Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Show of loyalty
Clint Bowen’s decision to stay on as an assistant head coach is a tremendous show of loyalty both to his friend, David Beaty, and to Kansas University.
December 9, 2014
For many Kansas Jayhawk fans, the best recommendation for new head football coach David Beaty may be that he is a good friend of this year’s interim coach, Clint Bowen.
Editorial: Downtown grocer
Bringing a full grocery store back to downtown Lawrence may require some innovative thinking.
December 8, 2014
It’s been quite a while since anyone tried to build a grocery store in downtown Lawrence, so it’s not surprising that such a plan would present some new wrinkles for city officials.
Editorial: Election success?
Kansas legislators must address the problems that have left thousands of Kansas voter registrations in limbo.
December 6, 2014
A news release from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office declared, “2014 Midterm Election A Success.” That assessment is based on the fact that more Kansans were registered to vote and more actually cast ballots in the Nov. 4 election than in any previous midterm election.
Editorial: Early start
An earlier start time for Lawrence City Commission meetings might benefit both commissioners and the public.
December 5, 2014
It’s a simple change but one that might make it easier for Lawrence residents to participate in the city’s decision-making process.
Editorial: Warning flag
A recent audit raises some concerns about the ability of city revenues to keep up with rising city expenses.
December 4, 2014
Most Lawrence taxpayers probably aren’t surprised that an audit presented to Lawrence city commissioners this week showed a sizable increase in city spending.
Editorial: Boundary shifts
The Lawrence school district has many factors to consider as it adjusts boundaries for elementary and middle schools.
December 3, 2014
Balancing enrollment numbers and areas in Lawrence schools, especially at the elementary school level, is no easy task.
Editorial: Parking ploy
City commissioners should reject a new parking plan for a proposed apartment building near KU.
December 2, 2014
In its continuing effort to circumvent reasonable parking requirements for an apartment building it hopes to build near the Kansas University campus, HERE, LLC has come up with a plan that is both unworkable and unenforceable.
Editorial: Alvamar future
The Lawrence builder who bartered the public-private deal on Rock Chalk Park now is turning his attention to Alvamar.
November 30, 2014
Alvamar Golf and Country Club leaders have confirmed they have reached a preliminary deal to sell the prominent west Lawrence property to Bliss Sports, a group that Lawrence builder Thomas Fritzel founded to facilitate the public-private partnership at Rock Chalk Park.
Editorial: Voting moves
Shifting local elections to November is a poor way to address low voter turnout.
November 29, 2014
Kansas legislators once again are studying different options for moving local city and school board elections.
Editorial: Guard duty
Substandard wages and working conditions are making it hard for Kansas correctional facilities to hire and retain officers.
November 27, 2014
Considering the problems revealed during recent legislative hearings in Topeka, it’s no surprise that vacancy rates for corrections officers at Kansas prisons are ranging between 10 percent and 20 percent.