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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Closed again
The closed process Gov. Brownback is using to fill vacancies on the Kansas Court of Appeals should serve as a warning to Kansans.
February 1, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has made his second appointment to the Kansas Court of Appeals under a new law that eliminated the role of the Supreme Court Nomination Commission in the selection process.

Local Columns

January 31, 2015

Saturday Column: Upcoming city elections important for Lawrence, KU
What kind of city will Lawrence be 10 or 20 years from now? Will it be a city recognized for its excellence, its sound growth, its vibrant relationship with Kansas University paying positive dividends for the community and the state, or will the city’s growth continue to be relatively stagnant, slower than its peer communities, a city unable to attract prized industrial, manufacturing and research facilities and a city known for its high cost of living?

January 30, 2015

Your Turn: Ninth St. concerns deserve attention
Over the past couple of months, there has been lots of conversation about the Lawrence Arts Center’s proposed development for East Ninth Street. At city commission, East Lawrence neighborhood meetings, in the Journal-World and on the street, people have been discussing the potential impacts and opportunities of this first-of-its-kind project in Lawrence.

January 24, 2015

Saturday Column: Polished Obama message doesn’t tell whole story
During the past four days, President Obama has made a tremendous effort to present and sell his dream for America and this country’s future.

January 23, 2015

Your turn: Jail expansion proposal spurs questions
The Douglas County Commission is considering expanding our jail.  News reports suggest $20 million to $30 million may be spent to expand the jail from 196 to 336 beds. As representatives of the NAACP-Kansas, Kansas Appleseed, and NAMI-Kansas, we are concerned about this proposal because it will have a large impact on people of color, the justice system and people with mental illnesses. In terms of both tax dollars and the effects on human lives, this is a very serious decision, and we are encouraged to see the commissioners have committed to asking tough questions before making up their minds. Here are the three biggest questions we’ve heard so far in the community:
Letters to the Editor

January 31, 2015

Letter: Mail-ballot fan


I just voted in the election for sales tax approval in Leavenworth County. I did this from the comfort and ...

Letter: Rights have limits


Some Kansas legislators and “gun-rights” groups are currently trying to enact what they call “constitutional carry” (SB45). It’s a twisted ...

Letter: Go Red


Women are strong. We are smart. We solve problems. Women can do anything men can do. And, there are some ...

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January 29, 2015

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