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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Paying the price
The city’s decision to charge many offenders for their jail costs has created an inequity that’s worthy of some further examination.
February 17, 2015
It’s good for Lawrence city commissioners to look into the jail fees the city charges inmates who are sentenced through Municipal Court, but the issue may be more complicated than they expect.
Editorial: Good job?
Recent actions can’t be helping the morale of state employees in Kansas.
February 16, 2015
If Kansas state employees weren’t feeling unappreciated before, Gov. Sam Brownback has given them several more reasons to be concerned about the security of their jobs and their retirement.
Editorial: Good process
Some additional study may produce a better strategy for how the Douglas County Jail serves inmates with mental illness.
February 15, 2015
It’s good to see Douglas County officials taking the time to fully examine the complex issues involved in a proposed jail expansion.
Editorial: New deal
City officials may need to review zoning requirements that will allow a new downtown apartment complex to be built without off-street parking facilities.
February 13, 2015
Increasing the number of residents living downtown has been seen as one of the keys to preserving the vitality of Lawrence’s central business district, but the recent spurt of downtown apartment construction may create a need for the city to review some of its standards for parking and other infrastructure to support that development.
Editorial: Political agenda
Why is the state trying to inject partisan politics into city and school board elections across the state?
February 12, 2015
Every local school board, city council and city commission in Kansas should be sending the same message to their legislators that the Lawrence City Commission and school board sent this week.
Editorial: Risky plan
The state’s retirement fund already is in trouble but pursuing a risky pension bond strategy could make things worse for the fund and the state as a whole.
February 11, 2015
The financial problems of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System have been growing for years under a number of governors. This situation may not be entirely of Gov. Sam Brownback’s making, but he certainly can make it worse.
Editorial: Big incentives
Some Lawrence taxpayers are growing concerned about the number and size of tax incentives being granted to local projects.
February 10, 2015
The Lawrence City Commission is scheduled tonight to consider tax incentives for a proposed expansion of the Eldridge Hotel.
Editorial: Petty move
A bill that would prevent university personnel from using their titles in newspaper opinion pieces is silly and probably unconstitutional.
February 9, 2015
The Kansas Legislature is not the right place to settle petty grievances and certainly not if settling those grievances involves legislation that almost certainly violates both the Kansas and U.S. constitutions.
Editorial: Controlled risk
Measles is a rare disease in the U.S., but only because a large majority of parents choose to vaccinate their children.
February 6, 2015
An outbreak of measles that is spreading across the United States has put the spotlight on a disease that many people don’t think much about any more.
Editorial: Changing history?
The willingness of the state historical society to alter an illustration used in a Kansas Capitol display is both offensive and surprising.
February 5, 2015
Altering a historical illustration to materially change its message isn’t a matter of causing offense, it’s a matter of historical accuracy. It seems like the Kansas State Historical Society would get that, but maybe not.