Editorials

Editorial: Girod right on KU finances

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and his administration are taking the right approach to getting the university’s finances in order. The chancellor and interim Provost Carl Lejuez have been forthright in explaining the need for $20 million in budget cuts. They deserve credit for ...

Editorial: Unending cast of convicts

When the plumber has to bring a crew of convicts with him to unplug the drain, it probably is time to become suspicious. That seems to be where America is at currently. President Donald Trump famously declared he was going to drain the swamp, but a growing number of his drain cleaners keep ...

Editorial: Kansas may hold a lost city

What’s lurking beneath the surface in Kansas may rewrite national — perhaps even world — history. Thankfully, for once, this isn’t some statement or metaphor about politics or a conservative movement or some other piece of controversy that causes books with titles like “What’s the ...

Editorial: One less parade to love this year

As the saying goes, everybody loves a parade. Area residents this year will have one less to love, as the University of Kansas has announced the cancellation of its Band Day tradition, which normally includes a downtown parade and a special halftime football performance featuring high school ...

Editorial: A true football folly

Maybe winning football games makes you forgetful. Fans of the Ohio State University football program should hope that is the case; otherwise they may have to confront the possibility that their beloved football coach — and perhaps their entire university — has priorities deeply out of ...

Editorial: America needs new innovation

The bull that roams Wall Street is old, but is becoming less impressive with each buck. Wednesday was a milestone day. It was the day the U.S. stock market set a new record for the longest-running bull market in history. A bull market generally is considered a period where stock prices ...

Views from Kansas: GOP’s, labor’s lingering divorce

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. With Labor Day on the September horizon, we are reminded of a chilly divorce, a dramatic shift in the state’s political landscape. Sixty years ago organized labor ...

Editorial: Remember Quantrill’s Raid

Today’s date is one that is etched all over Lawrence, if not in our minds. On Aug. 21, 1863, Lawrence residents were awoken by gun shots, by screams of the terrified and by the wails of the heartbroken. William Quantrill, a Confederate guerrilla leader from Missouri, led a band of outlaws ...

Editorial: Economy will affect election

The Kansas economy is humming better than it has in more than a decade. Kansans’ perception of why that is could go a long way toward deciding the governor’s race. The economic expansion began almost immediately after the state Legislature, in May 2017, repealed the aggressive tax cuts ...

Editorial: Best decision on mental health

The Douglas County Commission made the right decision in choosing to seek a quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund the construction and operation of a mental health campus. The county’s other options included a half-cent sales tax increase and a combination of sales and property taxes. The ...

Views from Kansas: Every vote is meaningful

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. One hundred and twenty-one votes. That was the initial margin, which continued to fluctuate, separating Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach for the GOP ...

Editorial: Who’s the real enemy here?

There is nothing fake about the work being done by reporters at the Lawrence Journal-World. To the contrary, Sara Shepherd’s stories about a Missouri woman who allegedly drove a stolen car into the Kansas River, drowning her 5-year-old daughter, are tragically real. Peter Hancock’s ...

Views from Kansas: State needs election reform

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This editorial was written before Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded the GOP primary to Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kansas lawmakers who care about fair and free elections ...

Editorial: Utility updates welcome

The Lawrence City Commission should sign off tonight on a multimillion-dollar plan to install automated water meters throughout the city. The automated meters will improve efficiencies and allow the city to implement tiered rate structures. It is the kind of technological investment the city ...

Editorial: Strategy needed for drainage

City commissioners are right to take the time necessary to develop the right plan for dealing with a stormwater tunnel running underneath some homes in Old West Lawrence. In 1911, the city built a 6-by-6 foot arched brick drainage tunnel in a ravine that ran from Mt. Oread through Old West ...

Editorial: Fractured GOP is still favored

Last week’s Kansas primaries revealed just how fractured the state’s Republican party is. Consider this — Republicans are on the precipice of ousting a sitting governor in a party primary for the first time since 1954 in favor of a conservative lightning rod whom the Republican Governors ...

VIews from Kansas: Too many grand juries?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Shawnee County seems to have a problem with grand juries. In a Topeka Capital-Journal story published July 29, reporters Katie Moore and Luke Ranker outlined the ...

Editorial: KU’s greek life needs reforms

If the University of Kansas truly wants to get serious about addressing the “systemic problems” plaguing fraternities at the school, perhaps it should follow the lead of its rival to the east, the University of Missouri. Missouri recently released an 18-page report filled with ...

Views from Kansas: Why oppose integrity unit?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A letter from law enforcement agencies in Wyandotte County opposed to District Attorney Mark Dupree’s request for money to establish a conviction integrity unit ...

Editorial: Take time to vote today

Douglas County residents have a number of decisions to make during today’s party primaries. Here’s hoping that residents take their civic duty seriously and that turnout for today’s election sets records. Normally, party primaries attract a fraction of the turnout that general elections ...