Editorials

Money, sports

A recent mailing from the Kansas University athletic department should get the attention of loyal Jayhawk fans.According to the solicitation, titled “2012-13 Basketball Fund Drive — NEW Annual Giving Timeline,” KU is near the bottom of the Big 12 Conference in the number of individual ...

Doubling up

Washburn University officials announced last week plans to build a new $40 million law school building. The current building, which opened in 1969 after the university suffered tremendous damage from a tornado, is about 96,000 square feet and accommodates approximately 420 students.Washburn ...

ID attention

While many Kansans believe it is reasonable to require voters to show photo identification at the polls, special circumstances may make it difficult for some Kansans to obtain the necessary IDs. At least for the first elections that require photo ID, state and county election officials should ...

Closed process

Close to half of the property taxes paid by Lawrence residents go to the Lawrence school district. That means local taxpayers should have more than a passing interest in the school district’s budget.Unfortunately, the budget process followed by school district officials isn’t very conducive ...

Motivation needed

The recent headline in an area newspaper read “Public universities battle for more private funds,” with a secondary headline adding, “KU, MU and KSU also cutting costs, raising tuition, seeking federal research dollars.”All this is true, but what is not said, or at least isn’t said ...

Cold comfort?

The current heat wave hanging over Kansas has a number of safety and economic impacts for the state.As Lawrence residents venture out for the Downtown Sidewalk Sale today, they should be mindful of the health effects of 100-degree-plus temperatures. The sale is a fun event and an annual ...

Football power

The biggest question coming out of the horrible child sexual abuse situation involving an assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University is how this could have happened and gone on for so long without someone speaking up and demanding legal action and punishment.The just-released ...

Helping village

During her husband’s presidency Hillary Clinton helped popularize the slogan “It takes a village to raise a child.”The idea is that it takes many people — parents, teachers, churches, neighbors, etc. — to provide all the safety, guidance, supervision, activity and inspiration that ...

Depot dilemma

A group of dedicated local residents has done a stellar job of sprucing up the Burlington Northern Santa Fe depot in east Lawrence and making the case for preserving the 1950s-era structure. However, from a practical standpoint, their efforts hit a major stumbling block last week when city ...

Ugly truth

A report issued last week concluded that some of Pennsylvania State University’s “most powerful leaders” failed to properly respond to reports of child sexual abuse by a member of the football coaching staff “in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity.”It turned out not to be ...

Spending spree

More and more, it appears the policy of Lawrence city officials and city commissioners is to figure out ways to spend rather than to conserve money or at least to spend more than what might be necessary to attain the same results.First came the $18 million library expansion at a time when ...

SLT milestone

After decades of debate and litigation, it appears the eastern leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway finally has cleared its last major hurdle.On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that will allow the bypass to be built on a route just south ...

Urgent need

A state audit report released Tuesday paints a troubling picture of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka.State officials must give top priority to addressing safety and security problems and restoring order at the facility, one of only two maximum and medium security facilities ...

Prepare to vote

New district lines and new voting regulations mean that voters planning to participate in upcoming elections need to make some additional preparation.Those who want to vote in the Aug. 7 primary have until July 17 to register. That can be accomplished by visiting the Douglas County Clerk’s ...

Extended service

For Lawrence residents who depend on public transportation, life pretty much has to happen between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.If they work a late shift or attend an evening meeting or performance, they may find themselves stranded after the city’s T buses have gone home for the night.Extending the ...

Be prepared

Kansas cannot afford to take a head-in-the-sand approach to the Affordable Care Act.Having already returned $31.5 million in federal money that would have been used to help Kansas tailor its own health insurance exchanges to comply with the new health care law, Gov. Sam Brownback now says he ...

KCI redo

Earlier this week, Kansas City, Mo.’s aviation director and some architects involved in designing the three-terminal Kansas City International Airport got together to discuss plans to make major alterations to the airport that has been hailed for its passenger-friendly features.The consensus ...

Reasonable plan

Lawrence City Manager David Corliss was right to take a moderate approach to expanded police department spending in the budget plan he presented last week.Rather than recommending that the city move forward on a new $30 million police facility and staff increases geared to adding 46 new ...

Timely comment

At a time when so much seems to be wrong with our country and its political system, it is, perhaps, comforting to know that the nation has struggled with many of the same problems before — and survived.The Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University currently is playing host to a notable ...

Dental needs

It’s not surprising that a task force asked by the Kansas Board of Regents to determine whether Kansas needs its own dental school would confirm such a need, but is that the best strategy to deal with a shortage of dentists in rural areas of Kansas?Even members of the Oral Health Care Task ...