Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Not the time for new program
The state shouldn’t take on workplace safety duties at the same time that it faces tight budget constraints.
March 16, 2017
Having the state of Kansas take over responsibility for workplace safety regulations shouldn’t be a priority in 2017 given the state’s budget constraints.
Editorial: Few surprises at town hall
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins’ stance on Obamacare is clear, but more honesty is needed on how she and other GOP figures would replace it.
March 15, 2017
There was more than a bit of political theater Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics during a town hall meeting featuring Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins and constituents.
Editorial: Deadly year for motorists
It may be time for Kansas to consider restricting cellphone use, given the number of deaths related to inattentive driving.
March 14, 2017
An alarming increase in traffic fatalities in Kansas reiterates the importance of limiting cellphone use while driving.
Editorial: Massage law needed
The key is to tailor the ordinance so that it doesn’t unfairly affect legitimate massage businesses.
March 13, 2017
The city of Lawrence is right to pursue regulatory licensing of massage venues in the city.
Editorial: Government for the people
Nothing is more important to democracy than a government that is open, transparent and responsive.
March 12, 2017
In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln defined our representative democracy as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Editorial: Make records available
Legislation that opens some files in cold cases should be approved, for the sake of the families involved and for the principle of transparency.
March 10, 2017
A new bill granting access to law enforcement records pertaining to missing persons cases that are more than 25 years old would give some peace of mind to families and should be approved.
Editorial: Amended school plan
The school board’s decision to interview applicants for an open seat on the board is good for the public and for the applicants.
March 8, 2017
The Lawrence School Board is right to amend its plan for choosing a replacement board member to include in-person interviews.
Editorial: Proclamation unnecessary
It’s redundant and pointless for the city to make another proclamation about being a welcoming city.
March 7, 2017
The Lawrence City Commission should pass on requests to designate Lawrence a sanctuary city or some variation thereof.