Editorials

Editorial: We will survive the COVID storm, and America will be prosperous again

When it comes to loosening our social-distance requirements and other measures designed to fight COVID-19, the country should take its guidance from health experts, not President Donald Trump. That said, it is wise for public leaders — both Republicans and Democrats — to start talking ...

KU deserves credit and thanks for keeping the paychecks flowing

The University of Kansas and several other government entities and businesses in the Lawrence area deserve credit for how they are treating their employees during these trying times. KU leaders came out relatively quickly to explain that employees of the university will continue to be paid, ...

Editorial: Patience, perseverance, perspective needed as we battle the virus

There are times where it is particularly important to practice the three P’s in life: patience, perseverance and perspective. We’ve come to one of those times as our country and communities confront new realities in the face of the coronavirus. The virus has disrupted ordinary and ...

Views from Kansas: A prison crisis for women

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The number of women in prison in Kansas has grown significantly. Topeka Correctional Facility, the only women’s prison in the state, is now slightly above ...

Views from Kansas: Susan Wagle’s immoral stand

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Only Susan Wagle, president of the Kansas Senate, could make her fellow Republican Jim Denning look like Winston Churchill. What’s she done now, you ask? Publicly ...

Views from Kansas: Church should back legislation

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What the Kansas Catholic Conference might consider giving up for Lent is its official neutrality on a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for civil ...

Views from Kansas: Allow local bans on plastics

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Wichita leaders recently decided to explore a citywide ban on plastic bags. It didn’t take long for some state lawmakers to sharpen their dictatorial pencils and ...

Editorial: Clear the air on the city’s police chief mess

The Lawrence police union’s vote of no confidence in the city’s police chief has been described by both the union and city management as uncharted territory. Perhaps that is so, but the public ought to lend both sides a well-tested map. All roads on that map lead to openness and ...

Editorial: City and county must provide better leadership for homeless shelters

There are lots of good people involved in the nonprofit, largely volunteer organizations that try to serve the homeless in Lawrence. Now, City of Lawrence and Douglas County officials need to provide those organizations with some good leadership. Such leadership is needed fast. Signs are ...

Views from Kansas: Amendment strategy foul

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Passing legislation on abortion will never, ever be easy. It’s just too personal, too far-reaching, too politically radioactive. But Kansas legislators could have ...

Views from Kansas: How much can you tolerate?

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 have cast their votes. Soon, it will be time for you to cast yours. We all knew that was the end game anyway. The U.S. Senate, ...

Editorial: Impeachment highlighted the many broken parts of America

For those who survived the Cold War, they may remember a phrase that became part of the vernacular: “Mutually assured destruction.” It was a reminder that nuclear war would destroy both the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The phrase made a brief comeback during President Donald Trump’s ...

Views from Kansas: Cut-and-paste bills a bad idea

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A new bill in the Kansas Legislature would require every public classroom, library and municipal building in the state to display the national motto, “In God We ...

Views from Kansas: Bad timing on abortion vote

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The possibility of an anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution being brought before voters during the August primary election is an obviously bad and unfair ...

Views from Kansas: Relative justice is a problem

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Your chance of getting justice in court shouldn’t depend on where you live or who governs your city or county. Yet, it may in Kansas — especially when an unarmed ...

Editorial: From basketball to bricks, incivility finds a home in Lawrence

Civility has not been rampant in Lawrence recently. The uncivil incident that much of the country saw last week involved an end-of-game brawl between the KU and Kansas State basketball teams. But the incident that should stick in the minds of those who live in the community involves a brick ...

Editorial: KU needs to get tougher on fraternities, but it likely won’t

You can’t spell Kumbaya without KU. The recently released report by the University of Kansas’ Sorority and Fraternity Life Task Force serves as a reminder of that sentiment. The report hopes to convince you that all we need to do to make KU’s fraternity system safer and more responsible ...

Views from Kansas: Safety rules are not ‘red tape’

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. On the same day that newly released internal messages showed Boeing employees not only knew all about problems with the 737 Max but also actively hid those problems ...

Views from Kansas: Support our state hospitals

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Better pay and working conditions for mental health workers must be a priority issue for Kansas lawmakers in the 2020 session, which begins next week. There are two ...