Editorials

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 ...

Editorial: Court maneuver

It would be relatively simple to fix the primary problem that Gov. Sam Brownback and other critics have cited with the state’s process for selecting members of the Kansas Court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court. Unfortunately, rather than pursuing a simple fix, the governor and some ...

Editorial: Gun action

In Arizona, there’s a concern about graffiti. So there’s a proposal to force stores to lock up spray paint. It’s similar to the way that cold remedies that contain ingredients that could be used to make methamphetamine have been moved off drug-store shelves in Kansas and ...

Editorial: Mental health effort

It’s too bad it took the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the hands of a gunman who reportedly had mental health problems in Connecticut to get the nation’s attention about the need for added attention to mental health services. Nonetheless, Gov. Sam Brownback’s plans to address ...

Editorial: Quick fix

It’s hard to argue with Gov. Sam Brownback’s new emphasis on raising reading scores among Kansas youngsters, but both the governor and legislators need to make sure the state is seeking real improvement rather than a short-term fix that will simply make the statistics look better.At a ...

Editorial: Pain, gain

Patience. Planning. Those may be good recommendations for drivers in Lawrence in the months ahead.On tonight’s Lawrence City Commission agenda is a presentation concerning the “pavement management program” planned for this year; in other words, street work. It’s an ambitious plan ...

Editorial: Landmark access

Huge chalk formations standing in the middle of the western Kansas flatlands are a startling and awesome sight. Monument Rocks and Castle Rock aren’t exactly Stonehenge, but they have rightly been designated as a national Natural Landmark and one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.The rocks are ...

Editorial: Ethics issue

If it ain’t broke, let’s not fix it. Especially with other matters that, just possibly, might be more pressing.The chairmen of the Kansas House and Senate election committees both have expressed interest in scrutinizing the Kansas Ethics Commission, which is charged with enforcing campaign ...

Editorial: Safety measures

First, the silver lining: For two consecutive years, there’s been a decrease in the number of people who died in Kansas in traffic accidents involving alcohol.That reverses a trend in the state that had defied a steady decline in such accidents nationwide, and apparently reflects an emphasis ...

Editorial: Children in need

Gov. Sam Brownback is defending his administration’s new approach to programs designed to help poor families in Kansas, but the numbers are troubling.According to news reports, the number of people receiving Temporary Aid for Needy Families has declined by 38 percent since the state ...

Editorial: Key support

With less than two weeks to the Jan. 22 filing deadline, a number of candidates are filing and announcing their intention to file for seats on the Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board. The community should be grateful to those who are stepping up to seek these important posts ...

Editorial: Rational decision

It seems like a rare victory for common sense in what’s too often an “Alice in Wonderland” bureaucracy.Prescribed burns of the tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills can skew air quality data in monitoring locations, and that specific data should not be used to impose more stringent, and ...

Editorial: Curriculum shift

Exactly what skills and knowledge should a Kansas University graduate have?Whatever that list includes, it’s reasonable to assume it has changed at least somewhat over the last 25 or 50 years. In an effort to meet those changing needs, KU is completing a multi-year process of developing a ...

Editorial: Still on the cliff

Oh, the fiscal cliff, and where does it leave us?You could say the markets were pleased, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumping, if not for joy, at least up by more than 300 points.You could say that Govs. Christie and Cuomo were not, or at least that they were angry that Congress ...

Editorial: Service failure

Sometimes you just don’t want to kick ‘em when they’re down. Then there are other times!This is one of those others. Something seems dreadfully wrong with the public-facing, client-oriented operations of the Kansas Department of Labor. It’s gone on long enough, so that even though the ...

Editorial: Vo-tech effort

For years — probably more than the collective memories of generations of Lawrence business leaders can begin to tally — local businessmen and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce have lamented the lack of vocational-technical training in the county.There have been periodic fits and starts to ...

Editorial: Cooperative effort

When the Just Food pantry was founded in 2009, we were among those who questioned whether the agency would simply duplicate services already being provided by other local social service entities.At the time, it seemed that the effort to provide food to local people was more in need of ...