Editorials

Views from Kansas: Stark contrast in first debate

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Republican Roger Marshall and Democrat Barbara Bollier are two very different candidates, a fact sharply revealed in the state’s first, and perhaps only, Senate ...

Editorial: This house party was no fun, but it can help us improve

It was a messy week in Lawrence. Follow this debris trail to assess the evidence for yourself. Images of raging house parties on the edge of the University of Kansas campus — full of unmasked young adults crammed together in violation of public health orders on large gatherings and social ...

Views from Kansas: Revisit law on emergencies

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansans who listened to any part of Friday’s meeting of the State Finance Council first would be amazed, then embarrassed, and finally outraged about the way their ...

Editorial: No one should have to defend the president’s indecent act

Cancer is not much good for anything, but it can be useful today in helping understand the stain Donald Trump has left on the presidency. Unlike COVID-19 — a disease still in its infancy — almost all of us personally know someone who has died from cancer. So, it is easy enough to imagine ...

Views from Kansas: Absurd claims about Bollier

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. One ad paid for by the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Rep. Roger Marshall superimposed the photo of his Democratic opponent, Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, ...

Editorial: Mail ballots should be the least of your worries

At first glance, it would seem that President Trump is an expert on matters of fraud, if for no other reason than he listens to the table chatter at the company cafeteria. (Harsh? Yes, but the scorecard of Trump campaign officials convicted of or indicted on fraud is significant.) But, being ...

Editorial: Facebook and America’s great ‘operational mistake’

America basically has turned into an outrage machine, which makes it odd to say that there is one topic that is not producing enough outrage in American discourse. It is Facebook. The enormously profitable company has evolved from a dumpster fire to an all-out blaze with flames that are ...

Views from Kansas: Goodyear boycott wrong

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. President Donald Trump was out of line this week in calling for a boycott of Goodyear tires. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., which has plants in Topeka and across ...

Editorial: Now is the time to root for KU

Here we go. The start to the most unusual school year in recent memory is scheduled to begin on Monday when the University of Kansas begins its fall semester. It will end the longest, most boring, most frightful spring break that many students and staff have ever endured. Remember, that is ...

Editorial: A thank you to candidates, and a wish that there were more of them

It is time to do some election math in Douglas County. Thankfully this exercise doesn’t have anything to do with the actual counting of votes. That process is scheduled to end on Monday, when the last of about 600 provisional ballots are counted, and a “canvassing” process certifies the ...

Views from Kansas: Speaker’s silence was inexcusable

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman acted irresponsibly when he failed to fully inform colleagues and the state that he had been treated for COVID-19 in ...

Editorial: As we return to school, it is time for leaders to share more information

When dealing with the pandemic and a return to school, it is easy to say we want to be as safe as we can be. It is much harder to actually mean it. Being as safe as we possibly can be would mean not returning to in-person classes until a vaccine is developed and administered. Very few people ...

Editorial: Get informed, get a ballot and make Douglas County better by voting

It is duty day. Some people call it Election Day, but during these times, that seems like an inadequate descriptor. It is not hyperbole to state that every eligible American citizen has a duty to vote. We all rely greatly on government, whether we love it or not. The current pandemic has ...

Views from Kansas: Federal forces playing with fire

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Sending federal law enforcement officers into American cities is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine that a ...

Editorial: Conversations we should be having about the pandemic

The pandemic is working on dominating every part of our lives, yet somehow the country has still managed to avoid several conversations we should be having about it. Here are a few: — The role of federalism. We may never have this one on a great scale because it sounds too much like ...

Views from Kansas: Messy questions around Watkins

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Questions have followed U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins from the campaign trail to Washington, D.C. We don’t have the time or inclination to wade through all of the ...

Editorial: It is time for KU to own its Fritzel mistakes

University of Kansas leaders have a lot on their plates right now. Figuring out how to safely reopen the Lawrence campus is one of the most important issues currently facing our community, and it is one of the toughest tasks those leaders likely will ever face professionally. But it is not ...

Editorial: Let’s be creative in spending Douglas County’s federal pandemic funds

It has been said that orange construction cones are a sign of progress. If so, downtown Lawrence is going through a lot of progress right now. If you haven’t been to downtown for a couple of weeks, you likely haven’t seen Massachusetts Street lined with the cones. It is one of the end ...

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 ...