Editorials

Views from Kansas: Protect private information

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. At a time when computer hacking and identity theft are all too common, it’s a bit uncomfortable to disclose personal information on forms and documents, but usually ...

Editorial: Revisit laws on welfare

Kansas should look closely at whether the state’s restrictions on public assistance are in part to blame for a significant increase in children in the state’s foster care system Incoming Gov. Laura Kelly said this week that new welfare rules adopted in 2015 have put stress on poor families ...

Views from Kansas: Kansas voters getting no say

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. We live in a democracy, right? Kansas apparently needs to be reminded of that basic fact, because as things stand today, just a handful of Kansans are allowed to ...

Views from Kansas: Spines regrow as Kobach exits

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Now that Kris Kobach is on his way out, Kansas officials have rediscovered their backbones. Recently, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced his intention to take ...

Views from Kansas: Kansans, serve as precinct leaders

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas’ recent elections will lead to additional contests among new candidates. With three state senators elected to statewide offices — Democratic Gov.-elect ...

Editorial: Domestic violence alarm

Incidents of domestic violence in Douglas County are up more than 20 percent in the past two years. That’s an alarming statistic that should grab the attention of county officials and residents alike. According to the 2017 Kansas Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape Report from the Kansas ...

Views from Kansas: Voting shame

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Long before President Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act in 1993, Kansas was leading a charge to get citizens to the polls. For decades, our ...

Editorial: Approve teacher contract

It’s encouraging that the Lawrence school district and its teachers have finally reached agreement on teacher pay for the 2018-19 school year. Under the agreement reached Tuesday, teachers in the district will receive a pay increase of $1,200 across the board. The agreement sets the salary ...

Views from Kansas: An ill-advised contract at DCF

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. One of Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly’s first major decisions will be whether to invite the secretary of the Department for Children and Families to stay on in her ...

Editorial: Approve reform in justice system

Congress should endeavor to finish 2018 on a bipartisan note by approving common-sense criminal justice reform legislation. The so-called First Step Act would eliminate mandatory minimum federal sentencing guidelines, giving judges more discretion in sentencing. It would change the so-called ...

Views from Kansas: Listen to and help kids

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Recently, Kevin Hines visited Topeka. Nearly 20 years ago, he tried to kill himself. He lived, surviving the fall from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and he has ...

Editorial: Project ideal for incentives

The Lawrence City Commission was right to provide Grandstand Glassware and Apparel with incentives to expand its business and add jobs in Lawrence. Last week, the commission provided a 10-year property tax abatement to Grandstand, which is planning a $5 million expansion at its plant in East ...

Views from Kansas: Democrats need new leadership

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Even before the next Congress convenes in January, area Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Sharice Davids may have to cast a wrenching vote that could divide the Democratic ...

Editorial: Join together in giving thanks

Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to pause and remember that for which we truly are blessed. That may seem difficult a couple weeks removed from midterm elections that divided the state and the country, perhaps creating divisions within families that linger as they get together to break ...

Views from Kansas: Water supply a dire issue

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Much concern centers on the badly depleted Ogallala Aquifer, which ag-driven western Kansas needs to survive and prosper. The underground water supply has been drained ...

Editorial: Miles just what KU needed

The University of Kansas took a crucial step in fixing its flailing football program with the hiring of Les Miles as its new coach. Miles brings instant credibility to the KU program. In 15-plus seasons as a head coach at Oklahoma State and Louisiana State, Miles had just one losing season, ...

Editorial: Intersection should be closed

Given the rate of accidents, it is appropriate for the Kansas Department of Transportation to close the intersection of Kasold Drive and the South Lawrence Trafficway. KDOT will close the intersection Dec. 3. KDOT said more than 28 crashes have happened at the intersection since 2016, when the ...

Views from Kansas: Expand Medicaid

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In 2016, Kansas voters ousted numerous state lawmakers who opposed Medicaid expansion. The Legislature went on to pass a bill expanding the state’s Medicaid ...

Editorial: Consider class sizes

The Lawrence school board is right to reconsider how it approaches school class size. Board policy states that kindergarten through third-grade classes should be from 13 to 17 students and that fourth- and fifth-grade classes should be from 18 to 26 students. But school board members Kelly ...

Views from Kansas: Will GOP work with Kelly?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In her first news conference as Kansas governor-elect, Laura Kelly, the longtime Democratic lawmaker moved briskly through the top items on her do-list: Restore LGBT ...