Editorials

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 ...

Editorial: City should slow down on proposed scooter program

The idea of a new electric scooter program in downtown Lawrence feels a bit like an eighth-grade mohawk. You remember those junior high days where you felt obligated to wear a particular type of clothing or sport a certain kind of hairstyle or listen to a special brand of music to be cool. ...

Views from Kansas: Senate must have fair trial

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Has anyone in this country not decided how he or she feels about the impeachment of President Donald Trump? We assume there must be a few such people. Perhaps they ...

Views from Kansas: Change law on child abuse

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What would you do when presented with a 3-month-old baby who suffered a ghastly 31 fractures at the hands of a “caretaker”? Would you say, “Whatever we do, ...

Editorial: Democrats are conducting the worst kind of impeachment: half-hearted

House Democrats should be congratulated on the strength of their conscience. They should be chastised for their lack of conviction. A president asking for a favor from a foreign leader that involves investigating a political rival of the president should create multiple questions of ...

Editorial: High school championships, a bad system and class warfare

Here is a fun fact for you: The Kansas State High School Activities Association recently awarded 15 state championships to 4A and 5A schools. Nine of them were won by private schools. Well, maybe that isn’t such a fun fact if you are a student-athlete in one of those competing public ...

Views from Kansas: Title IX case not all that simple

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Two young women have dropped their federal lawsuit against Kansas State University, and in a limited sense that makes complete sense to us. Their case — which ...

Editorial: Maybe it is time we fundamentally change the internet

Most of America probably does not realize that we could make a massive change to the internet with a relatively small eraser. All it would take to fundamentally change how the internet operates is the removal of about 25 words in a single federal law. Those words can be found in section 230 ...

Editorial: Thanksgiving great for giving thanks but also for coming together

If strained for conversation topics this Thanksgiving, maybe you should start with discussing the time the vice president shot the former secretary of the treasury. You know, when Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed founding father and former treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton in a ...

Editorial: Democrats must force the hand of the Supreme Court

Hopefully, the American people still believe in the system of checks and balances. President Donald Trump seemingly thinks a check is nothing more than a piece of paper that occasionally bounces. Checks and balances, though, are fundamental to the preservation of our form of government. At ...

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 ...