Journal-World Editorials

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.
Editorial: Parking problem
City commissioners shouldn’t be too quick to bail out developers who made a poor decision concerning parking facilities for a major apartment complex.
January 26, 2016
The developers of a major apartment/retail complex east of Memorial Stadium are facing some parking problems, and the solutions they are proposing aren’t acceptable.
Editorial: Double standard
A system that doesn’t require Kansas natives to present proof of citizenship to register to vote discriminates against other qualified voters simply on the basis of where they were born.
January 24, 2016
In addition to running a two-tiered election system, it appears the Kansas secretary of state also is using a two-tiered system to enforce the state’s proof-of-citizenship law for voter registration. Some Kansas voters have to present proof of their citizenship and some do not.
Editorial: A tough sell
Reducing K-12 administrative costs is a popular notion, but a plan to do that by combining school districts is likely to meet with some opposition.
January 22, 2016
A plan floated this week to reorganize local school districts across the state could be one of the more contentious issues tackled this year by the Kansas Legislature.