Editorials

Views from Kansas: Chamber PAC’s poor choices

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This week begins a monthlong blitz of television ads, radio spots, postcards and digital posts designed to sway your vote, and many of those ads will be funded ...

Editorial: Mask wearing and America’s terrible birthday party

Hopefully you haven’t become confused and placed your political yard sign on your face and your face mask in your yard. It seems to be an easy mistake to make these days. Come to find out, they really aren’t the same thing. Even people who like the president are stating plainly that ...

Editorial: Let’s spend more money on virus testing in Douglas County

There are a lot of mixed messages nationally on the subject of COVID-19 testing. On one hand, you have the country’s “testing czar” and other top health officials telling Congress last week that testing is the key to battling the disease and that we need to test as many people as ...

Views from Kansas: Make a holiday of Election Day

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Coaches at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University have signed statements declaring Election Day a mandatory day off for athletes, ensuring no practice or ...

Editorial: A great victory for gay rights and a possible path forward

Lawrence got confirmation last week that it has been living on the right side of history — again. The U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision ruled that people can’t face discrimination based on their sexual orientation. It did so 25 years after Lawrence city leaders already had made that ...

Views from Kansas: WSU was right on Ivanka talk

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What to make of the imbroglio around Wichita State University president Jay Golden? To recap, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump was briefly invited to deliver a ...

Views from Kansas: Senators trash Constitution

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Republicans in the Kansas Senate have managed to squeeze a number of bad decisions into a short special session. Recently, they even denied a judgeship to a respected ...

Editorial: The City of Lawrence can take steps right now to ease racial tensions

As everything from protests to riots coursed through the nation’s streets, U.S. mayors have uttered words that should be remembered. “We are asking for peace, not patience,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, paraphrasing a similar call from her colleague in St. Paul, Minn. ...

Editorial: Do we really want to live in a world where Twitter is the fact checker?

It has been clear for awhile now that Twitter executives prefer communicating in short bursts of 280 characters. Evidently, they keep their deep thinking within those parameters too. Twitter last week took an action against the president and some of his tweets, apparently in an effort to show ...

Editorial: Believing in the future is the best graduation gift any of us can give

If ever there was a year that we would have good vision, you would think it would be 2020. But this year already has proven that when it comes to seeing the future, we have anything but 20/20 vision. The Class of 2020 has been affected by this fact of the human condition more than any other ...

Editorial: Divisiveness is an overlooked symptom of this virus we are fighting

We all are becoming familiar with the list of symptoms associated with the COVID-19 disease. There’s the fever, the loss of smell and taste, the cough, the loss of energy, the feeling that an anvil is sitting upon your chest and several more. One that hasn’t gotten as much attention: a ...

Editorial: Science will beat the virus and the politicians

The best thing on television right now, actually, is a commercial. It is the one created by the drug manufacturer Pfizer, and its theme is “Science will win.” “At a time when things are most uncertain,” the commercial begins, “we turn to the most certain thing there is: science.” ...

Views from Kansas: Addressing racial disparities

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. When talking about the effects of the new coronavirus on the African American community in Kansas, we should begin by making two points crystal clear. First, there ...

Editorial: County is being too aggressive in lawsuit with Justice Matters

There are plenty of business people who would salivate at the prospect of forcing government to pay for cost overruns every time a confusing government regulation adds expense to a business project. Think of this example, which happens multiple times a year, even in our small community: A ...

Views from Kansas: Make switch to mail-in

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas leaders, the time has come. Our state needs to switch to a mail-in election system, for primary and general elections. That’s a sweeping statement, we ...

Views from Kansas: Review situation in prisons, jails

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Cellphone footage of what one inmate correctly labeled the “mayhem” at Lansing Correctional Facility last week shows prisoners trashing the place while cursing ...

Views from Kansas: Crucial time for Medicaid bill

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. When the Kansas Legislature comes back to Topeka, it will undoubtedly take up the topic of aid to citizens impacted by our current circumstances. Expanding Medicaid is ...