Editorials

Editorial: Proof that tax cuts were bad

The report released this week showing that personal income in Kansas grew at 4.7 percent during the second quarter is further evidence that state legislators were right to repeal the disastrous tax-cut policies implemented under Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. The report by the U.S. ...

Views from Kansas: Improve our court system

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Bonds, fees and fines assessed to people facing criminal charges are intended to protect the public, but some fees do not serve the public interest, according to a ...

Editorial: Pay teachers fairly for work

The Lawrence school district should willingly pay teachers a professional rate for parent-teacher conferences, committee meetings and open houses. Perhaps by taking that step, the school district can accelerate contract negotiations with the Lawrence Education Association. The existing ...

Editorial: Rules on rentals are necessary

The Lawrence City Commission’s newly adopted guidelines for regulating Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals are appropriate. Special-use permits will now be required for short-term rentals where the owner doesn’t live on-site, and those permits would have to be approved by the ...

Editorial: Increase funding for higher ed

The Kansas Board of Regents is right to seek significant funding increases for the University of Kansas and the state’s other regents universities, but questions will need to be answered before the increases win legislative approval. Foremost, the regents will have to justify a 15 percent ...

Editorial: Consolidation worth studying

The timing is right for a serious study of consolidating the governments of Lawrence and Douglas County, despite what some county officials said about the idea. After all, the administrative leaders of the city and the county have each announced plans to retire in the next nine months. Douglas ...

Views from Kansas: Fight for NBAF support

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. State and federal officials toured the National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility in Manhattan last week, and the news from the visit is mostly good: NBAF is expected to ...

Views from Kansas: Dangerous highways

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The number of fatalities involving semis and other large trucks is spiking, making our highways increasingly perilous for drivers. And both federal regulators and the ...

Editorial: Inspect more rental properties

The city of Lawrence should strive to inspect more rental properties each year. A survey conducted as part of the city’s recent housing market analysis showed that 24 percent of renters in the city rate their housing condition as poor. Among renters with children, 32 percent rate their ...

Editorial: Give your input on downtown

Downtown Lawrence Inc. is taking the right approach to addressing an increasing number of vacancies on Massachusetts Street. The nonprofit organization has launched an effort to gather data that will help identify the types of businesses that will bring residents to the seven-block stretch ...

Editorial: Long’s priorities are reasonable

New University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long took a sensible approach to the remodel of Memorial Stadium during a Lawrence chamber of commerce luncheon Friday. Long said the university needed to rebuild the football program before taking on rebuilding the stadium. He couldn’t be more ...

Editorial: Finish the road

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s announcement that it will begin a supplemental environmental impact study on the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the study hails the start of the much-needed effort to expand Kansas Highway 10 to ...

Editorial: Tobacco 21 merits support

The city of Lawrence should embrace the Tobacco 21 Initiative and raise the age for purchasing tobacco products in Lawrence to 21. The Lawrence City Commission is expected to consider such a proposal on Oct. 9. The Lawrence school board voted this week to endorse the move. Vicki Collie-Akers, ...

Views from Kansas: Climate change is costing us

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The 9 inches of rain that usually falls during a stretch of a few months in Manhattan came down last week in just a few hours. Wildcat Creek crested nearly 26 feet ...

Editorial: Peaslee good for community

The growth at the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center is of great benefit to the community of Lawrence and Douglas County. Enrollment at the workforce training center has grown to more than 500 students and is expected to serve more than 700 students in 2018, said Kevin Kelley, the ...

Editorial: City input key to body camera law

The Lawrence City Commission should review and offer input on the Lawrence Police Department’s policy for body cameras as Commissioner Leslie Soden suggested. During the commission’s meeting last week, Soden questioned why the governing body was not scheduled to review the policy for ...

Editorial: Publish details of budget cuts

Faculty and staff at the University of Kansas are right to be concerned about the way the university is approaching $20 million in cuts from the 2019 budget. After all, the methodology the university is using means many of the reductions in staff and resources actually will come next ...

Views from Kansas: More reason for election reform

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Last week, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach reappointed Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker to a full four-year term. The announcement was ...

Editorial: Right move on trash rates

The Lawrence City Commission made the right decision in adopting a new rate model for trash collection for downtown businesses. The city recently discovered that hundreds of businesses had been undercharged for years for trash collection service using the old rate model. Tuesday’s decision ...

Views from Kansas: Trump’s actions are anti-Kansas

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansans covet honesty, integrity and compassion. Understandably, they want the folks who represent them to embody the same core values. Knowing as much, we have a ...