Editorials

Editorial: Round two

If this year’s series of presidential debates was likened to a three-round prize fight, most ringside judges would have given round one, by a wide margin, to challenger Mitt Romney.The champion’s trainers gave their fighter, President Obama, quick instructions on how to take the fight to ...

Editorial: Armored and ready

OK, Lawrence, we’re about to get our very own armored car — whether we need it or not.America’s taxpayers collectively will pick up the tab, so the $152,000 expense won’t be borne entirely by Lawrence taxpayers. A Homeland Security grant will fund the acquisition, and it’s not yet ...

Editorial: Looking forward

Perhaps it ain’t over ’til it’s over, but it appears that the bitter, decades-long effort to build, or to stop the building of, the leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway through the Baker Wetlands may be at an end.Opponents of the road opted not to appeal a U.S. 10th Circuit Court of ...

Editorial: Finally fair

It has taken awhile — more than a year since the issue rose to the surface and that’s considerably longer than it should have — but as of today an issue of unfairness to Kansas retailers apparently will have been resolved.That’s when the “K-State Official Online Store” will begin to ...

Editorial: Debate difference

If nothing else (and certainly there were other lasting impressions) Thursday’s debate between the vice presidential candidates teed it up for Tuesday’s second face-off between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney.The fact that Thursday’s event had more “show-biz” ...

Editorial: News puzzle

Recently the Journal-World had a nightmarish occurrence when an entire section of the newspaper was inadvertently left out of the day’s paper. Our readers’ reaction may be instructive.Although it’s National Newspaper Week, it doesn’t feel like a time for celebrating. Around the country, ...

Editorial: Get serious, KU

Kansas Athletics needs to play by the rules.Whether it’s the latest ridiculous situation of failing to register the football team trailer properly or earlier, repeated, instances of improper ways (meaning not in step with the law’s requirements) of how automobiles given to coaches are ...

Editorial: Say thank you

Events this coming Sunday and Tuesday in Lawrence are especially worthy of community note, and both involve giving heartfelt recognition to our fellow citizens who have unselfishly risked their lives to protect our community and our freedoms.On Sunday afternoon, the Dole Institute of Politics ...

Editorial: Worthy legacy

Congratulations to the family of the late Bob Frederick for their efforts to keep alive the memory and the values of the former Kansas University athletic director who died in a 2009 bicycle accident.This past weekend was noteworthy for two events that promoted physical activity and healthy ...

Editorial: Jail challenge

Too often, it seems, when people with mental illness have nowhere else to go, they end up in jail.The state has closed some mental health facilities, and the ones that are left have waiting lists to get in. Local law enforcement and mental health agencies do what they can to help prisoners and ...

Editorial: Hallmark heads-up

It’s bad news and good news for Lawrence — and a signal that nothing should be taken for granted in today’s times of extended economic uncertainty and swift technological changes.The Hallmark Cards plant on McDonald Drive, gracing the entrance to Lawrence from the Kansas Turnpike, has ...

Editorial: Clear victor

According to various television monitoring reports, between 50 million and 60 million Americans watched Wednesday’s presidential debate, and it’s likely the majority of those viewers were surprised by what they saw and heard.Supporters of President Obama probably were surprised and ...

Editorial: Business advancement

Thursday’s announcement of plans for a new School of Business building at Kansas University was great news.It’s good for the School of Business in that it will provide expanded space and facilities for both students and faculty, it will result in new and expanded programs at the school, and ...

Editorial: Ready to work

The comments of business and government leaders during last week’s meeting of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors demand closer examination by everyone making decisions about K-12 and higher education in Kansas.After “a nice run” of increasing economic indicators last year, the ...

Editorial: On Main Street

The Kansas Main Street program is dead, but its website lives on.On that website, the program is lauded for more than 25 years of service providing training, consultation, business enhancement strategies and financial incentives to Kansas communities. It recognizes the pivotal role of a ...

Editorial: Saving Turnhalle

The 1869 Turnhalle building at 900 R.I. is a piece of Lawrence history that’s well worth preserving, and the community should be grateful that the Lawrence Preservation Alliance has stepped up to that task.LPA announced last week that it had purchased the Turnhalle and would undertake the ...

Editorial: Carry concerns

Overland Park is tagging along with Wichita in a decision to permit the open carrying of firearms.It was announced this week that the Overland Park City Council approved an ordinance to let legal gun owners openly carry their weapons — if they are in holsters with the safety engaged.Wichita, ...

Editorial: Funding decline

A new report on the decline of funding for public research universities should be of special concern to Kansas lawmakers.The National Science Foundation is sounding the alarm about how diminished funding could reduce the quality of the nation’s public universities. The nationwide statistics ...

Editorial: Welcome improvement

A new South Lawrence Trafficway interchange at Bob Billings Parkway may inconvenience a few area residents both during and after construction, but there are many, many more community residents who will welcome the addition of this access point to the city.At a public meeting earlier this week, ...

Editorial: Justice, peace

Kansas University has many distinguished graduates who are tackling difficult challenges in a variety of fields.It seems that few of those challenges, however, would be as great as the one faced by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as he works to bring peace to his country.Santos stopped ...