Editorials

Editorial: Jail expansion plan appropriate

Douglas County commissioners are right to pursue an expansion of the county jail rather than use temporary modular cells. Last week, commissioners directed administrative staff and sheriff’s office personnel to develop a plan on how to use $3 million available in the county’s 2019 budget ...

Editorial: Paul Davis is the clear choice

Paul Davis’ experience in the Kansas Legislature, his bipartisan track record and the lack of credible opposition make him the clear choice to replace Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins as the representative in the 2nd District. Davis, a Democrat who served 12 years in the Kansas House of ...

Editorial: Investigate hoops recruiting

A federal trial this week centering on corruption in college basketball raises serious questions about the University of Kansas basketball program that university leaders must investigate or risk the integrity of the university and its athletics programs. Last spring, Chancellor Douglas Girod ...

Editorial: McClendon for secretary of state

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach spent the past eight years making Kansas one of the most difficult places in the United States to exercise the right to vote. He pushed through some of the nation’s strictest voter registration laws, disenfranchised tens of thousands of Kansas voters and ...

Views from Kansas: Be responsible; get a flu shot

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. As we dig deeper into the fall season, take a few minutes in the coming days to visit your doctor, pharmacy or other health care provider and get a flu shot. The ...

Editorial: Keep studying consolidation

The city of Lawrence is right to press forward with gathering information on a possible unified government, even if Douglas County isn’t on board. Earlier this month, commissioners agreed to seek further research into a unified city-county government. At City Manager Tom Markus’ ...

Editorial: Vote yes on Proposition 1

Douglas County residents should vote yes on Proposition 1, which would implement a quarter-cent sales tax countywide to fund the construction and operation of a new mental-health campus. The mental health campus includes a 20,000-square-foot crisis center, transitional housing for those with ...

Views from Kansas: Don’t cut merit-based aid

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. More bad enrollment news from K-State: They’re killing off the Putnam Scholarship. The university announced last week that it was eliminating the Putnam, a major ...

Editorial: Lower penalties for marijuana

Lawrence city commissioners are right to support reducing penalties for marijuana possession. At a work session Tuesday, commissioners were unanimous in backing a change to the city ordinance regarding marijuana possession to lessen punishments, which are more severe than what state law ...

Views from Kansas: Trump spins yarns in Topeka

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The crowd at President Donald Trump’s rally in Topeka on Saturday night laughed at nearly everything the president had to say, taking special pleasure in his insults ...

Editorial: Journalism matters

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Much has changed in the 230-plus years since Thomas Jefferson, the father of American democracy, wrote those ...

Editorial: Court reminder phone calls are a good idea

Lawrence Municipal Court should be commended for taking steps to reduce failure-to-appear warrants. The average failure-to-appear rate in 2018 is 40 percent for misdemeanor criminal arraignments. That’s up from an average rate of 35 percent in 2017 and 31 percent in 2016. In an effort to ...

Editorial: No time for cruise control

Thinking about new federal regulations sounds pretty boring ... then you get passed by an 80 mph semi with no driver behind the wheel. Among the many behind-the-scenes actions taking place in the Trump administration is the crafting of regulations related to driverless vehicles. It is a topic ...

Editorial: Insurance move the right call

City commissioners were right to strike a $1 million insurance requirement from new regulations governing short-term rental operators. Requiring the insurance policy goes beyond the city’s role in establishing special-use permit requirements for short-term rentals. Such insurance isn’t ...

Editorial: KU enrollment concerning

The University of Kansas issued a news release Monday celebrating enrollment growth at the university. The same day, the Kansas Board of Regents issued a report showing enrollment at KU is down. Turns out, enrollment is in the eye of the beholder. This summer, the Board of Regents changed the ...

Views from Kansas: Can voters trust Steve Watkins?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The season for padding credentials on the campaign trail has arrived. A candidate for the Oregon Legislature just bailed out of the race after falsely claiming she ...

Editorial: Move ahead on Queens Road

The reconstruction of Queens Road is long overdue. The City Commission is hosting a public hearing tonight for the two benefit districts that will be asked to pay for the road project. After the hearing, the city is scheduled to vote on moving forward with the improvements. Debate has gone ...

Editorial: A good plan for financial aid

The Legislature should support the Kansas Board of Regents’ plan to put an additional $50 million toward financial aid for the state’s students. As part of its budget request, the Board of Regents is seeking $25 million in state funds for a financial aid program. The matching funds would ...

Editorial: Kavanaugh delay is right

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona restored sensibility Friday to the bitterly partisan debate over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Flake’s call for a limited, one-week FBI investigation into an allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted acquaintance Christine ...

Views from Kansas: Insurance under attack

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In their efforts to prove they can outfox the Affordable Care Act, 20 Republican state attorneys general are working to prove its unconstitutionality and in the ...