Editorials

Editorial: Postal service

The announcement by the U.S. Postal Service that it will drop Saturday mail delivery starting in August was a complete surprise to most Americans, including Congress, which not only has mandated six-day delivery but also is responsible for most of the financial crisis facing the USPS.It remains ...

Editorial: Looming disaster

It’s easy to get caught up in the political issues that consume our media and our conversations: gun policy, fiscal control, school finance. Even trivial matters such as what caused the power failure at the Super Bowl and who should have known that such a “disaster” was possible to ...

Editorial: Park progress

“Let’s go, Farmland!”Well, it may not have the same rockin’ sound as the more familiar “Let’s go, Jayhawks,” but it’s worth shouting in some quarters just the same.On Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission set March 12 as the date to receive bids on what’s expected to be $10 ...

Editorial: Clueless

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King offered a stunning piece of testimony this week supposedly aimed at convincing state legislators to move forward on Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to merge KDOT and the Kansas Turnpike Authority.His testimony should have exactly the opposite ...

Editorial: Foul law

Under the heading of “surely Kansas legislators have something better to do,” state lawmakers should spend no more time on legislation that would require Kansas University and Kansas State University to play basketball with Wichita State University every year.The bill proposed by Sen. ...

Editorial: Financial focus

In recent weeks, considerable attention has been focused on the unorthodox method by which a proposed recreation complex in northwest Lawrence would be bid, constructed and operated.Lawrence taxpayers, however, shouldn’t let the controversy surrounding the project’s primary developer ...

Editorial: Sensible move

For at least one victim, it may be a case of locking the barn door after the horse is gone, but for others it could offer an outcome of reasonableness and a semblance of justice.We’re talking about House Bill 2043, which would allow prosecutors to seek stronger penalties against drunken ...

Editorial: Jersey honor

It’s nice that the jersey of former Kansas University basketball player Mario Chalmers will be hung from the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. This is one of the highest honors a KU basketball player can receive.Chalmers is a fine basketball player and is best known for his last-second shot in the ...

Editorial: Kansas aspirations

In a number of venues, including his State of the State address, Gov. Sam Brownback has promoted Florida and Texas as states Kansas should strive to emulate.Setting aside the sunshine and tourist attractions in those two states, do the majority of Kansans really want their state to be more like ...

Editorial: Reach for the stars

Where’s the Sunflower State going, as it moves past its birthday and steps into its 153rd year?Wednesday’s Journal-World featured Richard Gwin’s photographs of smiling and costumed youngsters observing the state’s birthday. The pictured young wranglers presented a happier face for the ...

Editorial: Arts failure

Any hope that Kansans had for a renewed effort to preserve a state arts agency have been dashed by drastic reductions in the state arts budget proposed earlier this month by Gov. Sam Brownback.Two years ago, the governor used his line-item veto to eliminate all funding for the Kansas Arts ...

Editorial: Tireless leader

The death of Adele Hall is a huge loss for the greater Kansas City area as well as for the entire country.The Nebraska native, one of the University of Nebraska’s most loyal and ardent supporters and a former Cornhusker cheerleader, moved to Kansas City when she married Hallmark executive ...

Editorial: Child care losses

Farewell, Sunshine Acres.The preschool, which since 2007 has been a part of TFI Community Child Care Inc., will close at the end of February after more than 40 years as a fixture of sorts in Lawrence. Another childhood education facility, Imagine Drop-In Child Care, operated by Trinity In-Home ...

Editorial: Worthy honorees

Amid the saturation of daily activities, messages on multiple platforms and the general pace of life today, it’s always inspiring to pause and reflect on some of the special people and institutions in our community. Thanks to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce for once again providing us such ...

Editorial: Election shift

Saving money and increasing participation in local city and school elections certainly are desirable goals, but the problems that would come from moving city elections from April to November far outweigh the advantages.The Kansas House Elections Committee discussed the idea of consolidation ...

Editorial: Open government

A tip of the hat is due to Jacob LaTurner, a Republican from Pittsburg, who took his seat in the Kansas Senate for the first time this month.LaTurner has introduced a number of measures that he said he hopes will “make sure we are the most ethical, the most transparent state in the ...

Editorial: Active election

It’s been a long time since Lawrence has had so many people interested in joining the Lawrence City Commission. The fact that voters will have the opportunity to consider 11 candidates for three commission seats makes the upcoming primary and general elections particularly important.On the ...

Editorial: Tax balance

As Gov. Sam Brownback pushes toward his goal of eliminating state income taxes in Kansas, he is recommending a couple of tax measures that will offset the loss of state revenue from lower income tax rates but may be a hard blow for low- and middle-income people in the state.During his State of ...

Editorial: Corporate farms

Accommodating corporate farming in Kansas may be a tough row to hoe.Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman has poked the hornets’ nest by suggesting that the state’s restrictions on corporate involvement in agriculture is hindering the recruitment of new agribusiness, and that the ...

Editorial: Tapping the turnpike

The Kansas Turnpike, born out of the old Kansas Highway Department, now is in its 50s but looking great! That’s why it seems to make little sense to step backwards and combine Kansas Turnpike Authority operations with today’s Kansas Department of Transportation as a money-saving venture, as ...