Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Questionable leadership
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is hardly a stellar example of principled leadership in the U.S. Congress.
April 7, 2015
Is it any wonder the American public has such low regard, respect and confidence in the U.S. Congress when an individual such as Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada can serve as majority leader of the supposedly august and important U.S. Senate?
Editorial: SLT upgrade
Nearly 20 years after its opening, the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway needs some work to meet the needs of the completed bypass.
April 6, 2015
Kansas transportation officials recently released some disturbing statistics about the safety of the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Editorial: Important vote
The city commissioners elected this week will make some key decisions about the direction of Lawrence’s future.
April 5, 2015
The many issues now facing Lawrence make Tuesday’s City Commission election more important than most.
Editorial: Risk remains
A compromise pension bond plan maybe reduce the state’s risk, but it certainly doesn’t eliminate it.
April 3, 2015
Issuing $1 billion in bonds to help shore up the state retirement fund puts the state in less peril than issuing $1.5 billion in bonds, but this strategy still represents an uncomfortable risk for the state.
Editorial: Police process
Simply looking at different financing possibilities isn’t backing up far enough in the planning process for a new $26 million police headquarters.
April 2, 2015
Delaying spending on some other projects to finance a new police headquarters building may or may not be an acceptable strategy, but city officials are missing the point if they think simply finding another way to pay for essentially the same project will address all, or even most, of the concerns that Lawrence taxpayers have about this plan.
Editorial: Unfair split
Changing a grant program for Kansas college students isn’t a show of support for private colleges; it’s a slap at public university students who are just trying to make ends meet.
April 1, 2015
Independent private colleges are an important part of the state’s higher education system, but legislative changes that will result in most of the Kansas Comprehensive Grant funds going to students at those schools is out of whack.
Editorial: Happy trails
The Kansas River has always been a focal point for Lawrence, and a new trail will provide better opportunities to enjoy the riverfront.
March 31, 2015
A new, improved trail along the Kansas River just west of downtown will be a nice addition for Lawrence residents, as well as visitors to the city.
Editorial: Treaty trust?
The Obama administration’s lack of transparency makes it hard for Americans to have confidence in U.S. negotiations for a nuclear treaty with Iran.
March 30, 2015
How can Americans have much confidence or believe that President Obama is acting in the best interests of America in current nuclear treaty dealings with Iran when his record in foreign matters and his administration’s transparency have been so disappointing and dangerous to the country?
Editorial: Renewable power
Kansas legislators should be looking at ways to boost renewable energy efforts in the state, not hamper them.
March 29, 2015
The Kansas renewable energy industry has been growing and thriving, but some measures still active in the Kansas Legislature could bring an end to that.
Editorial: Bad move
Legislators should have thought again before taking steps to ban the use of payroll deduction for charitable contributions.
March 27, 2015
The desire to shift responsibility for social services away from government and onto the private sector has been a common theme in the current session of the Kansas Legislature. With that in mind, why would legislators propose changes that would make it more difficult for a group like United Way to collect funds for charitable purposes?