Editorials

Editorial: NFL anthem rule is unpatriotic

NFL owners’ effort, backed by President Donald Trump, to force players to stand for the national anthem is both foolish and unpatriotic. Last week, NFL owners adopted a policy in which teams can be fined if players kneel or engage in any other form of protest during the playing of the ...

Views From Kansas: Legislators fumble on adoption bill

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Lawmakers often face difficult decisions when it comes to casting votes and enacting policies. Too often, special-interest-driven agendas taint what otherwise would ...

Views From Kansas: Kobach wrong on education

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kris Kobach thinks fewer dollars should be spent on public education in Kansas. What’s more, he thinks some of that smaller amount should sometimes be spent at ...

Editorial: Let’s talk about plastic bags

It’s good that Kennedy Elementary School fourth-graders are getting engaged in the civic process. Last week, students in Lauren Mitchell’s class developed and delivered a presentation to the Lawrence City Commission arguing for a ban on plastic shopping bags. But while the students should ...

Editorial: Sensible changes in election rules

One of the achievements of this year’s legislative session was a bill establishing sensible requirements for candidates for state offices such as governor and attorney general. On Friday, Gov. Jeff Colyer signed House Bill 2539, which will require candidates for governor in future elections ...

Editorial: Mural debate veers off course

The desire by supporters of the Lawrence Public Library to accommodate a mural on the wall of the parking garage next to the library is appropriate and respectful. What isn’t appropriate is to portray that stance as racist or sexist. The Lawrence City Commission voted last week to receive a ...

Views From Kansas: Invest in state workforce

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. With the Legislature not even out of session one full week, the Colyer administration unveiled its plan to lay off more than 50 information technology employees in ...

Editorial: Next steps on jail issue

Douglas County officials have no shortage of options before them now that voters have rejected a proposal to implement a half-cent sales tax to fund an expansion of the county jail and the construction of a mental health crisis center. But it would be wrong to make a quick decision in the wake ...

Views From Kansas: Kansas attempts a bridge too far

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Trump administration is all too willing to cut Medicaid benefits and the number of people receiving them. They’ve signaled this for one thing by allowing states ...

Editorial: No need for wage registry

A living wage registry for the city of Lawrence would not serve a meaningful purpose and is not something city commissioners should pursue. The idea of such a registry came up during public comment at last week’s City Commission meeting. Lawrence resident Mike Wasikowski suggested a registry ...

Editorial: No-bid contract is troubling

Gov. Jeff Colyer gets mostly solid marks on improving transparency and openness in state government. His executive orders at the start of his tenure eliminated fees for the first 100 pages of documents requested under the Kansas Open Records Act, required employees of the governor’s office ...

Editorial: More officers are needed

The city of Lawrence is to be commended for using a data-driven, research-based approach to police staffing. Last week, Lawrence city commissioners were given a staffing study that showed the police department needs five more patrol officers to serve the city adequately. The study was based on ...

Views From Kansas: Colyer is not Brownback

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Jeff Colyer insisted that he would strive for something new on that day in January when he became Kansas’ 47th governor. “I will set a tone and insist on an ...

Editorial: Ex-chancellor deal mishandled

The Kansas Board of Regents badly bungled the decision to keep paying former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little even after she resigned last summer. Last week, the Lawrence Journal-World reported that Gray-Little has been drawing a salary of $510,041 to serve as a special adviser to the new ...

Views From Kansas: Money for wrongly accused

The jubilation is palpable now that Kansas is about to become the 33rd state to offer compensation to people who serve time for crimes they did not commit.Assuming Gov. Jeff Colyer signs legislation passed last week, Kansas will pay $65,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment.Reaching this ...

Editorial: Let information be the guide

City officials should carefully consider Commissioner Jennifer Ananda’s request to give Lawrence’s Community Police Review Board increased access to investigation files in cases where racial or other bias has been alleged.“It’s important to ensure that we aren’t just taking the word ...

Editorial: House made the right call

The Kansas House was right to reject income tax breaks in its last act of the session.It wouldn’t be prudent for the state to implement tax cuts until after the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s proposal for K-12 spending is adequate.The Senate approved the cuts as part of a ...

Editorial: A grim reality for KU sports

It is concerning that expenses for athletic programs at the University of Kansas are increasing at a pace that is significantly faster than revenues. The finances may explain why KU hasn’t walked away from a $191 million contract with Adidas, despite the fact that an FBI indictment alleges ...

Views From Kansas: Scrutinize DCF funding request

One of the best comments attributable to the gubernatorial campaign of Kris Kobach came last week at the start of the Legislature’s wrapup session.Kobach’s running mate, Wink Hartman — himself an early candidate to become the Republican nominee for governor — took into account recurring ...

Editorial: Important work still remains

The Kansas Legislature has made modest progress on making state government more transparent, but significant work still needs to be done.On Tuesday, the Kansas Senate gave final approval to a bill expanding public access to records about children who die from abuse or neglect and to audio and ...