Editorials

Editorial: A thank you to KU graduates and their families

Congratulations to this year’s graduates of the University of Kansas. Hopefully the graduates found Lawrence to be a welcoming community that helped them learn and grow in ways that go beyond classroom work. Creating such an environment is one of the more important tasks we have as a ...

Views from Kansas: Bad law shown for what it is

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In 2013, Kansas legislators voted to give then-Gov. Sam Brownback sole authority to appoint judges to the Court of Appeals, pending Senate approval. That came back to ...

Editorial: Haskell graduation should remind us we can do more for the university

Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of Haskell Indian Nations University. This time of year is special in Lawrence as so many people take that next step in their lives and careers. It also is a great time to hear some stories. Rare is it for a college graduate to not have at least one good ...

Editorial: How much change can downtown handle?

Lawrence city commissioners largely followed the public’s lead in rejecting plans on Tuesday for a large apartment/retail building at 11th and Massachusetts streets. There are worse things for politicians to do than listen to the public. Hopefully, though, commissioners understand their ...

Views from Kansas: Docking debacle

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Docking State Office Building poses challenges for the Kansas state government. It’s largely empty and neglected. It would cost many millions to repair. But as ...

Editorial: Mueller should speak his mind to Congress

Of course Robert Mueller should testify before Congress. Whether the special counsel’s testimony will be particularly illuminating, though, is far from certain. While Mueller may be special in many ways, communication does not seem to be one of those ways. In his defense, communicating in ...

Views from Kansas: Abortion case wisely decided

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Supreme Court got it right. In a landmark case — one judge called it “the most significant and far-reaching decision this court has ever made” — a ...

Editorial: Don’t let political agendas muddy school security efforts

Maybe Lawrence schools don’t need metal detectors to make them safer. Maybe the devices would do more harm than good. That is an open question. At least it should be. But a pair of Lawrence school board members seem to be working to stop that question from getting the attention it ...

Views from Kansas: Junk insurance for Medicaid?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has already gotten more done in her first year in office than many thought she could, given GOP opposition to virtually everything she ran ...

Editorial: Local money likely needed to make South Lawrence Trafficway safer

A dangerous game is being played at the Youth Sports Complex in western Lawrence. It has nothing to do with the play on the soccer, baseball and football fields at the complex. Rather, the dangers come from motorists — and occasional pedestrians — trying to enter and leave the facility via ...

Editorial: Easter season ideal for new beginnings

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Easter can be a beautiful season. It often coincides with the time that both temperatures and the landscape begin to change for the better. But beyond Mother Nature’s reminders of rejuvenation, the Easter season also gives us an opportunity to think ...

Views from Kansas: Questions for Kansas Guard

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Members of the Kansas Army National Guard should be commended for their work defending our state and country. But is the leadership of that guard operating at the ...

Views from Kansas: Keep Kobach out of Cabinet

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Let’s establish right off the bat that Kris Kobach and Donald Trump fit together pretty well. Let’s also acknowledge that there’s a job opening in President ...

Editorial: Release Trump’s tax returns

Republicans may be right that efforts by Congressional Democrats to force the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns may open a big can of worms. But, this is nearly certain: The Trump administration’s refusal to release them will open an even larger can. The country seems ...

Views from Kansas: Trump’s attacks are just hot air

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. President Donald Trump continued his tiresome and inaccurate attack on wind power during a recent speech to fellow Republicans. “If you have a windmill anywhere ...

Editorial: Maybe it is time to change how students are disciplined

When it comes to getting in trouble at school, all types of images come to mind. There is that dreaded sit-down with the principal, or a detention that never did seem to turn out quite like “The Breakfast Club” sold it, or even an in-school suspension, which would leave you with an ...

Editorial: Will Christmas parade be saved?

While it may never be as popular as Lawrence’s most iconic greeting — Rock Chalk, Jayhawk — the greeting of Merry Christmas ought to have special meaning in Lawrence. After all, Lawrence is one of the most important cities in America when it comes to creating Christmas spirit. What, you ...

Views from Kansas: Statehouse system worked

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Three Kansas State University students made headlines recently when they were briefly banned from the state Capitol for a year. Their crime: They unfurled banners with ...