Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Election switch
Moving local elections to November will place an added burden on voters to make sure the selection of key local officials doesn’t get lost in the campaign shuffle.
May 13, 2015
For better or worse, it appears that April elections for city commission and school board members soon will be a thing of the past in Kansas.
Editorial: Calming influence
Traffic issues on 27th Street provide an opportunity for city officials to revisit their overall strategy on traffic-calming measures.
May 12, 2015
Residents along 27th Street from Louisiana to Iowa streets are in need of some traffic relief. In fact, city officials probably should have acted months ago to help the neighborhood manage the totally predictable increase in traffic on 27th Street spurred by the closure of 31st Street west of Louisiana and recent construction at 23rd and Iowa streets.
Editorial: Haskell guest
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was a welcome guest who may become a valuable voice in Washington for Haskell Indian Nations University.
May 11, 2015
A visit from the head of the U.S. Department of the Interior is an exciting opportunity for Haskell Indian Nations University.
Editorial: Education addition
A new technical training center will provide a missing link in Lawrence’s education chain.
May 10, 2015
It looks as if Lawrence’s long-awaited technical training campus is off and running. According to an update last week, more than 300 students are expected to be attending classes next August at the Peaslee Technical Training Center and the school district’s College and Career Center, both located near 31st Street and Haskell Avenue.
Editorial: Open records flaw
Kansas legislators should take quick action on the attorney general’s proposed corrections to the state’s open records law.
May 8, 2015
Kansans who support government transparency were disappointed last week by an attorney general’s opinion stating that the private email of government officials isn’t a public record even if the messages being sent are discussing government business.
Editorial: Give and take
Individual proposals toward balancing the state budget are getting nowhere. The state needs a broader plan that includes some meaningful compromises on tax issues.
May 7, 2015
The only way to get a state budget approved is for the governor and a majority of state legislators to compromise. That means everyone is going to have to give up something they want in order to pass a balanced budget.
Editorial: Closed doors
Behind closed doors seems to be the way most business is getting done in Topeka these days.
May 6, 2015
Whatever Kansans have to say about a new renewable energy “compromise,” state legislators aren’t interested in hearing it.
Editorial: More input
A public opinion survey can provide some valuable input for city officials.
May 5, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners can’t have too much information about what the public wants and needs from its city government.
Editorial: Athletics loss
Despite its proud athletic heritage, Haskell Indian Nations University is finding it hard to compete in the current big-money atmosphere of college sports.
May 4, 2015
Athletics has been a proud part of Haskell Indian Nations University throughout its history.
Editorial: Shameful report
A state audit report paints a deplorable picture of a Kansas program charged with rehabilitating sexual offenders.
May 3, 2015
In an effort to protect Kansas residents, the state passed legislation in 1994 designed to confine people who had committed violent sexual crimes until they no longer were a danger to the public.