Editorials

Editorial: Change in leadership is chance to rethink what Haskell can be

Haskell Indian Nations University still has the ability to stand out as unique. Whether it is the beautiful Haskell arch, the historic but worn Haskell Stadium, or maybe even just its brightly colored dormitories, it still has the ability to cause a visitor traveling by it to ask: What is that ...

Editorial: Trump’s national emergency exposing Congress as a constitutional sham

It is not often that you wish a group of politicians would become more power hungry. But the country would be better off if that sentiment took hold in the U.S. Congress. The debate over whether President Trump should be allowed to divert funds to address a “national emergency” related to ...

Editorial: Sidewalk policy is sensible

Some northwest Lawrence residents soon may be forced to pay for sidewalk repairs on their properties. At least, that is what the letters from City Hall say. City Hall officials probably should soon expect letters (or, more likely, Facebook posts) from residents arguing how the city ought to ...

Views from Kansas: Shady characters in the Statehouse

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Know who shouldn’t write bills in the Kansas Legislature? Small-minded fanatics. Now that the disturbing origin of several anti-gay, anti-porn bills introduced in ...

Editorial: Thankful for Kevin Willmott

Lawrence resident Kevin Willmott didn’t get to give his Oscar speech. He likely doesn’t mind. On Sunday, he won a coveted Oscar, but missed out on the speech because his fellow award winner Spike Lee took all the allotted speech time. Too bad for us, as Lawrence likely would have gotten ...

Views from Kansas: Junk argument, junk insurance

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Republicans are pushing a junk argument for junk health insurance Insurance that doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions, mental illness, maternity care, ...

Editorial: Why not make voting easier?

It’s disappointing that Republicans have killed a bill that would allow voter registration on election day in Kansas. On Thursday, the House Elections Committee voted 7-5 to reject the bill. The vote was mostly along party lines, with committee Democrats voting for and Republicans against ...

Editorial: Being proactive about guns

Lawrence soon will learn how good it is at being proactive. Superintendent Anthony Lewis has called for a community forum at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Lawrence High School in response to multiple incidents involving students bringing guns to school. There are various ways that meeting could ...

Views from Kansas: Pass medical marijuana law

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas is set to begin an important discussion about the use of marijuana for pain relief and other medical issues. Four House members have introduced the “Veterans ...

Views from Kansas: GOP bucking voters’ desires

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Last week, a majority of Republicans in the Kansas Senate ignored the will of their constituents by giving $190 million in tax relief for wealthy individuals and ...

Editorial: Good strategy for shelter

The City of Lawrence and the Douglas County Commission are right to support and fund the development of a strategic plan for the Lawrence Community Shelter. The shelter faces a $246,000 funding gap for 2019, is seeking its fifth executive director in four years and recently suffered a bedbug ...

Views from Kansas: Make sports gambling legal

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Chiefs weren’t in the Super Bowl. That’s OK. There’s always next year. Hundreds of thousands of Kansas Citians watched the game on Sunday anyway. And ...

Editorial: Unnecessary risk on taxes

Republican legislators are playing a dangerous game with state tax funding given some of the crises the state faces. Last week, lawmakers advanced out of committee a tax relief bill designed to prevent the state from collecting new tax revenue because of changes in federal tax law that ...

Views from Kansas: Will Roberts show courage?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin hasn’t served in elective office since 1987, but the one-time dairy farmer who’s now a visiting professor at Kansas State’s Staley ...

Views from Kansas: More inclusive Kansas is better

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas has much to gain by being more inclusive. The state always should encourage the best and brightest workers to make Kansas their home, regardless of gender and ...

Editorial: We should stop the stupidity

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia did something smart on Monday — he introduced legislation to stop stupidity. To be clear, Warner’s bill has no chance. It is unlikely to come up for a Senate vote, much less to be voted into law. But it’s worth discussing because it makes so much ...

Editorial: No surprise on jail expansion

Douglas County commissioners are well within their right to pursue an expansion of the county jail without again asking the public’s permission. That’s how representative democracy works; voters elect officials to make decisions, and if they botch that decision-making, they can be held ...

Views from Kansas: State stumbled on IT decisions

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The fallout of irresponsible actions in state government lingers. While the financial undermining of roads, public education, social services, law enforcement and ...

Views from Kansas: Kelly’s first test: Medicaid

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly last week devoted as much attention to Medicaid expansion as any other issue. “I’ve made no secret that expanding this program is one of ...

Editorial: Stick with budget plan

Before they push hard for tax cuts, Republican legislators would be wise to remember the mistakes that cost the party the governor’s office. Last week, newly inaugurated Gov. Laura Kelly outlined her proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Kelly pushed for increased public education ...