Editorials

Editorial: The reasons to believe Travis Goff is the right leader for KU athletics

Jayhawk fans and Lawrence residents ought to be excited to work with new University of Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff. There is a lot to like about Goff’s basic story. The fact that he is a KU graduate is a plus, and his roots in Dodge City also are an attribute. Lawrence can seem a ...

Editorial: Best wishes for a happy Easter and happier days ahead

Easter always has had a dichotomy at its heart. One of the holiday’s most powerful symbols is an empty tomb. One of its most powerful messages is that we are truly never empty. It is a particularly important message to remember during these times. In fact, regardless of whether you are ...

Editorial: Energy and ideology really shouldn’t mix

Kansas leaders spend a lot of energy on ideology. They ought to spend more energy on energy. A couple of recent pieces of Statehouse news related to energy are worth noting. The first involves a dispute between the City of Lawrence and Kansas legislators. The Legislature has approved a bill ...

Editorial: Why KU should be more like K-State when it comes to athletics

It is probably not in the cards for Douglas Girod to ever be a very popular chancellor at the University of Kansas. Fate has put him in charge during a time when higher education faces enormous challenges, and the tasks of leadership require him to make some difficult and unpopular decisions. ...

Views from Kansas: Keep printing public notices

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. There have been attempts by state legislators over the years to remove the requirements for local government entities to publish legal notices in newspapers. For any ...

Editorial: It is the wrong time to spend $600K on an assistant football coach at KU

On Feb. 3, members of the Kansas Athletics Inc. board were told the sobering news: The University of Kansas’ athletic department is now expecting about a $30 million decline in revenues for its current fiscal year. But on Feb. 4, surely they were cheered up if they took the time to read the ...

Editorial: More transparency on our tax dollars is needed

Taxes are a necessity because government is a necessity. In today’s toxic political environment, there are some who refuse to concede either point, but they are clear nonetheless. But it also is clear that the power to tax can be used too easily, at times. The inner workings of government ...

Editorial: Now is the time to go after Twitter, but not for First Amendment reasons

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

Editorial: An insurgency has created a lengthy ‘to-do’ list for America

Insurrections — no matter their size or success — create substantial “to-do” lists for governments in their wake. Here’s a partial list that the world’s most recently damaged democracy should address. — Recognize that impeaching Donald Trump before his term ends on Jan 20 is ...

Editorial: Stay calm, but never forget this disgraceful day

Douglas County and the surrounding area hold a very important place in American history. This is the place where beliefs turned to blood. It was the period leading up to the Civil War — a period known as Bleeding Kansas — where incredible tensions over slavery and state’s rights boiled ...

Editorial: Hotel shelter project deserves thanks, further thought

A wonderful sign of the human spirit was on display this holiday season as city officials, local nonprofits, a local business and community volunteers came together to fill an urgent need. On Dec. 23, the city finalized an agreement with Lawrence’s Days Inn hotel to serve as a temporary ...

Editorial: COVID-19 may disrupt, but the power of Christmas will prevail

We are still learning what can successfully fight the COVID-19 virus. There is great hope that a new set of vaccines will be a difference-maker, but we likely won’t know for sure until closer to spring. In the meantime, there is winter. There is no shot in the arm to protect us from that ...

Editorial: The irredeemable and the indispensable

The election results aren’t quite done yet. No, this isn’t about whether Joe Biden is going to be president. If anyone is ever going to get tired of winning, it will be Biden. He wins in the popular vote, he wins in the electoral vote, he wins in the courts, he wins when you count the ...

Views from Kansas: Stop politicizing COVID vaccine

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Elected officials at all levels need to start right now on working to convince the public that the COVID-19 vaccines we’ll soon be able to take are safe. They’ll ...