Editorials

Editorial: Gun law costly

Is Lawrence going to be like Dodge City in the days of the O.K. Corral, or are our city’s public building entrances possibly going to resemble the screening areas for airline boarding?Those appear to be the options facing local governments as they consider alternatives for complying with ...

Editorial: Court case

Like volleys back and forth across the net, the issue of lighted tennis courts is being served up again for the Lawrence City Commission.The Lawrence Tennis Association is urging commissioners to rethink a previous decision and consider lighting eight courts at the tennis center near Lawrence ...

Editorial: Assault action

Last week’s Pentagon report on sexual assaults in the military will be difficult to ignore.Americans may have been aware that this was a growing problem in the U.S. military, but few probably would have guessed the extent of the epidemic the Pentagon described.Despite various efforts to try ...

Editorial: Discuss designation

East Lawrence property owners recently received a notice from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department informing them a public meeting is scheduled for Thursday to consider the nomination of nine properties to the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.Perhaps each of these sites and the ...

Editorial: Shirking state

Some recent state spending decisions raise real questions about the legitimate role of government.When Gov. Sam Brownback spearheaded the move to eliminate funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, he contended that promoting the arts across Kansas was not a legitimate use of taxpayer money.Can ...

Editorial: Parking plans

Pick a pair of parking plans. Let’s see what happens.First, there’s the nettlesome situation related to accommodating the Tuesday afternoon downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market, which uses 17 spaces in the long-term city parking lot in the 800 block between Rhode Island and New Hampshire ...

Editorial: Budget focus

As usually is the case, the major piece of work facing the Kansas Legislature when it returned for its wrap-up session Wednesday was completion of a budget for the coming fiscal year.There probably are a few other matters that need to be cleaned up in the next week or so — for instance, ...

Editorial: Sports tragedy

The death last weekend of a youth soccer referee who had been punched by a 17-year-old player is tragic in a number of ways.First, of course, is the death of a 46-year-old father of three daughters. Ricardo Portillo died last Saturday night, a week after he was punched in the face by a player ...

Editorial: Haskell advance

Achieving national accreditation is a huge accomplishment for Haskell Indian Nations University’s School of Education.Haskell is the first tribal college to receive national accreditation for its teaching program. The program already had received state accreditation, but the national ...

Editorial: Ill-advised appeal

Late last week, Secretary of State Kris Kobach indicated he was considering an appeal of a federal court’s order that Kansas pay $389,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses in connection with last year’s lawsuit over congressional and legislative redistricting.“This is ridiculous, that ...

Editorial: KBA policies

It’s good that the Kansas Bioscience Authority president and CEO sees “a marked improvement” in the agency’s relationship with Kansas legislators, but the KBA obviously has a ways to go to return to the original vision for the agency to foster expansion of the bioscience industry in ...

Editorial: Great match

Nonprofit agencies in Kansas have a number of problems but not much money to hire consultants to help solve them. Students in Kansas University’s master of business administration program need experience solving problems, and they work for free.It’s a match made in heaven.During a recent ...

Editorial: School excellence

Lawrence school officials probably will offer some extenuating circumstances, but it’s disappointing that neither Lawrence High School nor Free State High School were listed among the top 10 Kansas high schools in the recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of more than 18,000 high ...

Editorial: AG issue

The Kansas attorney general has gone to the Legislature with a large tin cup, asking for another $1.2 million to defend potential legal challenges to laws enacted this year.The attorney general is one of four constitutional officers in Kansas. The others are the governor, the lieutenant ...

Editorial: Turnpike trial

It could be that the best part of a new measure that appoints the Kansas Secretary of Transportation as the director of operations for the Kansas Turnpike is that the law will expire in July 2016.Putting a two-year sunset provision in the law reportedly was intended to give state legislators an ...

Editorial: Tax fairness

Local retailers – the lifeblood of local communities – may be on their way to getting a deserved break from the federal government. The U.S. Senate advanced legislation last week that would impose local sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. A final Senate vote on the measure is ...

Editorial: Planning vision

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.”The inimitable Yogi Berra probably wasn’t thinking about urban planning when he made that statement, but his words seem worth pondering as the Lawrence City Commission considers revising or replacing the city’s ...

Editorial: Valued volunteers

Usually, they are invisible threads in the fabric of our community, but Tuesday they were in the spotlight, recognized and celebrated for their positive contributions that make Lawrence and Douglas County special. They are the 2012 Volunteers of the Year saluted by the United Way of Douglas ...

Editorial: Journalism innovator

The death of Al Neuharth, founder of the USA Today newspaper and former chairman of the Gannett Company, which owns and operates more than 80 daily newspapers and 23 television stations around the country, marks the end of a highly successful, courageous and innovative career.He started in ...

Editorial: Snyder insight

Good for Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder — a good football coach and a highly paid football coach — who has spoken out about runaway salaries for university football and basketball coaches.Snyder, with the full assistance of then-KSU President Jon Wefald, resurrected the ...