Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Haskell progress
As it is for all colleges, an accreditation process is both an opportunity and a challenge for Haskell Indian Nations University.
April 14, 2015
Haskell Indian Nations University has faced a number of challenges since it was last accredited in 2005. Not all of those issues have been resolved, but hopefully the accreditation team from the Higher Learning Commission that arrived on campus Monday will be impressed by recent efforts to identify and address both problems and goals at the American Indian school.
Editorial: Corridor input
Now is the time for local residents to get involved in planning for a new downtown arts corridor.
April 13, 2015
It’s great to see so many local residents becoming engaged in the planning process for the proposed Ninth Street Corridor project.
Editorial: Highway move
A new law officially ensures that the state secretary of transportation and the director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority are one and the same.
April 12, 2015
Legislation passed two years ago to give the Kansas Department of Transportation more authority over the Kansas Turnpike was presented as a trial and even included a provision for certain provisions to sunset on July 1, 2016.
Editorial: Keeping up
City commissioners need to be sure the city doesn’t fall behind once again on street maintenance projects.
April 10, 2015
In 2008, Lawrence voters thought the condition of city streets was important enough to warrant approval of a sales tax increase to help the city catch up on street maintenance and other infrastructure needs.
Editorial: Voter apathy
Low voter turnout in local elections is worrisome, but it doesn’t justify major election changes under consideration in the Kansas Legislature.
April 9, 2015
It’s hard to understand why local elections draw so few voters to the polls. On Tuesday, three new members were elected to the Lawrence City Commission and five members to the Lawrence school board. But despite the many important issues that will be decided by these and other local officials elected in Douglas County Tuesday, only 16.05 percent of registered voters went to the polls to register their opinions.
Editorial: School funds
Kansas school districts are understandably concerned about the possibility of having to repay state funding they already have received and committed for the current school year.
April 8, 2015
State lawmakers are saying it won’t happen, but given the current uncertainty about state funding for K-12 schools, it seems reasonable for school district officials to be concerned about the prospect of having to return state money already received and committed for the current school year.
Editorial: Questionable leadership
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is hardly a stellar example of principled leadership in the U.S. Congress.
April 7, 2015
Is it any wonder the American public has such low regard, respect and confidence in the U.S. Congress when an individual such as Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada can serve as majority leader of the supposedly august and important U.S. Senate?
Editorial: SLT upgrade
Nearly 20 years after its opening, the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway needs some work to meet the needs of the completed bypass.
April 6, 2015
Kansas transportation officials recently released some disturbing statistics about the safety of the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Editorial: Important vote
The city commissioners elected this week will make some key decisions about the direction of Lawrence’s future.
April 5, 2015
The many issues now facing Lawrence make Tuesday’s City Commission election more important than most.
Editorial: Risk remains
A compromise pension bond plan maybe reduce the state’s risk, but it certainly doesn’t eliminate it.
April 3, 2015
Issuing $1 billion in bonds to help shore up the state retirement fund puts the state in less peril than issuing $1.5 billion in bonds, but this strategy still represents an uncomfortable risk for the state.