Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Real access to records
Because fees to access open records should be standard and affordable, Senate Bill 86 should be approved.
February 6, 2017
In an ideal world, public servants paid to serve the public would give the public free and open access to the public records that belong to the public.
Editorial: Strive for open government
A bipartisan bill that restricts closed-door meetings is in the best interest of Kansans.
February 5, 2017
It’s pretty simple: Open government is the best government. That’s why state legislators should approve Senate Bill 70.
Editorial: Irresponsible government
Lawmakers should be ashamed for prioritizing ideology over decent treatment of their constituents.
February 3, 2017
There are many Kansas legislators who should not be sleeping well these days. Their guilty consciences should keep them awake.
Editorial: A closer look at exemptions
Amid a state budget crisis, lawmakers need to scrutinize the breaks that farmers are getting.
February 2, 2017
If legislators hope to address the state’s fiscal woes, they likely will have to find the political courage to ask farmers to pay more in taxes and fees.
Editorial: Keep it open
An attempt to close access to the state’s registry of licensed police officers should be strongly opposed.
January 31, 2017
A bill filed this session in the Kansas Legislature would close public access to the state’s registry of licensed law enforcement officers.
Editorial: Gun decisions
A bill in the Kansas Senate that would allow local entities to ban guns is wise from the standpoint of both security and finances.
January 29, 2017
Public entities in Kansas should retain the leeway to determine if concealed handguns should be banned from their facilities. Senate Bill 53 would allow this and should be approved.