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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Record routine
Public access to police incident and investigative reports should be the rule, not the exception, in Kansas.
October 8, 2014
If public access to police reports wasn’t so rare in Kansas, fewer people probably would suspect that the release of a report tied to a candidate for governor was at least partially motivated by politics.
Editorial: Internet interest
Even with a smaller loan guarantee, the city probably can do better than Wicked Broadband’s plan to provide super-fast Internet service in a small portion of Lawrence.
October 7, 2014
The issue of how to bring super-fast Internet service to Lawrence is back on the City Commission’s agenda for tonight. Consideration already has dragged on for months, but it may need to go on a little longer.
Editorial: Drone threat
Flying a drone over KU’s Memorial Stadium could be more than a harmless prank.
October 5, 2014
Drone technology is cool, but it’s also pretty creepy. The first introduction most Americans got to remotely operated drones was when they began being used to strike military targets in the Middle East. Now, smaller versions of those drones are popping up all over — including at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium, before the Texas-KU football game on Sept. 27.
Editorial: Grand opening
Not all Lawrence residents were happy with how construction of a new recreation center was handled, but they may still be impressed with the end result.
October 4, 2014
Sports Pavilion Lawrence — the city’s new recreation complex at Rock Chalk Park — will celebrate its grand opening this afternoon.
Editorial: Ballot set
The ballot for the state’s U.S. Senate seat is set, but the campaign as barely begun.
October 3, 2014
The best part of Wednesday’s court ruling about the U.S. Senate race in Kansas is that it apparently ended the legal battle that was confusing voters and delaying the printing of ballots.
Editorial: Teacher totals
More teacher retirements coupled with a flat number of new teachers entering the field are making it hard for some school districts to hire the teachers they need.
October 2, 2014
A report released last week on teacher retirements and new teacher licenses in Kansas points to a troubling trend in this important profession.
Editorial: Happy homecoming
Renewing the tradition of a downtown homecoming parade benefits both KU and Lawrence.
October 1, 2014
It was great to have the enthusiasm and energy of Kansas University homecoming spilling over to downtown Lawrence last week.
Editorial: Football switch
Making a mid-season coaching change was the right call for the Jayhawks.
September 30, 2014
Only the timing was something of a surprise. Four games into his third season as Kansas University’s football coach, Charlie Weis — and everyone else — saw the writing on the wall. The Jayhawks had finished their game on Saturday with a zero on the scoreboard for the second time this year. With a record of six wins and 22 losses and no prospects for improvement in sight, Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger decided to try to cut his — and the Jayhawks’ — losses by sending Weis on his way.
Editorial: Hot topic
A new state school efficiency commission is looking at a variety of topics, but it looks like school consolidation won’t be one of them.
September 28, 2014
At least during election season, some topics are simply too hot for a state task force charged with identifying efficiency measures for Kansas public schools to handle.
Editorial: Election integrity
Kansans need to have confidence in the integrity and validity of the state’s election process.
September 27, 2014
With a number of important Kansas political races shaping up as close contests, it will be more important than ever that state elections — and the election results — have the full confidence of Kansas voters.