Editorials

Editiorial: Arts effort

Starting with its founding as a Free State bastion, Lawrence often has attracted unconventional and controversial thinking. Perhaps at least in part because of that tradition, Lawrence also seems to attract more than its share of people involved in the creative arts.Now leaders in the Lawrence ...

Editorial: City salaries

Why do Lawrence city commissioners get paid $9,000 a year while Douglas County commissioners are paid about $33,000 a year?It’s a fair question and one that was part of Tuesday’s discussion about the possibility of raising the salary for members of the Lawrence City Commission.The city ...

Editorial: Ongoing concern

Leaders of organizations that advocate for people who have developmental disabilities may have won the battle in the Kansas Senate this session, but it’s certain that the war is not over.Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, stressed as much when he said he has no plans for the ...

Editorial: Thatcher inspiration

The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brings to an end an incredible career for a woman, who in a relatively few years, with a tough backbone and an unshakable conviction, was able to change a tottering socialist society to a positive and optimistic free market.She ...

Editorial: Risky business

Three times last week, Lawrence police officers have been injured while making arrests.First, we should thank these officers for their service. The recent statistic should focus attention on the abuse that members of our police force take and the dangers they face. Then we should get busy to ...

Editorial: Lied leadership

The announcement by Tim Van Leer that he will retire at the end of the year as executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas calls attention to the fine job he has done over the past 12 years of overseeing the operation of the center.He joined the Lied in 2001 and has helped develop the ...

Editorial: Border battle

Some rivalries and competitions just are not destined to fade away. Kansas vs. Missouri is a case in point.Sure, the annual Big 12 (and predecessor conference) athletic events have been tabled by conference realignment decisions, but the border between the states still spurs intense scrutiny by ...

Editorial: Bid interest

Is it a cause for celebration in the days ahead?Bids for major contracts to develop the former Farmland Industries property have come in millions of dollars below city estimates. Plans are to convert the former fertilizer plant adjoining Kansas Highway 10 at the east edge of Lawrence into a ...

Editorial: Welcome back

Local sports fans needing something to look forward to now that the Kansas University basketball season is officially over won’t have long to wait.Two signature events from the Kansas Relays again will move to downtown Lawrence on April 17 and 18. While most events still are held at Memorial ...

Editorial: Great job

Congratulations to the Kansas University Wind Ensemble for what reportedly was a stellar recent performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The group’s March 26 performance was the world premiere of a new work by New York composer Mohammed Fairouz. “In the Shadow of No Towers” was ...

Editorial: Wrap it up

Given the amount of news generated by various bills making their way through the Kansas Legislature, it’s a little surprising that Gov. Sam Brownback has signed only three measures into law this year.However, this may be a year when less is more when it comes to legislative action.The first ...

Editorial: Important choices

Hopefully, Mother Nature will provide ideal weather Tuesday so local voters will have no excuse for not participating in the Lawrence City Commission and school board elections.These are important bodies, and those who serve as members play a significant role in shaping the excellence and ...

Editorial: Level field?

Sounds good. Sounds like making things equitable. Shades of “fairness.” But sometimes, in reality, it smacks of “special treatment.” A case in point is Senate Bill 72, a measure working its way through the Kansas Legislature that would treat for-profit health clubs as if they were ...

Editorial: Tournament time

NCAA basketball tournament time always spurs some excitement in Lawrence and throughout the Jayhawk Nation, and that excitement is heightened in a year, like this one, when both the men’s and women’s teams find themselves advancing to the Sweet 16.The men’s team will play its next game ...

Editorial: Political priorities

The capricious Kansas Legislature has struck again with a bill ordering the Kansas University Medical Center to create a new adult stem cell research center. The center was the brain child of legislators, who even gave it a name: the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center. It wasn’t part of any KU ...

Editorial: Service optional?

A bill that could have a profound impact on the availability and affordability of telephone service across the state is moving through the Kansas Legislature. If it is passed, it may not have a great effect on urban areas of the state where customers generally have at least a few choices of who ...

Editorial: Parade praise

If you’re looking for a silver lining, this is it!In the midst of the sequester, the Kansas Legislature, election issues, the weather that teases us with spring one moment and showers us with snow the next, there are positive things going on around us.Fortunately, in Lawrence, we don’t have ...

Editorial: Budget blunders

As the state budget winds its way through the Kansas Legislature, legislators are proposing cuts that defy both logic and any sense of fair play.Here are a few examples:• After placing a high priority and committing state funds to the Kansas University Medical Center’s successful quest to ...

Editorial: Bond reservations

Chances are, every voter who marks a ballot in the April 2 $92.5 million school bond election has a memory of his or her elementary school — the building itself and the teachers and principal.Those memories, in addition to current familiarity with the condition of many older Lawrence school ...

Editorial: MU who?

Last week’s Big 12 Conference post-season basketball tournament in Kansas City was a smashing success in most every category, particularly for the Kansas Jayhawks, who dribbled away with a 70-54 win over Kansas State and the tournament championship. KU is now 9-1 in the Big 12 tournament ...