Editorials

Editorial: Local politics

Over the years, Lawrence has been blessed to have hundreds of able, talented, civic-minded men and women serve as city commissioners, county commissioners and school board members.They didn’t serve on these boards to enrich themselves but rather to “give back” to the community. These were ...

Editorial: Access to care

Geographical gaps in the availability of dental care in Kansas have been an area of concern for some time, but those gaps are becoming far more serious for Kansans who depend on the state’s new Medicaid program, known as KanCare.Dental services for children always have been included in ...

Editorial: Less confusing?

Don Moler, executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities, hit the nail on the head regarding various attempts to move local elections to November and turn them into partisan contests.“City elections have been held in the springtime since 1861,” said Moler. “That’s a period ...

Editorial: Blocking sunlight

Sunshine Week, in case you missed it, has come and gone. Mainly it was disappointing, with not much sunshine and with storm clouds on the horizon.For the record, March 10-16 represented the time set aside to promote discussions about open government, transparency, and freedom of information.The ...

Editorial: Jobs, politics

Like many aspects of state government, the classified employment system evolved in response to a need.In this case it was a need to protect state employees from capricious political decisions and paybacks and to help provide the state a stable, professional workforce that wouldn’t experience ...

Simons’ Saturday Column: Tax breaks for college athletic ‘charity’ spur scrutiny

Earlier this week, Fox News had a story that should be of great interest to fans of Kansas University athletic programs and those who are generous in their fiscal contributions to the KU Endowment Association.The story told of a $250 million renovation of the football stadium at the University ...

Editorial: Water pressure

The recent rain helped to clean our streets from the dingy mess the late winter had left behind. After the snow and the fun of sledding and making forts and snow creatures, the warmer temperatures and rain were welcome. That modest amount of precipitation (less than 2 inches so far in 2013 in ...

Editorial: More democratic?

Legislation to change the way judges are appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals apparently is on its way to becoming law in Kansas.The bill eliminates the current process by which an appointed nominating committee reviews applications and recommends three nominees to the governor. Under the ...

Editorial: Education lifeline

Over the last 10 to 20 years, Kansas lawmakers have whittled away at higher education funding, until the state now provides only about 20 percent of Kansas University’s operating revenue.To help make up for that declining support, state universities and the Kansas Board of Regents have turned ...

Editorial: Ticket trend

For of all the sad words of tongue or pen,The saddest are these: “It might have been!”What might have been? That’s likely what some families may be wondering as they ponder the significant drop in traffic and other citations issued by Lawrence police during 2012. A city report shows that ...

Editorial: After the fact

Let’s see now: You’ve already bought that new car, but under my “cash for clunkers” program — promoted as a way to entice folks to buy new vehicles — I’m going to reward you anyway. Isn’t that a wonderful idea for you, and completely nonsensical? How will that entice you to buy ...

Editorial: Punishment options

Sentencing someone to death for a crime is an extremely serious matter. It shouldn’t be easy to either issue that sentence or carry it out.Many people have moral concerns about capital punishment, but there also are concerns about how great a drain those cases are on the state treasury. ...

Editorial: Gun stampede

The Kansas Board of Regents has set a policy for the institutions it governs, disallowing concealed carry of handguns on campuses.Now comes the Kansas House of Representatives to debate a measure that would put that decision in the hands of local university administrators. Those, of course, are ...

Editorial: Market move

Lawrence city commissioners decided Tuesday to go the extra mile to accommodate the popular Downtown Farmers’ Market.A new location was being sought for the Tuesday market after new long-term parking was added in the market’s former home in the 1000 block of Vermont. Market organizers were ...

Editorial: Kobach conflict

A bill passed by the Kansas Senate last week was a mixed bag for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.The initial bill under consideration would give the Secretary of State’s Office the power to prosecute election fraud cases. Kobach has vigorously supported the legislation, saying that the ...

Editorial: Details, details

Tonight appears to be the Lawrence City Commission’s last opportunity to heed the pleas of many community members to slow down and make sure all of the pertinent details are locked in before committing to a city recreation center in northwest Lawrence.If, as seems likely, city commissioners ...

Editorial: Tax shift

It’s difficult to pay attention to what’s happening in Topeka these days when most of our energy and attention is spent moving snow, worrying about getting to work or getting the kids to their schools and activities as winter delivers a late-season pair of punches.But the Kansas Association ...

Editorial: Wage balance

Figures reported recently by the Journal-World about overtime wages paid to local government employees may have raised some eyebrows among taxpayers. Paying more than $3 million in overtime to city, county and school district employees in the last year may seem like poor management, but events ...

Editorial: Inane measure

No matter what your personal beliefs about firearms, automatic rifles, concealed carry, high-capacity magazines, background checks and other gun-related issues, there seems to be something preciously inane about a measure that’s being shepherded through the Kansas Legislature. Wednesday, a ...

Editorial: Important choice

Voting for a city commissioner is an important opportunity and responsibility.Those elected to the commission for two- and four-year terms will play a significant role in the future of Lawrence. The three individuals elected on April 2 will represent a majority of the five-member commission. ...