Editorials

Editorial: Lawrence leaders need to become involved in shaping KU’s future

It came about a week after Halloween, but a comment from University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod still was the type that could put a scare into local leaders. “A future KU may be a smaller KU, but a stronger KU,” Girod said earlier this month at a kickoff event for KU’s new ...

Views from Kansas: Legalize medical marijuana

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In June of 2018, 57% of Oklahoma voters cast a vote in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. A few months later in Missouri, 66% of voters showed their support. As ...

Views from Kansas: We don’t need coal-fired plant

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What Kansas really needs is a nice new asbestos plant or metal mine. Maybe we could bring back production of lead paint or the Ford Pinto. Or strictly as a backup, a ...

Editorial: City still needs to think more on plastic and paper bag ban

The city’s discussion on dealing with messy plastic bags is moving in the right direction, but it still has a gaping hole. The Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board recently said it was open to abandoning the idea of a 16 cent per bag fee on most plastic bags used at stores in the city. ...

Views from Kansas: Rethinking how we define justice

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas legislators on a bipartisan criminal justice reform committee recently heard the disturbing news that half of the 213,000 Kansans with suspended driver’s ...

Views from Kansas: KU’s terrible public relations

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This will be a much different editorial than it could’ve been. Or should’ve been. That’s because we were ready to take up for the University of Kansas, if it ...

Editorial: Get informed and go vote – preferably in that order

Of course, you should get out to vote on Tuesday, if you haven’t already done so through the popular advanced voting options that are now available. If you haven’t figured out the importance of voting, you simply aren’t paying attention in today’s world. If you aren’t paying ...

Views from Kansas: Amendment a sound idea

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A constitutional amendment stands to save nearly a million taxpayer dollars by eliminating a costly and largely pointless bureaucratic exercise. The amendment, which ...

Views from Kansas: Good first step on Medicaid

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning has offered an important plan to expand Medicaid coverage in the state. A Senate committee endorsed it last ...

Editorial: One hopes the KU-MU rivalry is different this time

The Hatfields and McCoys made for a great story, but they didn’t make for a great neighborhood. It is a thought worth remembering as the University of Kansas resumes its athletic rivalry with the University of Missouri. KU last week announced the creation of a six-game basketball series ...

Views from Kansas: Tax council faces challenges

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform met for the second time last week, with special attention paid to tax bills passed last session but ultimately vetoed by Gov. ...

Views from Kansas: Why secretly seal records?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The man accused of gunning down two Wyandotte County deputies last year had two previous cases against him involving violent crimes dismissed by the Wyandotte County ...

Editorial: A cocaine party and loose discipline should create worry at KU

This little detail will wake you up if you are the parent of a fraternity member at the University of Kansas. The Delta Upsilon fraternity in 2017 had enough cocaine at its spring break house that it was drawing the Greek letters of the fraternity in the illegal drug. The next part probably ...

Views from Kansas: Consider open carry of beer

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Earlier this month, the Kansas State Fair board decided to take a big step: Pursuing open carry of beer on the grounds of the fair. Right now, those who attend the ...

Views from Kansas: Strengthening Kansas families

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A new program is working to prevent children from ending up in foster care. A collection of grants totaling $13 million were awarded to 18 nonprofit organizations ...

Editorial: The NCAA’s rules on student-athlete pay aren’t the real problem

Some great basketball minds, including University of Kansas coach Bill Self, have come out in support of the California law that eventually will allow student-athletes to be paid for endorsement deals and other such marketing work. A prime argument that Self and others have made is summed up ...

Views from Kansas: Governments defend secrecy

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Wichita Eagle has been doing extensive reporting on the new water plant Kansas’ largest city is going to need — to the tune of more than $500 million. As part ...

Views from Kansas: Poor judgment on Late Night

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas basketball program went looking for trouble last weekend with an ill-conceived, raunchy, NCAA-be-damned Snoop Dogg performance to kick off the season at ...

Editorial: Thoughts to ponder as impeachment unfolds and Congress is challenged

There are many questions to sort through as Congress begins this impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. For one, did Trump use his best Marlon Brando impersonation when uttering to the Ukrainian president, “I would like you to do us a favor, though ...” The answer to that ...

Views from Kansas: Suing Juul is a good idea

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. We don’t pretend to know how a court case will play out, but we’re encouraged to see an attempt to hold vaping companies to account. The Olathe school district ...