Editorials

Editorial: Believing in the future is the best graduation gift any of us can give

If ever there was a year that we would have good vision, you would think it would be 2020. But this year already has proven that when it comes to seeing the future, we have anything but 20/20 vision. The Class of 2020 has been affected by this fact of the human condition more than any other ...

Editorial: Divisiveness is an overlooked symptom of this virus we are fighting

We all are becoming familiar with the list of symptoms associated with the COVID-19 disease. There’s the fever, the loss of smell and taste, the cough, the loss of energy, the feeling that an anvil is sitting upon your chest and several more. One that hasn’t gotten as much attention: a ...

Editorial: Science will beat the virus and the politicians

The best thing on television right now, actually, is a commercial. It is the one created by the drug manufacturer Pfizer, and its theme is “Science will win.” “At a time when things are most uncertain,” the commercial begins, “we turn to the most certain thing there is: science.” ...

Views from Kansas: Addressing racial disparities

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. When talking about the effects of the new coronavirus on the African American community in Kansas, we should begin by making two points crystal clear. First, there ...

Editorial: County is being too aggressive in lawsuit with Justice Matters

There are plenty of business people who would salivate at the prospect of forcing government to pay for cost overruns every time a confusing government regulation adds expense to a business project. Think of this example, which happens multiple times a year, even in our small community: A ...

Views from Kansas: Make switch to mail-in

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas leaders, the time has come. Our state needs to switch to a mail-in election system, for primary and general elections. That’s a sweeping statement, we ...

Views from Kansas: Review situation in prisons, jails

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Cellphone footage of what one inmate correctly labeled the “mayhem” at Lansing Correctional Facility last week shows prisoners trashing the place while cursing ...

Views from Kansas: Crucial time for Medicaid bill

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. When the Kansas Legislature comes back to Topeka, it will undoubtedly take up the topic of aid to citizens impacted by our current circumstances. Expanding Medicaid is ...

Views from Kansas: Aggressively test Kansans

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A biochemistry professor at Kansas State University has exactly the right idea: Kansas should aggressively test as many people as possible for the coronavirus. In a ...

View from Kansas: Access problem hurts rural areas

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. As the new coronavirus spreads, it has exposed a variety of societal vulnerabilities. For example, giant cities have seen how their long-touted lifestyle — packing ...

Editorial: We will survive the COVID storm, and America will be prosperous again

When it comes to loosening our social-distance requirements and other measures designed to fight COVID-19, the country should take its guidance from health experts, not President Donald Trump. That said, it is wise for public leaders — both Republicans and Democrats — to start talking ...

KU deserves credit and thanks for keeping the paychecks flowing

The University of Kansas and several other government entities and businesses in the Lawrence area deserve credit for how they are treating their employees during these trying times. KU leaders came out relatively quickly to explain that employees of the university will continue to be paid, ...

Editorial: Patience, perseverance, perspective needed as we battle the virus

There are times where it is particularly important to practice the three P’s in life: patience, perseverance and perspective. We’ve come to one of those times as our country and communities confront new realities in the face of the coronavirus. The virus has disrupted ordinary and ...

Views from Kansas: A prison crisis for women

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The number of women in prison in Kansas has grown significantly. Topeka Correctional Facility, the only women’s prison in the state, is now slightly above ...

Views from Kansas: Susan Wagle’s immoral stand

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Only Susan Wagle, president of the Kansas Senate, could make her fellow Republican Jim Denning look like Winston Churchill. What’s she done now, you ask? Publicly ...

Views from Kansas: Church should back legislation

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What the Kansas Catholic Conference might consider giving up for Lent is its official neutrality on a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for civil ...

Views from Kansas: Allow local bans on plastics

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Wichita leaders recently decided to explore a citywide ban on plastic bags. It didn’t take long for some state lawmakers to sharpen their dictatorial pencils and ...