Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Due consideration
City commissioners should be careful not to be too arbitrary about how tax incentives are used to serve the “public good.”
June 13, 2016
Lawrence’s policy on tax rebates and abatements may need some fine tuning, but city commissioners should be careful not to oversimplify the goals of a development tool that serves a number of different purposes.
Editorial: Second thoughts
It’s nice that residents south of KU have a chance to reconsider the traffic-calming circles in their neighborhood before they become permanent.
June 10, 2016
There may be other Lawrence neighborhoods that would like to have the opportunity that residents of the University Place Neighborhood now have to revisit their decision to support various traffic-calming structures.
Editorial: First step
Kansans want to see some progress — not more posturing — on the state’s school finance crisis.
June 9, 2016
Calling the Kansas Legislature back to Topeka is a good step, but it’s only the first step in addressing a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling on school finance.
Editorial: Care cuts
Instead of revisiting tax exemptions for Kansas business owners, officials are choosing to balance the budget on the backs of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.
June 8, 2016
State revenue shortfalls have resulted in many questionable budget decisions, but few are as infuriating and counterproductive as cuts to a program that provides in-home services to elderly Kansans.
Editorial: City schedule
A new schedule for Lawrence City Commission meetings could have benefits as long as it provides enough opportunities for public input on city business.
June 7, 2016
Reducing the number of meetings the Lawrence City Commission has each month has some potential pitfalls, but it also has enough potential advantages to make it worth a try.
Editorial: Easy call
County officials deserve credit for their positive response to rural residents’ request for more recycling options.
June 6, 2016
It was an easy call last week for the Douglas County Commission to extend and expand a pilot recycling program that has drawn strong usage and high praise from county residents.
Editorial: Election choices
Hopefully, the many contested legislative races in Kansas this year will result in more voter interest and participation.
June 5, 2016
Uncontested races for various elected offices often are seen as an indication of either voter apathy or satisfaction.
Editorial: Planning ahead
A more formal process for mapping the city’s future spending needs should provide some context that will benefit elected decision-makers.
June 2, 2016
Lawrence residents don’t have to agree with every item that’s on the city’s five-year capital improvements plan to appreciate the need to have such a plan.