Editorials

‘Gotcha’ game

Election campaigns really should be more than a game of verbal “gotcha.”It seems that far too often these days, candidates — and often the news media — focus too much attention on a single statement by an opponent that may or may not be taken out of context or properly reflect the ...

Job satisfaction

These days Labor Day is mostly celebrated as a federal holiday that comes with a three-day weekend and marks the unofficial end of summer, but it’s still an appropriate time to ponder the significance of work and American workers.The value of work has taken on new significance in recent years ...

Wrong order

The Lawrence City Commission’s plan to consider on Tuesday whether to rezone 146 acres at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway seems like it’s putting the cart before the horse.Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to rezone that property ...

Oread plan

A plan to create design guidelines for the Oread neighborhood east and north of the Kansas University campus is a positive step because it recognizes that various parts of the neighborhood serve different purposes and have different needs.The Oread neighborhood wraps around campus on the north ...

Enforcement overstep?

There’s something that doesn’t seem to fit concerning statements from the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency about the Lance Armstrong case.The agency, you’ll recall, ordered a lifetime ban for the renowned and highly admired cyclist, and stripped him (or so it believes) of all his ...

Space inspiration

In 1969, America had no greater hero than astronaut Neil Armstrong. People got up in the middle of the night to watch blurry television transmissions from the moon, including Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. People remember where they were at that moment in the same way they remember ...

Errant alarm

It’s good that entertainers taking part in last weekend’s Busker Festival helped turn a blaring fire alarm at U.S. Bank into part of the show, but Saturday’s incident points out the need for the bank and other local businesses to better prepare for such situations.A malfunctioning fire ...

Housing the rules

It’s interesting and good news to learn about the proposed two-story addition to Allen Fieldhouse to house the historic James Naismith document outlining the original rules for the game of basketball.The document was bought by Kansas University alumnus David Booth at a cost of $4.3 million, ...

Notable blooms

While they struggled to keep their flowers alive through this hot, dry summer, a lot of Lawrence gardeners probably have been a little envious of the lush blooms in the downtown flower planters.The beds are always beautiful, but they were especially remarkable given this year’s harsh ...

End is near?

If you’re going to be in Topeka next month, you might stop in the Kansas Capitol building to get a look at how some of your hard-earned tax dollars were spent by state lawmakers.The first week in September, construction workers are scheduled to start removing the temporary walls that have ...

Preservation games

Who’s kidding whom?A large apartment building is under construction at the northwest corner of 11th and Indiana streets. No doubt it will be a fine addition to the housing market, and, because of its location, it will be particularly attractive to Kansas University students.There usually are ...

Surprise ending

A program that had become an uplifting annual tradition at Kansas University over the last 16 years has come to an end.For the first time since 1996, the group that became known as the “surprise patrol” won’t be making its rounds on the KU campus this year to notify faculty members that ...

Meeting memories

The outcome of a monthslong investigation into dinner meetings at Gov. Sam Brownback’s residence was received with mix reactions across the state.Some were angry and disappointed that lawmakers were not charged with violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Others were glad no one was ...

Voting options

Showing up as the topic of David Letterman’s Top 10 list usually isn’t a good thing.Unfortunately, that’s where U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., found himself Monday night.Becoming the butt of the talk show host’s barbs was just one example of the unwanted attention that rained down on ...

Education need

The Kansas Board of Regents is right to be concerned about the increasing number of students who are choosing to attend for-profit colleges instead of state-supervised universities, community colleges and vocational-technical schools.There is no reason the Kansas higher education system can’t ...

Anniversary plan

Tuesday will mark the 149th anniversary of one of the most notable events in Lawrence history: Quantrill’s Raid.Also on Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission is expected to approve the creation of an advisory committee to plan how to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that notorious raid. A ...

Learning at home

There are many examples in Lawrence and elsewhere in Kansas of families who do an outstanding job of educating their children at home. However, the concern of some Kansas State Board of Education members that not all home school situations in the state are beneficial for students seems worthy ...

KU welcome

Traffic and activity have been picking up around Lawrence in the last week or so, but the influx of Kansas University students will ramp up significantly today with the opening of KU residence halls.It’s an exciting time both for students and for the community. KU and its students, faculty ...

Full-time job?

Was anyone looking for the Kansas Secretary of State on Wednesday?One person who might have been looking was Shanti Gandhi of Topeka, who wants Secretary of State Kris Kobach to intervene in a special election scheduled by Shawnee County commissioners to resolve a mix-up that caused many voters ...

Election integrity

A new study about voter fraud coupled with the story of a perhaps outcome-altering mistake at a Topeka polling place last week may make Kansans wonder just where the greatest threat to election integrity actually lies.News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting project, this week released ...