Editorials

Editorial: County should be picky in setting its 2020 budget

Anybody who has ever tried to lose weight knows that sometimes the best option on the menu is none of the above. It may be healthy for Douglas County commissioners to be that type of picky eater as they create the county’s 2020 budget this summer. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky ...

Views from Kansas: Better approach to mental illness

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Our state has failed to provide enough funding to community mental health centers to truly meet the need for care. Individuals with the most severe, persistent mental ...

Views from Kansas: The way to do primary voting

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In next year’s presidential primary, Kansas Democrats will be test-driving a balloting process called ranked-choice voting that should increase turnout and be plain ...

Editorial: Brownback, Kansas lawmakers owe gun buyers an apology

Yes, a trigger finger can be dangerous, but so too can those voting fingers that state legislators use to push the ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ button at the Statehouse. A pair of Kansas gun owners are finding that out the hard way. The U.S. Supreme Court has ended any hope of Kansas residents ...

Editorial: USDA decision produces a win for science and Kansas City

There is nothing special about the science of Washington, D.C., a city that long ago put hot air at the top of the periodic table of elements. People should remember that as they fret over a pending move from Washington to Kansas City of two key research divisions of the U.S. Department of ...

Views from Kansas: State workers not the enemy

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt and the Kansas Employees Health Care Commission should be commended for their decision last week to reduce contributions ...

Views from Kansas: Don’t use the loophole

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration says it has found a way to provide extended food assistance to adults who can’t meet the state’s work ...

Editorial: Both sides need to give a little in sidewalk debate

It has been predictable — and somewhat understandable — that Lawrence City Hall has received a mass of complaints about its new sidewalk repair program. After all, no one likes an unexpected expense, and they certainly don’t like being told they must pay it. But city leaders should ...

Views from Kansas: Regents, return to open searches

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A committee appointed to help select Wichita State University’s next president says it wants public opinion and input. But a four-question online survey and a ...

Views from Kansas: Susan Wagle’s horrible decision

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle’s decision to remove reporters from the Senate chamber last Wednesday was unconstitutional and unnecessary. She should apologize ...

Views from Kansas: Who argues for hungry kids?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. John Whitmer, a former state representative from Wichita, began a recent Facebook post: “I don’t mean to be cold-hearted, but. . .” What followed was a scathing ...

Editorial: The blindness of Robert Mueller

They say justice is blind. So too, it seems, is Robert Mueller III. The former special counsel is a good man with many good attributes. Honesty, integrity and seriousness of purpose are among them. But Mueller seems blind to what the country needs right now. It needs clarity. Mueller, it ...

Opinion: America is at war in cyberspace

Washington — One of the least-discussed but perhaps most consequential comments by special counsel Robert Mueller in his appearance before reporters this week was his blunt counterintelligence assessment: “Russian intelligence officers, who are part of the Russian military, launched a ...

Views from Kansas: Moran, Roberts need to say ‘no’

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are probably the most likable guys in the U.S. Senate. They understand the issues facing Kansas, plead for agricultural interests and, ...

Editorial: Time to face facts at Lawrence’s homeless shelter

Nationally, you hear about institutions that are “too big to fail.” Lawrence, though, isn’t really a “too big to fail” town. Instead, it is often a “too kind to fail” community. For evidence, look to two recent votes. Voters in 2017 approved a new sales tax for affordable ...

Views from Kansas: College not just for privileged

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas’ three major universities embrace the same mission as other outstanding higher-education centers nationwide. The Kansas-based institutions of learning are ...

Views from Kansas: Kansans should pay fair share

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Professional sports teams play an integral role in our region’s economy. Thousands of local sports fans from both Kansas and Missouri cheer on the Chiefs and the ...

Editorial: City residents deserve a better deal when it comes to sales taxes

Lawrence taxpayers may want to negotiate a better bargain with City Hall. As it stands now, the deal taxpayers have is when the city is flush with cash they get no break in taxes. When the city is tight on cash, they get an increase in taxes or fees or a reduction in services — or sometimes ...