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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Jail expansion
Could an investment in local mental health facilities reduce the need to expand the county jail?
August 10, 2014
It’s good that county officials are giving the community some time to consider the need to expand the Douglas County Jail. Perhaps having some lead time on this issue will allow officials to consider some creative options for financing the expansion — or perhaps alternative ways to deal with space needs at the jail.
Editorial: Volunteer value
Volunteering is a valuable experience for both students and the agencies they serve.
August 8, 2014
There’s more than one way for young people to get some valuable work experience. Local teens sometimes have a difficult time finding a summer job, but there’s almost always room for some energetic young volunteers.
Editorial: Republican rift
Republican incumbents won their primary races in Kansas Tuesday, but not without some surprisingly serious challenges.
August 7, 2014
There weren’t a lot of surprises in the list of winners from Tuesday’s primary election. What was a little surprising to some observers was the narrow margin of a number of those victories.
Editorial: Recess rationale
Lawrence school board members should focus on district policy but not try to micromanage how teachers manage their classrooms.
August 6, 2014
Most Lawrence school board members have never managed an elementary school classroom.
Editorial: Fair weather
Mother Nature supplied some favorable weather last week, but the hard work of exhibitors and many volunteers also were vital to the success of the Douglas County Fair.
August 5, 2014
Douglas County isn’t as rural as it once was, but that doesn’t mean county residents have lost their interest in the county fair or in supporting the youngsters who participate in the annual event.
Editorial: Regents’ clout
His latest appointments raise questions about what qualifications the governor is seeking for members of the Kansas Board of Regents.
August 4, 2014
With the three appointments announced Friday, Gov. Sam Brownback completed his revamp of the Kansas Board of Regents. All nine members of the board now are Brownback appointees.
Editorial: Valuable vote
When turnouts are low, every vote counts a little more.
August 3, 2014
It could be argued that a primary election vote counts even more than a general election vote. That’s because turnout for primary elections is notoriously low, meaning fewer votes can tip the balance in any given race.
Editorial: Open process
Public interviews will give Kansans an opportunity to evaluate and observe both the applicants and the appointment process for the Kansas Supreme Court.
August 1, 2014
Next week’s interviews for people seeking a seat on the Kansas Supreme Court are a great contribution to government transparency.
Editorial: State security
Protecting Kansans’ personal information should be a top priority for state agencies.
July 31, 2014
A recently released audit examining the security of state government computer systems demands immediate attention from Kansas officials.
Editorial: Smoking bans
A local resident is seeking to eliminate all smoking both inside and outside public buildings in downtown Lawrence.
July 30, 2014
Lawrence was the first city in Kansas to approve a ban on smoking in most public buildings, but a petition drive currently underway to extend the smoking ban to the outdoor areas throughout downtown probably may be a step too far.