Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Election success?
Kansas legislators must address the problems that have left thousands of Kansas voter registrations in limbo.
December 6, 2014
A news release from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office declared, “2014 Midterm Election A Success.” That assessment is based on the fact that more Kansans were registered to vote and more actually cast ballots in the Nov. 4 election than in any previous midterm election.
Editorial: Early start
An earlier start time for Lawrence City Commission meetings might benefit both commissioners and the public.
December 5, 2014
It’s a simple change but one that might make it easier for Lawrence residents to participate in the city’s decision-making process.
Editorial: Warning flag
A recent audit raises some concerns about the ability of city revenues to keep up with rising city expenses.
December 4, 2014
Most Lawrence taxpayers probably aren’t surprised that an audit presented to Lawrence city commissioners this week showed a sizable increase in city spending.
Editorial: Boundary shifts
The Lawrence school district has many factors to consider as it adjusts boundaries for elementary and middle schools.
December 3, 2014
Balancing enrollment numbers and areas in Lawrence schools, especially at the elementary school level, is no easy task.
Editorial: Parking ploy
City commissioners should reject a new parking plan for a proposed apartment building near KU.
December 2, 2014
In its continuing effort to circumvent reasonable parking requirements for an apartment building it hopes to build near the Kansas University campus, HERE, LLC has come up with a plan that is both unworkable and unenforceable.
Editorial: Alvamar future
The Lawrence builder who bartered the public-private deal on Rock Chalk Park now is turning his attention to Alvamar.
November 30, 2014
Alvamar Golf and Country Club leaders have confirmed they have reached a preliminary deal to sell the prominent west Lawrence property to Bliss Sports, a group that Lawrence builder Thomas Fritzel founded to facilitate the public-private partnership at Rock Chalk Park.
Editorial: Voting moves
Shifting local elections to November is a poor way to address low voter turnout.
November 29, 2014
Kansas legislators once again are studying different options for moving local city and school board elections.
Editorial: Guard duty
Substandard wages and working conditions are making it hard for Kansas correctional facilities to hire and retain officers.
November 27, 2014
Considering the problems revealed during recent legislative hearings in Topeka, it’s no surprise that vacancy rates for corrections officers at Kansas prisons are ranging between 10 percent and 20 percent.
Editorial: Giving thanks
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be grateful for what you have and mindful of what you can do to make life better for others.
November 27, 2014
At Thanksgiving, people rightfully concentrate on what is good in their lives, but it’s also a time to contemplate how we can make things better.
Trusting regents
It’s good that the Kansas Board of Regents trusts its university CEOs but it might also want to take steps to verify that no athletic-academic scandals are on the horizon.
November 26, 2014
If you had asked members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors a few years ago whether any of the 16 institutions under their supervision had a problem with academics and athletics, what would they have said?