Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Hometown pride
In addition to raising thousands of dollars for charity, the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day committee also knows how to run a good, old-fashioned parade.
March 20, 2015
There’s no better example of how Lawrence manages to maintain its hometown feel than the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Editorial: Community gift
The Douglas County Community Foundation is an ongoing gift to Lawrence and Douglas County.
March 20, 2015
The announcement this week of $213,000 in grants is another reminder of the important local role played by the Douglas County Community Foundation.
Editorial: Critical timing
Legislative and legal funding battles are creating unacceptable uncertainty for K-12 schools in Kansas.
March 19, 2015
Leaders in the Kansas House and Senate made sure the new school finance bill skated through the Legislature in record time. For the sake of public school districts throughout the state, the governor, attorney general and Kansas Supreme Court now must make sure the legal ramifications of this bill are settled with equal dispatch.
Editorial: Caring legacy
David Johnson has built a strong legacy as leader of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
March 18, 2015
It doesn’t sound like David Johnson plans to ease into his retirement as CEO of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
Editorial: Teacher insult
Legislators’ effort to abolish an educator-run teaching award is an insulting piece of micromanagement.
March 17, 2015
In a number of ways this year and last, the Kansas Legislature is expressing its dissatisfaction with the way the state’s K-12 public schools are doing their job.
Editorial: Good decision
County commissioners are smart to try to finance fairgrounds renovations without calling on the county’s new public building commission to issue bonds for the project.
March 16, 2015
Financing renovations at the Douglas County Fairgrounds without asking the county’s new public building commission to issue bonds for the project is a good move.
Editorial: Screwed up
The city’s new recreation center is getting rave reviews, but the same can’t be said for the city’s handling of the infrastructure portion of the Rock Chalk Park project.
March 14, 2015
Faced last week with the new information that city officials had supplied inaccurate documentation to the auditors examining the Rock Chalk Park project, Lawrence city commissioners still maintained that, despite the mistake, the findings of the auditor were basically sound.
Editorial: Free speech?
When freedom of speech collides with political correctness, where should society draw the line?
March 13, 2015
What is more important in the United States: freedom of speech or political correctness?
Editorial: Not just luck
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the charitable events that go with it are a great gift to Lawrence.
March 13, 2015
We always hear about the luck of the Irish, but pulling off all the events related to Tuesday’s Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes a lot more than luck.
Editorial: Rights, responsibility
A bill facing the Kansas House is justified as a way to protect gun rights, but does too little to ensure gun responsibility.
March 12, 2015
Even many supporters of Second Amendment gun rights have serious reservations about a bill now advancing to the floor of the Kansas House.