Journal-World Editorials

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.
Editorial: Less shaky
New state regulations may have brought some earthquake relief to residents of two Kansas counties.
April 22, 2015
The scientific jury is still out on whether increased earthquake activity is linked to the disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production in south-central Kansas, but many residents of Harper and Sumner counties have made up their minds.
Editorial: Losing ground
An agreement to freeze tuition in exchange for flat state funding only means state universities in Kansas will continue to lose ground.
April 21, 2015
Kansas legislators say they are concerned about rising tuition at state universities but apparently not concerned enough to consider additional state funding to reduce the need for tuition increases.
Editorial: Caution due
A plan to waive certain teacher licensing requirements demands careful scrutiny by the state.
April 20, 2015
The Kansas State Board of Education is being rightfully cautious about approving a plan to allow some school districts to bypass teacher licensing regulations.
Editorial: New rules
New restrictions on how low-income Kansans can spend public assistance money are less important than other provisions of the state’s new welfare reform law.
April 19, 2015
National commentators criticizing a new Kansas welfare reform law have focused mostly on what they consider to be mean-spirited and insulting restrictions on how public assistance money can be spent, but other provisions of this bill will have a far more significant impact on low-income Kansas families.
Editorial: Big job
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t hesitate to ask for some help in hiring the next city manager.
April 17, 2015
Hiring a new city manager probably is the most important task currently facing the Lawrence City Commission.