Editorials

Editorial: Kobach merits severe rebuke

The ACLU is pummeling Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in court. If the case were a boxing match, the referee would have stepped in, put his arms around a bloodied Kobach and ended the fight out of mercy. As it stands, Kobach suffered a technical knockout this week when U.S. District ...

Views From Kansas: Don’t close Kansas schools

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Supreme Court has yet to tell the state’s citizens if they are spending enough on their schools. That’s a potential problem because the same court ...

Editorial: Progress on police board

The city of Lawrence’s revised ordinance creating a Community Police Review Board shows significant progress and should be approved by the Lawrence City Commission. The ordinance gives the board, whose role was largely ceremonial in the past, the ability to review police investigation files ...

Editorial: Oppose Westar rate increases

Advocacy groups are right to oppose rate hikes sought by Westar Energy. The Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, or CURB, a state agency that represents consumers in utility rate cases, and staff members from the Kansas Corporation Commission filed testimony last week asking the KCC to reject ...

Editorial: More political options a plus

A group of Kansans pushing for the creation of a centrist party is right to continue their efforts despite coming up short in 2018. After all, Kansans can only benefit from additional political options, especially one dedicated to counter balancing political extremism on either ...

Editorial: Harsh reminder about justice

The unsettling case of a Lawrence man connected to the death of a Missouri woman is a sobering reminder of the continuing need to make improvements to the criminal justice system in Douglas County. On April 29, emergency personnel were called to a home at 3323 Iowa St., where they found ...

Editorial: Best choice for transit hub

The city of Lawrence’s Public Transit Advisory Committee is right to advocate for the 1900 block of Stewart Avenue as the best site for the city’s new transit hub. The city has been working on plans for a transit hub for years. The transit hub is a centrally located station where city bus ...

Views From Kansas: ‘Roseanne’ had to go

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. ABC absolutely did the right thing in canceling Roseanne Barr’s television series after her racist tweet about former Obama administration official Valerie ...

Editorial: Rock Chalk Park situation is baffling

Of the mistakes Sheahon Zenger made during his tenure as athletics director for the University of Kansas, his decision to revise the lease for Rock Chalk Park is perhaps the most bewildering. The incident indicates that Zenger either didn’t pay close attention to the finances of the ...

Editorial: Organ bill is a smart idea

A Lawrence teen is to be commended for successfully advocating for legislation that should increase the number of organ donors in Kansas. About a year ago, Elliott Whisenant began seeking legislation that would make “yes” the default response for organ donation on Kansas driver’s license ...

Editorial: County comes clean on Prop 1

Recent developments in Douglas County government underscore that the voters got it right when they rejected a proposed half-cent sales tax to fund a $44 million jail expansion and the construction of a mental health crisis center. In essence, voters called county officials’ bluff in turning ...

Editorial: Give full access to police board

The shooting of a man by a police officer last week in Lawrence underscores the need for the Lawrence City Commission to give its community police review board access to as much information as possible when reviewing incidents. Last week, a Lawrence police officer shot 34-year-old Akira S. ...

Views from Kansas: Colyer’s veto is nonsense

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The tangled story of Barbara Reese, an older woman who lost thousands of dollars to the Kansas Highway Patrol some 23 years ago, is enough to make a reader’s head ...

Editorial: Get serious about fire safety

The American Red Cross and a Lawrence family that knows all too well the potentially tragic consequences are sounding the alarm this weekend about the importance of smoke alarms. From 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, volunteers with the Red Cross will knock on doors in the vicinity of 19th Street and ...

Views from Kansas: Next steps in school security

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, California, Texas and, most recently, Indiana. Those are states in 2018 where a student or former student has gone to school with a gun ...

Editorial: Fiscal restraint at KU welcome

The University of Kansas’ announcement that it will trim $20 million from its budget for the coming year demonstrates a renewed commitment to fiscal restraint that hasn’t always been apparent at the Lawrence campus. Though the university did not reveal specifics on how the $20 million in ...

Views From Kansas: Answers needed on no-bid deals

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas lawmakers should demand a thorough review of the state’s rules for awarding no-bid, sole-source contracts. That message is clear from recent reporting in The ...

Editorial: Look carefully at traffic incidents

The city is right to look at all options to enhance traffic safety on city streets, but should proceed carefully before using police to increase traffic enforcement and generate more tickets. The city is re-evaluating its traffic-calming program, which primarily consists of implementing ...

Views From Kansas: Problems with immigration law

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This is the undocumented immigrant our nation should welcome: the Lawrence chemist whom immigration officials attempted to deport this year, much to the dismay of his ...

Editorial: Honoring the fallen today

Today is the last day of an extended holiday weekend. It’s a day many of us will celebrate with a trip to the lake, the golf course or the pool, or by cooking out with friends and family. But as we enjoy the unofficial start to summer, it’s also important to remember why we have the day ...