Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Housing details
City commissioners should take time to examine their options before committing to a housing trust fund to address local affordable housing needs.
May 27, 2015
A local group has done an impressive job of mobilizing the community in an effort to provide more affordable housing in the community, but Lawrence city commissioners are right to take time to gather more information before committing to the creation of a housing trust fund.
Editorial: Budget balk
There’s no use waiting for a magic solution, legislators. It’s time to pass a balanced budget and go home.
May 26, 2015
Putting off state budget decisions won’t make those decisions any easier. It’s not like members couldn’t see this problem coming. When the session started in January, the state already had seen a serious decline in revenue because of income tax cuts approved three years ago, but legislative leaders said they couldn’t get serious about working on a budget until after new revenue estimates were released in April. So legislators all went home for three weeks to await the new numbers — which turned out to show an even larger revenue shortfall.
Editorial: Attention due
Don’t let the Memorial Day holiday pass without pausing to remember and honor the sacrifice of those serving in the U.S. military.
May 25, 2015
In an essay written for CNN, retired Staff Sgt. Luke Murphy shared his thoughts about Memorial Day last week. Murphy served two tours with the 101st Airborne Divisions 187th Infantry Regiment in Iraq and had his right leg amputated because of wounds suffered in a roadside bomb blast in 2006.
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: Public business
Government officials shouldn’t be allowed to use private email accounts to circumvent the Kansas Open Records Act.
May 22, 2015
Public officials’ use of private email has been making the headlines at both the state and national levels recently, lending support to the Kansas attorney general’s effort to close an important loophole in the Kansas Open Records Act.
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: Budget blackmail?
Tying policy changes to funding for the Kansas court system fundamentally alters the balance of power among the state’s three branches of government.
May 20, 2015
Blackmail is a strong word, a word that Kansans certainly wouldn’t want to have attached to actions of their elected state representatives. And yet, that word comes dangerously close to describing the approach some members of the Kansas Senate are taking toward the bill that funds the state’s judicial branch.
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.
Editorial: What problem?
Legislative plans to change the local election schedule just aren’t making sense.
May 18, 2015
Things always get a little crazy at the end of a legislative session, but progress on legislation to change the timing of local elections has been particularly hard to follow this year.
Editorial: No progress
Elected Kansas leaders aren’t inspiring much confidence in their ability to handle the state’s budget crisis.
May 17, 2015
“Lawmakers express frustration as end of session approaches,” read a headline in Friday’s Journal-World. Lawmakers should rest assured they are not alone in their frustration.