Editorials

Coaching move

It’s interesting to wonder what prompted Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin to walk away from his successful program in Manhattan to take over an underperforming program in South Carolina.There are reports of a rift between Martin and K-State’s athletic director, John Currie, but ...

Transparency

One of the most consistent pledges in the 2008 Obama campaign for the presidency was that his administration would be known for restoring “transparency” in how he and his top aides ran the government.It was a nice-sounding pledge, but, as usual, campaign promises somehow seem to be ...

Affordable education

A conference being planned at Kansas University addresses one side of the growing student debt problem, but it shouldn’t let KU and other universities think they don’t have to do their part to cut costs and control tuition.On Thursday and Friday, a number of education and social welfare ...

Redistricting rift

Usually, any fights about legislative and congressional redistricting occur between Republicans and Democrats. In a Republican state like Kansas, such disputes usually are settled fairly quickly in favor of the majority party.In an interesting twist, the biggest redistricting battle in Kansas ...

Tennis compromise

Back and forth action is an expected part of the game of tennis, but the back and forth surrounding the city’s efforts to install lights on eight tennis courts in the Centennial neighborhood has gone on long enough. City commissioners will be asked at their Tuesday meeting to move ahead with ...

KPERS course

A measure passed by the Kansas House this week may need some tuning up, but it proposes some positive steps toward shoring up the state’s pension system for teachers and government workers.As did some other plans, the bill passed by the House would spell the end of the guaranteed benefit plan ...

Happy ‘Hawks

What a treat to see the Jayhawk women’s basketball team celebrating Tuesday’s second-round victory in the NCAA Tournament!The Kansas University women were among the last four teams to gain entry into the post-season tournament. With a No. 11 seed, the Jayhawks beat the sixth-seeded Nebraska ...

Lasting mystery

Someday, maybe someday soon, the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance will be solved.Earhart searchers have revealed a new clue they believe may lead to the wreck of her plane near an island in the South Pacific. Many other clues to Earhart’s disappearance during an attempted ...

Good investment

Even in the high-tech bioscience industry, an old blue-collar axiom still applies: Strike while the iron is hot. Local economic development leaders are striking while the iron is hot when it comes to aggressively pursuing plans for a $10 million expansion of the Bioscience and Technology ...

Law school rankings

A recent Journal-World story reported the latest U.S. News and World Reports academic ranking for the nation’s public universities.Kansas University had 10 programs ranked in the top 10, but KU alumni and friends were surprised and disappointed to learn the magazine had dropped the KU School ...

Lasting legacy

Sidney Garrett cared about Lawrence and, at her death, she made sure more than a dozen local organizations and Kansas University entities knew how much.Garrett, who died last summer shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, left a trust fund worth about $904,000, which now is being distributed ...

Move on

It’s time for Secretary of State Kris Kobach to accept the Jan. 1, 2013, effective date for a new law that will require Kansans to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.That’s the date approved by the Kansas Legislature and the governor last year, but Kobach has continued to ...

Library future

Brad Allen, the new director of the Lawrence Public Library, comes to town as the library is about to undergo a $19 million expansion and just in time to have an impact on some key decisions about that project.The Topeka native worked for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library before ...

Academic champs

There obviously is more than one way to measure the academic excellence of a university basketball team, but it was nice to see Kansas University claim the national championship in one such calculation.After the NCAA Tournament bracket was announced Sunday, the Inside Higher Ed website applied ...

Basketball state

When was the last time Kansas University basketball fans got this excited about their team getting into the NCAA Tournament?Even before the pairings were announced Sunday, the Wichita State University Alumni Association had almost filled a 152-seat chartered flight to the Shockers’ ...

Question time

Lawrence school board members are taking a step in the right direction by starting to ask specific questions related to possible elementary school consolidation.At Monday’s meeting, they focused on the district’s English as a Second Language program, which currently has cluster sites at two ...

Dental care

Dental care isn’t just a cosmetic issue. It is an important health concern that is drawing needed attention across Kansas.In an attempt to draw even more attention to the issue, the Kansas Health Foundation is launching a new campaign called “Truth About Teeth.” The Wichita-based ...

Meth battle

A recent Journal-World story explored the explosion of methamphetamine use in four rural counties in southeast Kansas. Law enforcement officials attribute the rise in meth use to new, easier ways to make the drug, known as the “one-pot” or “shake and bake” method.Doctors, pharmacists, ...

Recreation opportunity

Emerging plans to build a major recreation facility in northwest Lawrence present some exciting possibilities for the city.After several years of discussion about the city building a new recreation center near Free State High School, a group of public and private entities now have shifted the ...

Partisan appearance

As the Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach’s most important job is to oversee elections in the state.Although secretaries of state are chosen in partisan elections, Kansans expect that, once they are in office, they will rise above partisan leanings and commit themselves — both by their ...