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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Knowledge gap
A surprising statement during a meeting this week may indicate members of the Kansas Board of Regents need to learn more about the system they oversee.
January 16, 2015
A discussion this week about qualified admissions at state universities prompted a rather stunning statement from a member of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Editorial: Messy deal
It’s unfortunate, but it seems the city has little choice but to order a comprehensive audit of the Rock Chalk Park project.
January 15, 2015
As much as they’d probably like to close the financial books on Rock Chalk Park, Lawrence city commissioners did the right thing Tuesday night by withholding the city’s final payment on the project until a comprehensive audit is conducted.
Editorial: Recycling center
Long before the city began talking about curbside recycling, the dropoff center on South Iowa Street was providing a valuable community service.
January 14, 2015
Before the Wal-Mart recycling center fades into history, it deserves one last thank-you from the community it served for more than 20 years.
Editorial: Wrong image
Lawrence needs to be known for something more positive than its drinking habits.
January 13, 2015
There are some valid arguments that Lawrence doesn’t really deserve the title of Most Hungover City in America, as awarded by the Business Insider website. But that doesn’t keep anyone who views that ranking from forming a certain, probably negative, impression of our fair city.
Editorial: The other race
The Lawrence school board also is in need of strong, qualified candidates.
January 12, 2015
The Lawrence City Commission election is drawing more than the usual amount of interest this year, but the Lawrence school board race has gotten little attention — and that’s too bad.
Editorial: Step one
Gathering information and looking at possible plans could be the first step in expanding Medicaid coverage in Kansas.
January 11, 2015
Right now, the chances that the Kansas Legislature will approve any expansion of Medicaid appear almost nonexistent, but things can change.
Editorial: Not so fast
City officials have another opportunity to evaluate the need for a full-time director of arts and culture.
January 9, 2015
It’s too bad that the city’s new arts and culture director is leaving Lawrence after just four months on the job, but her departure gives city officials an opportunity to take another look at how essential this new position is.
Editorial: School funds
Maintaining the current level of local tax funding for the Lawrence school district is a reasonable step.
January 8, 2015
Within the next day or so, voters in the Lawrence school district will find a ballot in their mailboxes asking whether the district should be allowed to maintain its local option budget (LOB) at the current level.
Editorial: Homeless help
Lawrence should be commended for the services it provides to the homeless, but perhaps some regional efforts could encourage other nearby counties to do more.
January 7, 2015
Is Lawrence attracting more than its share of homeless people? Maybe so, but if that is the case, the answer may be better regional planning rather than a reduction in local services.
Editorial: Changing role
Local residents appear to be making good use of their new public library.
January 6, 2015
The role of public libraries isn’t what it used to be, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still fill an important purpose in their communities.