Editorials

Editorial: How far should Douglas County go to protect agriculture land?

Douglas County is blessed in many ways, and one of them, currently, is that it is predisposed to growth. We should be thankful the things that keep Douglas County leaders awake at night are different than the nightmares in most Kansas counties. Here, we fret over downtown Lawrence not having ...

Editorial: Lack of search for new county leader shortchanges us all

As evidenced by their support for mental health care and social services in general, Douglas County commissioners certainly are kindhearted. But they aren’t always business-minded. That was highlighted in their regrettable decision to seemingly forgo a search process to find the next county ...

Editorial: A proposal to improve the Lawrence Community Shelter

More bad news at the Lawrence Community Shelter shouldn’t lead to yet another discussion about how much more money local governments should give to the shelter. It should lead to a more in-depth discussion about what local governments can do beyond money to help the shelter, which provides a ...

Editorial: Lawrence’s big gamble that could increase the price of every home

For heaven’s sake, think about the home-grown tomatoes. When Lawrence city commissioners met last Tuesday to consider a unique affordable housing project, they were met with a variant of that argument. Commissioners were being asked to approve a zoning category that would allow for homes to ...

Views from Kansas: Kudos to Dems on voting changes

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Democrats in deep-red Kansas face lofty challenges at the polls but remain determined to make inroads. They were re-energized by the recent elections of Gov. Laura ...

Editorial: A thank you to those who put on the Douglas County Fair

Congratulations to all involved in hosting another successful Douglas County Fair. The festivities at the fairgrounds near 19th and Harper streets concluded on Saturday. The more than weeklong event featured hundreds of 4-H members showing their summer projects, and probably included more ...

Views from Kansas: Tolerance in foster homes

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Department for Children and Families’ recent suggested guidance about how child placement agencies handle LGBTQ youths in their care strikes us as good ...

Editorial: When basketball trumps everything

In the world of ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, college success is largely about how wicked your crossover dribble is or how great your shooting stroke from behind the 3-point arc. For many of the rest of us who don’t sit on the sidelines for a living, our list of college success ...

Views from Kansas: ‘Send her back’ hits local nerve

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Oh, for the good old days, when crowds at Trump campaign events merely chanted calls for the imprisonment of a political adversary. “Send her back!” invokes the ...

Editorial: Local leaders are working to keep property taxes in check

Local elected leaders deserve some credit for how they have addressed property taxes this budget season. Lawrence city commissioners appear to be on track to hold the property tax rate steady in the upcoming 2020 budget. Douglas County commissioners have committed that they will limit a rate ...

Editorial: Lawrence school board should think twice before scrapping SRO program

At a joint meeting of Lawrence city commissioners and school board members last week, a debate broke out on whether there is value in local police officers serving as resource officers in the community’s public schools. At the same time that meeting was underway, construction crews were ...

Editorial: KU may have been more football-minded than high-minded in punishing Pooka

It is still early, but you already can start to hear the Rock Chalk chant rise for the football season now that star running back Pooka Williams has been reinstated to the team. If you remember, Williams had been suspended for seven months while a criminal case alleging that he grabbed the ...

Views from Kansas: Reflect on Dole’s example

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansans have plenty of cause to be proud of Bob Dole, the Republican stalwart who made his mark as an extraordinary public servant. The Russell native spent most of ...

Views from Kansas: Gut-check time for Kansas GOP

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. If history is any guide, Kansas’ U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Pat Roberts since 1997, and by Republicans for a century, should be the GOP’s to lose in ...

Views from Kansas: Disaster mitigation pays

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas has made smart infrastructure investments in disaster mitigation, saving the state well over a billion dollars, according to a study from The Pew Charitable ...

Views from Kansas: Don’t delay vaccinations

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas’ plan to add meningitis and hepatitis A to the list of required vaccinations for school-age children was met last week with passionate objection from a group ...

Editorial: City should scrap plan to raise commission pay, or think even bolder

As Lawrence city commissioners consider increasing their pay from $9,000 a year to $38,000 a year, here’s a statistic they may want to consider: The median earnings for a Lawrence resident with a full-time job is $42,700. What are we trying to say if we begin paying city commissioners ...