Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Funding grab
The carefully considered funding requests submitted by the state’s higher education leaders shouldn’t be so capriciously tossed aside by state legislators who think they know better.
March 6, 2015
Apparently State Sen. Tom Arpke of Salina and his fellow Republicans on the Senate Ways and Means Committee have a better idea and more knowledge about what the state’s higher education needs than do the top administrators at Kansas University and Kansas State University and the members of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Editorial: Academic rights
The importance and the limits of academic freedom are a topic of lively debate in Kansas these days.
March 5, 2015
Academic freedom is a bedrock principle for university faculty members, and yet, there seems to be some controversy in Kansas about exactly what is covered by that term.
Editorial: Who should pay?
There should be a better way to share the costs of operating Kansas University’s private jet.
March 4, 2015
Sunday’s Journal-World story about the purchase and use of a private jet by Kansas University triggered many responses — some favoring the purchase, use and costs, but more questioning or criticizing the jet expense.
Editorial: Go vote
Today’s primary presents some important choices for Lawrence voters.
March 3, 2015
It has sort of sneaked up on some of us, but today is an important election day. Today’s primary election will narrow the field of 14 Lawrence City Commission candidates to the final six who will be on April’s general election ballot and trim the field of candidates for a two-year term on the Lawrence school board from four to two.
Editorial: Threat analysis
The public needs to be aware of the differing official opinions being expressed about the terrorist threat facing the U.S.
March 3, 2015
How is the public supposed to know what is going on relative to the dangers facing this nation when major news media — in this case, the Associated Press — fail to report two diametrically differing opinions on a single subject voiced by two very senior government officials in Washington?
Editorial: Election moves
The Kansas House should reject plans to move city and school board elections.
March 2, 2015
A bill that would move local city and school board elections to November in odd-numbered years narrowly passed the Kansas Senate on Thursday. The bill now goes to the House, which we hope will carefully weigh any possible benefit of this bill against the administrative costs and problems it will create.
Editorial: Questions remain
There aren’t many big surprises in the Rock Chalk Park audit, but there are a number of disappointing conclusions.
March 1, 2015
The audit released Thursday reveals some of the major flaws in the Rock Chalk Park process and accounting, but it leaves many questions unanswered.
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.