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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: The other race
The Lawrence school board also is in need of strong, qualified candidates.
January 12, 2015
The Lawrence City Commission election is drawing more than the usual amount of interest this year, but the Lawrence school board race has gotten little attention — and that’s too bad.
Editorial: Step one
Gathering information and looking at possible plans could be the first step in expanding Medicaid coverage in Kansas.
January 11, 2015
Right now, the chances that the Kansas Legislature will approve any expansion of Medicaid appear almost nonexistent, but things can change.
Editorial: Not so fast
City officials have another opportunity to evaluate the need for a full-time director of arts and culture.
January 9, 2015
It’s too bad that the city’s new arts and culture director is leaving Lawrence after just four months on the job, but her departure gives city officials an opportunity to take another look at how essential this new position is.
Editorial: School funds
Maintaining the current level of local tax funding for the Lawrence school district is a reasonable step.
January 8, 2015
Within the next day or so, voters in the Lawrence school district will find a ballot in their mailboxes asking whether the district should be allowed to maintain its local option budget (LOB) at the current level.
Editorial: Homeless help
Lawrence should be commended for the services it provides to the homeless, but perhaps some regional efforts could encourage other nearby counties to do more.
January 7, 2015
Is Lawrence attracting more than its share of homeless people? Maybe so, but if that is the case, the answer may be better regional planning rather than a reduction in local services.
Editorial: Changing role
Local residents appear to be making good use of their new public library.
January 6, 2015
The role of public libraries isn’t what it used to be, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still fill an important purpose in their communities.
Editorial: Disturbing tally
The incidence of homicide in Lawrence is uncomfortably close to matching the numbers in Topeka.
January 4, 2015
This is an area in which Lawrence doesn’t want to catch up to its larger neighbor to the west.
Editorial: Not so dire
The city’s refusal to meet all the demands of a Chicago developer didn’t kill the project after all.
January 3, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners learned on Tuesday that demolition is scheduled to begin soon to clear the way for a $75 million apartment complex just east of Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. The months-long negotiation over the apartment complex also should have taught commissioners something about how seriously to take the threats of a developer who is trying to convince the city to grant unwise or unwarranted incentives or variances for a project.
Editorial: Broken system
While they’re talking about voter participation, Kansas legislators need to take a look at a voter registration system that isn’t working as they intended.
January 1, 2015
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision not to reconsider a voter registration ruling that affects Kansas and Arizona provides further evidence that clearing up the confusion and inconsistencies in the Kansas voter registration laws should be a top priority for the state Legislature in its 2015 session.
Editorial: Challenges ahead
No year is without challenges, but we hope 2015 also is filled with opportunities and progress on a variety of fronts.
December 31, 2014
So, when you woke up this morning, did you feel the kind of excitement a youngster feels on the first day of school? Were you enthused about the opportunities that lie ahead in 2015 and the possibility that this will be the best year ever for your family, the city, the state and the world?