Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Funding grab
The Children’s Initiative Fund has found some support in the Kansas Legislature, but the battle for those programs isn’t over.
February 7, 2016
The governor’s plan to sweep $57 million from a fund earmarked for children’s programs into the state general fund thankfully has hit a significant roadblock in the Kansas Legislature.
Editorial: Positive inaction
The failure to move forward on changes to the state’s judicial selection system is one of those times when the Kansas Legislature should be congratulated for what it didn’t do.
February 5, 2016
The failure of the Kansas House to pass a constitutional amendment to change the process for selecting Kansas Supreme Court justices should put that issue to rest for the foreseeable future.
Editorial: Worthy ideas
A package of government reform measures proposed by a Baldwin City legislator should get the hearings they deserve.
February 4, 2016
Many Kansans probably could find a lot to like in a group of government reform bills filed Tuesday by Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City.
Editorial: Questionable comparison
Narrowing a stretch of West Ninth Street may or may not have resulted in a small reduction in collisions, and that decline shouldn’t be used to support a similar project on Kasold Drive.
February 3, 2016
A small drop in collisions on a narrowed stretch of Ninth Street in no way supports a similar narrowing project being discussed on Kasold Drive.
Editorial: Nothing to hide
Open government benefits both state officials and the public to whom they are accountable.
February 2, 2016
If Kansans don’t know what their state government is doing, it should be their own fault, not the result of closed meetings or hidden emails.
Editorial: Parking details
Lawrence city commissioners were right last week to put off any action until details for parking at a major new apartment complex have been fully examined and perhaps revised.
February 1, 2016
Several hours of discussion at last week’s Lawrence City Commission meeting raised at least as many questions as it answered about parking arrangements for a huge apartment development east of Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.
Editorial: Jail needs
It’s unfortunate but necessary for Douglas County to put forth a plan to expand and improve its jail.
January 31, 2016
Most people in Douglas County probably have things they’d rather spend $30 million on than improvements to the Douglas County Jail.
Editorial: Arts leader
Susan Tate’s work will have a lasting positive impact on the local arts community.
January 28, 2016
The Lawrence Arts Center has flourished under six years of Susan Tate’s leadership.
Editorial: Strategy lacking
Kansas officials must give top priority to addressing staffing and other issues at two state hospitals.
January 27, 2016
Recent reports and testimony about conditions at the state’s only two hospitals for people with serious mental illness paint a disturbing picture.

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