Editorials

Views from Kansas: Wagle’s Kobach endorsement raises questions

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Like any other Kansan, state Senate President Susan Wagle has every right to endorse a candidate in the gubernatorial race. But she does not have the right to ballyhoo ...

Editorial: Kobach keeps on ticking

On Tuesday, Kansas Republicans will choose their candidate for governor. Though there are seven candidates on the ballot, the race essentially boils down to two: Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach. That Kobach is still standing is a feat in itself. Kobach has been hit with a ...

Editorial: Steer clear of activist money

A comprehensive study of the criminal justice system in Douglas County is something county commissioners should consider, but they shouldn’t accept money from Justice Matters to pay for it. Justice Matters is a faith-based activist group that campaigned against the county’s proposed sales ...

Views from Kansas: Super PAC cash raises questions

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Republican primary for the 2nd District U.S. House seat is crowded, with seven candidates jostling for attention over a long, hot summer. Chances are you’ll hear ...

Editorial: A strategy for plastic

The city of Lawrence’s Sustainability Advisory Board is taking the right approach in trying to address the environmental hazards created by disposable plastic products. The board recently voted to make reducing single-use plastics in Lawrence one of its top priorities and plans to form a ...

Views from Kansas: Don’t get fooled again on roads

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Politicians too often make promises they can’t or won’t keep. In Kansas, highway and infrastructure projects frequently make their way onto lists of campaign ...

Views from Kansas: Senators missed an opportunity

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. When did it become so necessary to unequivocally back the president of the United States when he’s a member of your party? Oh sure, protecting your party’s ...

Editorial: Iowa a model for redistricting

As a new decade approaches, Kansas lawmakers should consider legislation that would take the politics out of redistricting. The state of Iowa, which has had a nonpartisan redistricting committee in place since 1980, could serve as a model. Under current rules, Kansas’ governor and ...

Editorial: Trade policies nonsensical

It is hard to fathom what the Trump administration is trying to accomplish with its approach to trade. In recent weeks, President Trump launched trade wars with China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union, professing that “tariffs are the greatest” and that trade wars are easy to win. But ...

Views from Kansas: Applaud her independence

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier has never tried to look like something she is not. The Mission Hills Republican votes her district, which is moderate, and speaks her ...

Editorial: Sessions should apologize to KU

Attorney General Jeff Sessions missed the mark in his comments Tuesday about students at the University of Kansas. Speaking to a high school leadership summit in Washington, D.C., Sessions criticized universities for coddling young people and preventing them from scrutinizing the validity of ...

Editorial: Merging local governments

It makes sense for the city of Lawrence and Douglas County to at least explore a merger. After all, such a unified government could eliminate duplication of services and result in efficiencies that require less in tax support. During a discussion at a City Commission meeting last week, city ...

Views from Kansas: Patrons have right to safety at amusement parks

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. News that the owners of the Schlitterbahn water park will begin demolition of the long-abandoned Verruckt water slide will be welcomed by the Kansas City ...

Editorial: Get feedback on toll increase

The Kansas Turnpike Authority’s announcement last week that it was increasing tolls as much as 12.5 percent to fund modernization efforts will have a dramatic impact on commuters living in the Lawrence area. “KTA continues to be fiscally strong,” Kent Olson, KTA’s director of finance, ...

Editorial: Mental health center on ballot

Douglas County commissioners are right to support a ballot initiative asking voters to approve funding for a behavioral health campus and expanded mental health programming. The issue, which still must be finalized, will be on the ballot in November. The move follows voters’ rejection in May ...

Editorial: Raise the alarm on trafficking

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Barry Feaker, executive director of the Topeka Rescue Mission, is embarking on a mission with local partners to understand human trafficking in Topeka and Shawnee ...

Editorial: Bear in mind police survey

The Lawrence Police Department should keep in perspective the results of a community survey into attitudes toward officers. After all, the study only reached 774 residents and wasn’t necessarily a representative sample of the Lawrence community. Still, the persistent gap between perceptions ...

Editorial: Kobach shows his unfitness

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent visit to Dodge City spoke volumes. Scheduled for a meet-and-greet event Wednesday, the ultraconservative hoping to become ...

Editorial: Use surplus for capital projects

It’s a smart move for the city of Lawrence to put a $2.25 million budget surplus into the city’s capital improvement reserve fund, assuming the city gets aggressive in addressing projects. The city has to do something with the $2.25 million or risk running afoul of its own fiscal policy, ...

Views from Kansas: Reducing fee for license wise

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. As July began, Kansas lowered the costs of a state concealed carry license. Those wishing to purchase a license will now pay $112, instead of the $132.50 they had to ...