Editorials

Views from Kansas: Will GOP work with Kelly?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In her first news conference as Kansas governor-elect, Laura Kelly, the longtime Democratic lawmaker moved briskly through the top items on her do-list: Restore LGBT ...

Editorial: More jobs for college grads

A new study shows that, while Lawrence is a leader in producing college graduates, it’s terrible at putting those graduates to work. That’s a statistic needing to be reversed if Lawrence and Kansas are ever going to slow the brain drain of college graduates leaving for jobs in other ...

Views from Kansas: Schwab should improve voting

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. When it comes to improving voter participation, Kansas has work to do. A recent Northern Illinois University study ranked the state ninth most difficult for citizens ...

Editorial: Residency not top priority

The city of Lawrence should seek to hire the best employees it can regardless of where they live. Policies that require city employees, including top administrators, to live in the city are anachronistic and unnecessary. The city has about 750 full-time employees. Current policy requires ...

Editorial: Balancing power

One message voters sent to state and national lawmakers in Tuesday’s midterm elections is to focus more on governing and less on arguing. By breaking up the Republican party’s stranglehold on Kansas, giving control of Congress to the Democrats and keeping Republicans in charge of the ...

Editorial: Wise move on longevity bonus

The Lawrence City Commission was right to begin the process of moving the city away from paying employees longevity bonuses. On Tuesday, commissioners voted to adopt a new policy that tiers and caps longevity bonuses paid to qualifying employees beginning in 2019. The policy eliminates the ...

Editorial: AD Long made right call on coach Beaty

University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long made the right decision Sunday in announcing that David Beaty would not coach the Jayhawks beyond this season. It was a change Long had to make if KU Athletics is going to improve its financial outlook and solidify its standing as a member of ...

Editorial: Ethics policy changes are wise

The Lawrence City Commission should update the city ethics policy. City commissioners are expected to consider updates to the policy at a meeting on Tuesday. The policy was adopted more than 25 years ago, in 1991. City Manager Tom Markus is recommending the changes which he said sends a ...

Editorial: Every single vote matters

There is much at stake in Tuesday’s election from control of Congress to leadership of the state of Kansas. Strong turnout should be a no-brainer. Advance voting totals from the Douglas County Clerk’s office indicate as much. Preliminary numbers show the county could set a record for ...

Editorial: KU can’t quit Adidas

The University of Kansas has made crystal clear that money comes first when it comes to its athletics programs. How else to explain the university’s desire to continue taking millions from Adidas while refusing to make public basic information regarding its deal with the shoe company? Last ...

Views from Kansas: Trouble in Dodge City

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The October Jim Crow Award goes to Dodge City and Barton County, where officials have come up with a new way to make voting difficult, if not impossible. Dodge City, ...

Views from Kansas: Voting is worse elsewhere?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas, how embarrassing. Really, we’re only the ninth-hardest state in which to vote? Given all the energy that’s gone into making casting a ballot as difficult ...

Editorial: Toll proposal grossly unfair

Kansas drivers should not be punished for lawmakers’ mistakes by being forced to pay tolls to fund highway projects, including an expanded South Lawrence Trafficway. Kansas Department of Transportation officials said at a meeting last month that tolls could be used to fund expansion of ...

Editorial: Voters deserve much better

Issues that have risen in the past week raise concerns about voting in Kansas and underscore the need for the Legislature to tackle serious election reforms. Last week, an uproar emerged in Dodge City, a southwest Kansas town of 27,000 that moved its only polling place from the civic center in ...

Editorial: Laura Kelly for governor

Kansas voters should elect Democrat Laura Kelly of Topeka as their next governor. Kelly offers the pragmatic, bipartisan approach the state needs in its highest office, especially if it is to continue its course of economic recovery. What Kansas doesn’t need is a return to the tenure of ...

Views from Kansas: Poorly justified budget cuts

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. For the last several years Kansas has boasted of its shrinking welfare rolls. And it’s true. Ever since the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback tightened ...

Editorial: Homebuyers’ responsibility

The recent debate over benefit districts to fund the reconstruction of Queens Road is a reminder of the importance of knowing what you sign. The Lawrence City Commission recently approved two benefit districts that together will tax property owners in the districts’ boundaries to fund the ...

Views from Kansas: A case for more immigration

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Businessman Greg Orman, who is running for Kansas governor as an independent, made some impressive arguments when he met with The Kansas City Star editorial board ...

Editorial: Visitors Center better on Mass.

It makes sense for Explore Lawrence to move the Lawrence Visitors Center from Second Street in North Lawrence to the 800 block of Massachusetts Street. Explore Lawrence expects the move to the new site to occur by March. The new site is the former Juice Stop location at 812 Massachusetts ...

Editorial: Jail expansion plan appropriate

Douglas County commissioners are right to pursue an expansion of the county jail rather than use temporary modular cells. Last week, commissioners directed administrative staff and sheriff’s office personnel to develop a plan on how to use $3 million available in the county’s 2019 budget ...