safety of Kansas roads.
April 28, 2015
Kansas Department of Transportation officials seem to be downplaying highway concerns voiced last week by a nonpartisan think tank, but KDOT’s own figures paint a troubling picture of the impact of “sweeping” highway funds into the general fund to cover other state expenses.
Editorial: Crime reports
If increased reporting spurs increased enforcement, a rise in reported crime might actually be a positive sign for KU.
April 27, 2015
Last year’s 26 percent increase in crime reports on the Kansas University campus isn’t necessarily bad news.
Editorial: Not promising
A former state budget director says the current budget crisis is worse than what the state faced in the Great Recession, and no one seems to know how that crisis will be addressed.
April 26, 2015
It’s hard to see how final negotiations on next year’s state budget are going to end well for the state.
Editorial: Strategy shift
The Lawrence chamber of commerce plans to revamp its strategy for recruiting new businesses while boosting efforts to support homegrown enterprises.
April 24, 2015
A shift in Lawrence’s business recruitment strategy and budget seems like a reasonable response to a changing economic development environment.
Editorial: Big picture
A blue-ribbon commission is one way city officials could spur the needed discussion on local police services and facilities.
April 23, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t be too quick to reject the idea of establishing a blue-ribbon commission to take a look at police operations and facilities.