Editorials

Editorial: A missed opportunity

It’s not the end of the world that Lawrence didn’t seize the chance to purchase wind energy credits at a discounted rate for the next 20 years. But it is a missed opportunity Last July, Westar offered some of its large-demand customers, including Lawrence, the chance to purchase wind ...

Editorial: Kelly strikes hopeful tone

Gov. Laura Kelly’s inaugural address presented a hopeful bipartisan message that stands in stark contrast to the ongoing partisan stalemate in Washington, D.C. As the longest federal government shutdown in history stretched on as President Trump has stopped negotiating with Democrats since ...

Editorial: Good priorities, uphill battle

It’s hard to argue with the priorities shared with and by Lawrence’s legislative delegation heading into the 2019 session. It’s also fair to wonder how achievable those priorities are, especially the ones that require increased spending. The issues were identified during the Legislative ...

Views from Kansas: Rigid pledges are pointless

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Politicians hoping to win over voters make promises on the campaign trail. Some go even further by signing pledges pursued by special-interest groups determined to ...

Views from Kansas: Kelly takes steps to help kids

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This is why voters elected incoming Gov. Laura Kelly: because we need to do so much better for Kansas children, because we badly need transparency in state government ...

Editorial: The president’s wall nonsense

With illegal immigration at its lowest level in a decade, it’s nothing short of stunning that the federal government is shut down over funding for a border wall. Yet here we are, entering a third week of the shutdown because President Donald Trump has inexplicably chosen to dig his heels in ...

Views from Kansas: Trump’s policies hurt immigrants

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The 1975 fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam War, but danger remained for many natives of the war-torn land. People in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) who were ...

Editorial: Hope for 2019

As the sun sets on 2018, it’s an ideal time to look ahead and hope for a few things in the new year. First, here’s hoping the federal government will reopen soon and that our leaders in Washington resolve to make federal government shutdowns a thing of the past. While politicians — with ...

Editorial: Strategic plan good for district

The Lawrence school board’s approach to developing a five-year strategic plan is the right one. The keys to its success will be getting public involvement on the front end and holding the school district accountable for performance against goals as the plan is implemented. The strategic ...

Editorial: Be thoughtful on this holiday

There is nothing quite like the magic of Christmas morning. Today, many of us will be all too happy to be awakened all too early by excited children to begin a day of celebration marked by exchanging gifts and sharing food with friends and family. Many among us will celebrate by enjoying our ...

Editorial: Provost should slow down

There is no reason for the University of Kansas to be in such a hurry to fill one if its dean positions that it is willing to set aside traditional protocols. In fact, given the university’s plans to cut $20 million from its operating budget, every job that comes open should be scrutinized ...

Views from Kansas: Don’t start over on schools

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Republican leaders in the Kansas Legislature say they may rethink the state’s school funding formula when lawmakers reconvene in January. It’s hard to imagine a ...

Views from Kansas: Reject ugliness on national stage

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A verbal brawl between President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress was high drama — and disheartening incivility. The Republican president and Democratic ...

Views from Kansas: ‘Devastation’ too dramatic

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Laura Kelly, the incoming governor of Kansas, is going a bit too far. During a recent forum in Topeka, Gov.-elect Kelly said this about the situation with state ...

Editorial: City should revise utility policies

The city of Lawrence should amend its utility deposit policy to clarify that utility deposits will be settled at the time an account is closed. Such a policy is sensible and reasonable and avoids the confusion surrounding the current policy, which allows for the return of a deposit, charged ...

Editorial: Support shelter

It is the season to think about those in need, in particular those who use the services of the Lawrence Community Shelter. Last week, the Lawrence City Commission heard a presentation from shelter staff outlining the difficult financial position the shelter is in. Staff members said the ...

Editorial: Feral cat plan should be OK’d

The Lawrence Humane Society’s “catch and release” plan for dealing with feral cats is sensible and should be approved by Lawrence city commissioners. On Tuesday, the Humane Society asked commissioners to change city code that bans cats from roaming free. Humane Society Director Kate ...

Views from Kansas: Suspension was right call

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. News that a football player at the University of Kansas was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery is disturbing and frustrating for all of us — and perhaps ...

Views from Kansas: Our state should be inclusive

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Gov.-elect Laura Kelly wasted no time in vowing to undo a harmful stand by former Gov. Sam Brownback and his successor, Gov. Jeff Colyer. The Democrat said she’d ...

Editorial: Girod owns budget solution

The University of Kansas’ plan to implement $20 million in budget cuts requires deft leadership from Chancellor Douglas Girod. That means being transparent about looming staff cuts, university spending on athletics and how KU Endowment can and can’t be used to aid university operations. ...