Editorials

Views from Kansas: Junk insurance for 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 has already gotten more done in her first year in office than many thought she could, given GOP opposition to virtually everything she ran ...

Editorial: Local money likely needed to make South Lawrence Trafficway safer

A dangerous game is being played at the Youth Sports Complex in western Lawrence. It has nothing to do with the play on the soccer, baseball and football fields at the complex. Rather, the dangers come from motorists — and occasional pedestrians — trying to enter and leave the facility via ...

Editorial: Easter season ideal for new beginnings

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Easter can be a beautiful season. It often coincides with the time that both temperatures and the landscape begin to change for the better. But beyond Mother Nature’s reminders of rejuvenation, the Easter season also gives us an opportunity to think ...

Views from Kansas: Questions for Kansas Guard

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Members of the Kansas Army National Guard should be commended for their work defending our state and country. But is the leadership of that guard operating at the ...

Views from Kansas: Keep Kobach out of Cabinet

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Let’s establish right off the bat that Kris Kobach and Donald Trump fit together pretty well. Let’s also acknowledge that there’s a job opening in President ...

Editorial: Release Trump’s tax returns

Republicans may be right that efforts by Congressional Democrats to force the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns may open a big can of worms. But, this is nearly certain: The Trump administration’s refusal to release them will open an even larger can. The country seems ...

Views from Kansas: Trump’s attacks are just hot air

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. President Donald Trump continued his tiresome and inaccurate attack on wind power during a recent speech to fellow Republicans. “If you have a windmill anywhere ...

Editorial: Maybe it is time to change how students are disciplined

When it comes to getting in trouble at school, all types of images come to mind. There is that dreaded sit-down with the principal, or a detention that never did seem to turn out quite like “The Breakfast Club” sold it, or even an in-school suspension, which would leave you with an ...

Editorial: Will Christmas parade be saved?

While it may never be as popular as Lawrence’s most iconic greeting — Rock Chalk, Jayhawk — the greeting of Merry Christmas ought to have special meaning in Lawrence. After all, Lawrence is one of the most important cities in America when it comes to creating Christmas spirit. What, you ...

Views from Kansas: Statehouse system worked

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Three Kansas State University students made headlines recently when they were briefly banned from the state Capitol for a year. Their crime: They unfurled banners with ...

Editorial: Baby killers, blood on your hands, and other political ploys

For awhile it looked like we would need crime scene tape at the Statehouse. After all, there was all this talk of baby murderers and blood on people’s hands. Come to find out, though, there was no need for a 911 call. It was just an outbreak of politics. First was a confirmation hearing for ...

Editorial: Let’s start the process of finding the right city manager

We already know that Lawrence fans of KU basketball won’t spend April 7 preparing for a watch party of the NCAA National Championship game, which takes place the next day. So, they might as well spend part of the day at a less festive but more important event. The city will be hosting a ...

Views from Kansas: State needs to help K-State

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas State University is making reasonably intelligent moves to try to attract more students. It’s far past time for the state of Kansas step up to help. The ...

Views from Kansas: Senate, step up on Medicaid

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. More than 150,000 Kansans who need access to affordable quality health care are closer than ever to seeing that become a reality. On March 21, after some dubious ...

Editorial: Think more broadly about affordable housing

If you ever wonder how unique Lawrence is, consider this: We trust government so much that we willingly gave it millions of dollars before government even had a plan to spend it. There aren’t many communities in America that would do that. But Lawrence did so when voters approved the .05 ...

Editorial: Downtown shouldn’t become Lawrence’s next gated community

Downtown Lawrence felt a bit like a gated community run by a co-op board last week. You know the type, or maybe have driven by them in Johnson County. They are places where you have to appreciate a certain set of sensibilities, if you hope to fit in. When the city’s Historic Resources ...

Views from Kansas: Sneaky plan for vouchers

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Legislature is considering a new school finance bill that’s deeply problematic for several reasons, including this: It would establish a private school ...

Editorial: Social media seemingly is a friend to terrorism

In America today, a teenager still has some difficulty gaining admittance to an R-rated movie in a theater. In the same America, that same teenager has little difficulty watching a real life mass killing of people on Facebook or YouTube. No one ever said the Information Revolution was going ...

Editorial: Paying college athletes creates a host of problems

If you want to watch the best basketball in the world, watch the NBA. If you want to watch the most passionate basketball in the world, watch a college basketball game. Passionate basketball — as evidenced by today’s Selection Sunday hoopla — is the brand for the NCAA and all its ...

Editorial: At least one Kansas senator stood up to Trump, stood up for Congress

At least one wall has been built. Twelve Republican senators — including, most notably to us, Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas — have built a wall between themselves and President Trump’s threats and rhetoric. The 12 Republican senators made a vote against the president’s wishes when they ...