Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Teacher insult
Legislators’ effort to abolish an educator-run teaching award is an insulting piece of micromanagement.
March 17, 2015
In a number of ways this year and last, the Kansas Legislature is expressing its dissatisfaction with the way the state’s K-12 public schools are doing their job.
Editorial: Good decision
County commissioners are smart to try to finance fairgrounds renovations without calling on the county’s new public building commission to issue bonds for the project.
March 16, 2015
Financing renovations at the Douglas County Fairgrounds without asking the county’s new public building commission to issue bonds for the project is a good move.
Editorial: Screwed up
The city’s new recreation center is getting rave reviews, but the same can’t be said for the city’s handling of the infrastructure portion of the Rock Chalk Park project.
March 14, 2015
Faced last week with the new information that city officials had supplied inaccurate documentation to the auditors examining the Rock Chalk Park project, Lawrence city commissioners still maintained that, despite the mistake, the findings of the auditor were basically sound.
Editorial: Free speech?
When freedom of speech collides with political correctness, where should society draw the line?
March 13, 2015
What is more important in the United States: freedom of speech or political correctness?
Editorial: Not just luck
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the charitable events that go with it are a great gift to Lawrence.
March 13, 2015
We always hear about the luck of the Irish, but pulling off all the events related to Tuesday’s Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes a lot more than luck.
Editorial: Rights, responsibility
A bill facing the Kansas House is justified as a way to protect gun rights, but does too little to ensure gun responsibility.
March 12, 2015
Even many supporters of Second Amendment gun rights have serious reservations about a bill now advancing to the floor of the Kansas House.
Editorial: Finance exam
State legislators should listen to the concerns of school officials across the state about plans to throw out the current school finance formula.
March 10, 2015
After withholding the details of their funding plan for K-12 public schools until halfway through the legislative session, leaders in the Kansas House and Senate now are eager to push this plan into law within days of its introduction.
Editorial: Too much time?
A local legislator thinks a shorter session might help Kansas lawmakers focus on their key responsibilities.
March 10, 2015
Members of the Kansas Legislature have too much time on their hands, State Sen. Tom Holland told those who attended the Lawrence chamber of commerce legislative update session on Saturday.
Editorial: Worth a look
A Medicaid expansion plan that is tailored to the specific needs of Kansas deserves the Kansas Legislature’s attention.
March 9, 2015
A small window of opportunity appears to be opening that may allow consideration of expanding Medicaid in Kansas.
Editorial: Greater good?
Rather than serving the best interest of the state as a whole, budget revisions endorsed last week by the Senate Ways and Means Committee seem to serve a narrower agenda.
March 8, 2015
The Senate Ways and Means Committee plan to arbitrarily redistribute funding recommended in the governor’s budget for Kansas University and Kansas State University got top billing in Friday’s Journal-World, but two other budget revisions endorsed in that same bill are equally astonishing.