Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Poor timing
The beginning of a legislative session probably isn’t the best time for Kansas University to announce the acquisition of a new private jet.
January 27, 2015
Talk about poor timing. Kansas University officials could not have picked a more inappropriate time to announce the acquisition and delivery of a new jet. This at a time when KU officials are using every means possible to increase state funding for the university.
Editorial: Pressure tactics
Wicked Broadband’s effort to pressure Lawrence city commissioners into supporting a loan guarantee for the company may end up having the opposite effect.
January 26, 2015
The email the co-owner of Wicked Broadband sent last week to a couple of Lawrence city commissioners who are seeking re-election was something between a threat and a promise.
Editorial: Education accounting
A Kansas Department of Education analysis puts a different slant on the governor’s proposal for K-12 school funding.
January 25, 2015
The devil once again is in the details when it comes to the governor’s budget recommendation for K-12 education. The governor has claimed that his K-12 funding recommendation for next year is almost equal to the current year’s funding, but a new analysis by the Kansas Department of Education explains how that claim is somewhat deceiving. Even though the governor has expressed the desire to use block grants to get more school funding “into the classroom,” his budget recommendation actually calls for a 4 percent reduction in four key classroom funding categories: general state aid, supplemental state aid, capital outlay aid and the school district finance fund. K-12 schools will get $127 million less in those categories next year, according to the governor’s budget, according to the education department analysis.
Editorial: Honored guest
Lawrence did a great job of rolling out the welcome mat for President Barack Obama.
January 23, 2015
Any day a sitting U.S. president comes to town is an exciting day.
Editorial: A step backward
Voter ‘convenience’ isn’t a valid reason to renew straight-ticket voting in Kansas.
January 22, 2015
Making voting more convenient in Kansas hasn’t seemed to be a high priority for Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Editorial: Down the road
Continued diversion of money from the Kansas Department of Transportation coffers could have long-term consequences for the state.
January 21, 2015
The Bank of KDOT once again is open. The Kansas Department of Transportation has gained that informal designation because of the frequency with which governors and legislators tap into the department’s reserve funds to help balance the state budget. It apparently is a convenient place to find a few hundred million dollars when you need it — as Gov. Sam Brownback recently did.
Editorial: Promising start
Local business and education officials are putting together a promising partnership to boost the community’s vocational and technical training needs.
January 20, 2015
The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center has taken another step toward building a strong job training hub near 31st and Haskell street.
Editorial: Liquor sales
Will some new twists tip the balance for the effort to allow Kansas grocery stores to sell wine and liquor?
January 19, 2015
It will be interesting to see whether having an effective new spokesman will help the Uncork Kansas coalition gain legislative approval for Kansas grocery stores to sell strong beer, wine and liquor.
Editorial: Knowledge gap
A surprising statement during a meeting this week may indicate members of the Kansas Board of Regents need to learn more about the system they oversee.
January 16, 2015
A discussion this week about qualified admissions at state universities prompted a rather stunning statement from a member of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Editorial: Messy deal
It’s unfortunate, but it seems the city has little choice but to order a comprehensive audit of the Rock Chalk Park project.
January 15, 2015
As much as they’d probably like to close the financial books on Rock Chalk Park, Lawrence city commissioners did the right thing Tuesday night by withholding the city’s final payment on the project until a comprehensive audit is conducted.