Editorials

Editorial: New growth regulations put pressure on the city to actually grow

County and city commissioners are correct that certain types of development near the edges of the Lawrence city limits can make it difficult and expensive for Lawrence to grow in an orderly fashion in the future. If you allow a significant number of 3 -to 5-acre homesites to be built along ...

Editorial: Ordinary students will pay the price for paying student-athletes

Outrage is America’s hobby, and proof of that is the dangerous debate over paying college athletes. The latest on that front is that the top attorney for the National Labor Relations Board has determined that student-athletes should be classified as employees of universities. The board ...

Editorial: Is it time to rethink the city’s public art program?

It is not every community that you can go to a city commission meeting and have an art criticism class break out. But as you’ve surely surmised, Lawrence is not any community. Thus, city commissioners recently found themselves discussing a $340,000 proposal to build a piece of public art ...

Editorial: Let’s raise both funds and enthusiasm for economic development

It is worth trumpeting that businesses and organizations in Lawrence and Douglas County have come together to pledge more than $2.1 million to economic development efforts over the next five years. That amount already is about a half million dollars more than the last fundraising campaign, and ...

Editorial: Lawrence’s unhappy camping problem

Lawrence strives to be a compassionate community. That’s an admirable quality and a good goal that we should smartly try to build upon. Thus, it seems this question is reasonable: How is it compassionate to have at least 200 people living in tents or tarps all across the city, defecating in ...

Editorial: An inane, and dangerous, display at the Douglas County Commission

A speaker at Wednesday’s Douglas County Commission meeting on the topic of a mask mandate for those 2 to 12 years old, said that such public health orders were comparable to the Holocaust. What a load of trash. Yes, public officials are supposed to value public comment. But sometimes the ...