Editorials

Editorial: Extra mile

At this point, it’s not clear how adverse weather conditions may affect today’s primary election to narrow the field of Lawrence City Commission candidates. What is clear is that Douglas County is fortunate to have a county clerk who goes above and beyond the call of duty to try to maximize ...

Editorial: Good project

A street project on tonight’s Lawrence City Commission agenda will be a major boon to downtown traffic movement.City commissioners are being asked to move forward on plans to widen Ninth Street between Tennessee and Kentucky streets to make room for a left-turn lane and bicycle lanes. The new ...

Editorial: Activities oversight

Parental involvement is a vital part of any child’s education. But legislation that would revamp the governing boards for interscholastic leagues in Kansas and the Kansas State High School Activities Association runs the risk of upsetting a system that has done a good job of guiding high ...

Editorial: Master plan

Ten years isn’t all that long in the life of a university, but, with the current rapid rate of change in higher education, it only makes sense for Kansas University to take some time to evaluate where it should be headed in the next decade.To that end, KU and a group of hired consultants have ...

Simons’ Saturday Column: Clinic’s high standards provide example for others

“We can no longer take for granted that what makes Mayo so special will continue,” said Dr. Michael Brennan, director of Mayo Clinic’s program in professionalism and ethics. He is a consultant in the division of endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and nutrition at Mayo Clinic in ...

Editorial: What meeting?

Riddle: When is a meeting not a meeting?Answer: “The term ‘meeting’ shall not include: (a) Occasions when a majority of the membership of a body or agency subject to this act attends a social gathering or otherwise gathers so long as the body or agency does not deliberate specific matters ...

Editorial: Botched effort

The ongoing debate about the proposed Rock Chalk Park project, along with the city recreation center, has not presented a picture of a well-organized, well-structured and well-explained multimillion-dollar project.Building and financing this project may be a super idea with a super design, but ...

Editorial: Water work

Police and fire protection. Streets. Water supplies and sewer infrastructure. It’s hard to argue that those are essential services the city is expected to provide.The city staff recommends more than $74 million in expenditures — to be paid off at the clip of around $90 a year per home in ...

Editorial: Slow down

We have one word for Lawrence city commissioners concerning the Rock Chalk Park project in northwest Lawrence: Whoa.Commissioners will be asked tonight to approve a set of agreements that would formally commit the city to build a $25 million regional recreation center adjacent to Kansas ...

Editorial: Prayer, politics

It never hurts to have people praying for you, but Lawrence residents may be a little offended to learn they were included in a recent call for prayers for the “dark spiritual areas” of Kansas.The request came from a group called the Capitol Commission, a Christian group that targets its ...

Editorial: Punitive proposal

Apparently it’s a difficult slog across uncertain terrain to position the state to increase the number of doctors that Kansas University Medical Center graduates each year.And it doesn’t get any easier.The governor’s budget included $10 million from the state over two years to help ...

Simons’ Saturday Column: Technology moves from comics to potential threat

Years ago, a comic book told about the exploits of super detective Dick Tracy, who had access to all kinds of special devices that helped keep him ahead of, and on top of, dangerous, evil-hearted individuals. He had a two-way wrist radio and later a two-way wrist television. On a radio show ...

Editorial: Growing ‘cost’

Knowledgeable political observers suggested President Obama’s State of the Union address probably would be the most important speech of his next four years in the White House.This was the speech in which he would set his agenda for his second term, enthuse and inspire the public and energize ...

Editorial: Strong leader

A national search soon will be under way to identify and select an individual to move into the Baker University president’s office following the upcoming retirement of current President Pat Long.Last week, Long announced her plans to step aside from her leadership position in June 2014.Long, ...

Editorial: Matter of opinion

At least some Kansas legislators apparently aren’t interested in hearing what any local government entity has to say about how they run the state.An amazing piece of legislation that was discussed in the Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee Monday essentially would make it ...

Editorial: Village vision

A request for city funds to get the ball rolling on a proposed retirement village deserves to be pulled off the consent agenda for tonight’s Lawrence City Commission meeting.The city is being asked to spend up to $12,500 to help draw up the paperwork for a new nonprofit organization intended ...

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 ...