Editorials

Editorial: Mental health center on ballot

Douglas County commissioners are right to support a ballot initiative asking voters to approve funding for a behavioral health campus and expanded mental health programming. The issue, which still must be finalized, will be on the ballot in November. The move follows voters’ rejection in May ...

Editorial: Raise the alarm on trafficking

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Barry Feaker, executive director of the Topeka Rescue Mission, is embarking on a mission with local partners to understand human trafficking in Topeka and Shawnee ...

Editorial: Bear in mind police survey

The Lawrence Police Department should keep in perspective the results of a community survey into attitudes toward officers. After all, the study only reached 774 residents and wasn’t necessarily a representative sample of the Lawrence community. Still, the persistent gap between perceptions ...

Editorial: Kobach shows his unfitness

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent visit to Dodge City spoke volumes. Scheduled for a meet-and-greet event Wednesday, the ultraconservative hoping to become ...

Editorial: Use surplus for capital projects

It’s a smart move for the city of Lawrence to put a $2.25 million budget surplus into the city’s capital improvement reserve fund, assuming the city gets aggressive in addressing projects. The city has to do something with the $2.25 million or risk running afoul of its own fiscal policy, ...

Views from Kansas: Reducing fee for license wise

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. As July began, Kansas lowered the costs of a state concealed carry license. Those wishing to purchase a license will now pay $112, instead of the $132.50 they had to ...

Editorial: Flag art puts KU in a bad light

Officials were right to take down what appeared to be a desecrated American Flag flying at Spooner Hall on the University of Kansas campus. On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jeff Colyer insisted that Chancellor Douglas Girod and the Board of Regents take down the flag, which has flown since July 5 ...

Views from Kansas: Sports gambling a good bet

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Legislators in Kansas and Missouri are taking a hard look this summer at how their states might offer sports gambling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

Editorial: Approve plan for bike sharing

Expanding a bike-share service in place at the University of Kansas to other parts of the city is a smart, cost-efficient way to test demand for such a service in Lawrence. At a meeting tonight, Lawrence city commissioners will consider approving an agreement between the city and VeoRide Inc. ...

Views from Kansas: Right decision on online tax

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. While the U.S. Supreme Court might not have clothed itself in glory as it closed out its term this year — upholding President Trump’s ban on travelers from ...

Editorial: KU makes smart AD hire

The hiring of Jeff Long to serve as athletic director for the University of Kansas is a big step forward for KU. Long is the most experienced athletic director that Kansas has hired in the modern era. He has been an athletic director for 18 years, including 15 years at Pittsburgh and Arkansas, ...

Editorial: City should release report

Lawrence city commissioners should act quickly to arrange for the public release of a survey conducted last year to assess community perceptions of local police. After all, a consultant, paid $20,000 to conduct the survey, said she completed the work months ago and provided a final report to ...

Views from Kansas: Conversations about respect

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Newspaper reporters and editors around the country woke up Friday and activated phones or iPads, scanning news sites and social media. It’s a daily ritual of ...

Editorial: Celebrating our independence

Today we celebrate America’s independence with cookouts, fireworks displays and a day off from work. But amid our celebrations with family and friends, it’s worthwhile to reflect upon the meaning of the day and the words of promise in the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by ...

Editorial: Revisit law on marijuana

It’s reasonable for Lawrence city leaders to lower punishments for marijuana possession in the wake of shifting public attitudes toward the drug. Lawrence resident Laura Green prompted the marijuana discussion when she presented a proposal to the City Commission to make changes to the ...

Views from Kansas: We need a better farm bill

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. With the annual wheat harvest underway, Kansas farmers and their communities are witnessing another mixed bag of results. Recent heavy rain and hail hindered some ...

Editorial: Amendment wasted effort

Not 24 hours after the Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling in the school finance case that offered the state an olive branch, conservatives began calling for a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature exclusive control over school funding. Not only is such an effort unwise from a ...

Editorial: Open negotiations benefit public

City commissioners have important decisions to make about how to pay and treat Lawrence police officers and detectives. While it may be too early to come to conclusions about how the city and the Lawrence Police Officers Association should resolve their latest contract negotiations, one ...

Views from Kansas: U.S. owes it to immigrant families to make them whole again

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. It was good news of a sort last week when President Donald Trump stopped defending the indefensible and signed an executive order that he claimed would stop the ...

Views From Kansas: Bringing fairness to internet sales

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. For many years, local retailers have operated with a disadvantage: They have to collect sales tax from their customers, while online competitors don’t. That means ...