Comment history

Legislators seeking extensive information before campus meetings

It would be informative for the Journal-World to post the 81 questions being asked by the Legislative Politburo.

September 20, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dean of KU graduate school to leave for University of British Columbia

If "hbjayhawk" weren't safely anonymous it would be possible to test that statement. As it is, we have to assume the poster knows nothing and shouldn't be making derogatory remarks about someone who is highly regarded and will be very much missed at KU.

September 6, 2013 at 3:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roberts says war with Syria likely

Sen. Roberts said relatively little about Syria during his remarks at the luncheon. Much of his talk was a rambling monologue on various issues, interspersed with random asides and folksy stories about Kansas and himself. Watching him was a little scary. Is he losing it?

August 28, 2013 at 11:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Rocky start

". . accusing the regents of “using students as hostages to unnecessarily extract money from taxpayers.”

In fact, the Legislature is using the universities as hostages to unnecessarily extract money from students. It has been doing so for a decade as other budget priorities emerged - some of them unavoidable but others by choice. Given the massive, self-imposed budget crisis the Legislature will face in 2014, the outcome will likely be a tuition freeze in exchange for no new cuts, vs. a restoration of past cuts. That might resemble a win-win to legislators, but for the universities it would be one more squeeze of the vice. This applies to KU but is probably a bigger challenge for the state universities that depend more heavily on tuition to pay the bills. For students and their parents, it might resemble a short-term gain - but only if you don't care about the academic quality of the university you attend.

August 22, 2013 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents propose keeping tuition flat next year if Legislature restores funds that were cut

Legislators plan to visit the state's public universities this fall with open minds in order to learn more about them and their finances, etc. Statements such as "the Regents are openly using students as hostages to unnecessarily extract money from taxpayers" (Merrick) and "Positioning Kansas students and families as bargaining chips in a budget debate is the wrong tactic" (Wagle) don't bode well for the success of those visits. Sadly, the final outcome next spring will probably be "no tuition increase" in exchange for "no new funding," let alone restoration of the $36 million cut in 2013. I'd like to be proven wrong about that, and I hope the legislators leave the rhetoric at the door when they come to campus.

August 15, 2013 at 4:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lead pastor retires from Trinity Lutheran Church

Gary and Linda have been a real asset to Lawrence and a blessing to Trinity Lutheran. Gary's work on behalf of the Lawrence Community Shelter, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Family Promise, and the global mission of the church was extraordinary. He has also been a great colleague to pastors at other churches throughout his 11 years in Lawrence. He and Linda made a significant contribution since 2002 and our community will miss their presence and servant leadership.

July 29, 2013 at 3:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: All in the family?

An interim committee, with adequate lead time to prepare briefing papers and make plans for meaningful campus visits, is a good next step. However, do read the full July 22 Wichita Eagle article at This editorial quotes from it very selectively, implying that the Regents and others on the campuses were not forthcoming with data or didn't want to meet with legislators, etc. Based on news reports and the universities' own statements, that was not at all the case. Sen. Wagle says “My senators didn’t feel like they got the information from universities that they wanted.” More likely, her senators didn't like the information they did receive, or couldn't handle the truth about higher education funding in Kansas. The "family fight" she refers to was one-sided.

July 25, 2013 at 11:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Arts demise

Centerville doesn't understand. The intentional and short-sighted destruction of the Kansas Arts Commission is a tragedy primarily for the many small-town arts-related groups for whom even a modest state grant had a major impact. I'm not worried about the arts in Lawrence. We have many groups that have access to long lists of generous donors, active volunteers, KU resources, city funding, and other assets. The already struggling small towns that dot the Kansas landscape have almost none of that and their tiny arts-related groups are likely to dry up and disappear. The Kansas Arts Commission - whose budget was never extravagant - leveraged modest local resources strategically to enhance the economic impact of the arts as well as the quality of life throughout Kansas. All of that is now gone and may be impossible to rebuild.

July 12, 2013 at 9:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Research boom

"The largest single source of outside funding for 2011-12 was from the National Institutes of Health, which funds research at the KU Medical Center."

It's more accurate to say KU's largest single source overall is the NIH, which funds most of the research at KUMC. The NIH is also the largest single source at the Lawrence campus. The sequester's reduction in funding for the NIH (as well as other federal agencies) will have a significant impact on future research work at both campuses.

July 10, 2013 at 8:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Money, money

I have no particular loyalty to or interest in the Jayhawks as a sports franchise, but this is a hypocritical editorial. If the LJW is so shocked and upset about KU Athletics finding entrepreneurial ways to support student athletes and improve its facilities, then perhaps the LJW should stop covering KU Athletics on a daily, even hourly, basis? That would be the ethical and consistent thing to do. Making buckets of money off an activity you constantly condemn is hard to rationalize for most of us. Which "business" is more money-grubbing?

July 2, 2013 at 9:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )