Editorials

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 ...

Editorial: Flex plan?

Lawrence’s new city commission tonight will get a taste of an old dish that seems never to go off the local menu: Development and the comprehensive plan.On the agenda is an innocuous looking item labeled “Consider Text Amendments, TA-12-00206, to the City of Lawrence Land Development Code, ...

Editorial: Rate shift

Ask and ye shall receive. Especially if you’re Westar Energy Inc.The cheering on one sideline comes from medium and large businesses and schools. The mumblings and exclamations of discontent come from residential customers, small businesses and, unlikely as it might be, probably Kansas City ...

Editorial: Higher ed priority

On Monday, Gov. Sam Brownback will begin a series of visits to state universities, community colleges and technical schools across Kansas. The goal of the visits, according to a news release from the governor’s office, is to “emphasize his support of his proposed budgets” for those ...

Editorial: Eyeing the estimates

A lot is riding on today’s meeting of the state Consensus Revenue Estimating Group.This group of state officials and university economists meets twice each year to examine various economic factors and revenue figures and issue an educated guess about what state revenues will be for the coming ...

Editorial: Positive step

Recent news stories have reported that a number of college fraternity chapters are choosing to restrict or completely eliminate alcohol consumption in their houses.Given incidents across the country, including a few at Kansas University, that certainly is a welcome trend. Enforcing such ...

Editorial: Touring classroom

These days, much attention is given to “education,” whether it deals with K-12 schools, higher education, the cost of education, mid-career education, technical schools, proper funding for education, community colleges, the importance or lack of importance of graduate schools or MBA ...

Editorial: Big success

Kansas University is a defining asset for Lawrence and makes a mighty contribution to our community 365 days a year.Nonetheless, there’s something special about seeing 3,000 KU volunteers investing some sweat equity in the community that surrounds the university campus.That’s what happened ...

Editorial: Inexcusable delay

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is blatantly flouting the law and needs to be held to the same standards as individuals and other agencies — agencies that supposedly serve all Kansas residents.The issue at hand involves the office’s processing of applications from residents ...

Editorial: On the move

Just like Greensburg is the home of the world’s largest hand-dug well and Cawker City is the home of the world’s largest ball of twine, Topeka is the home of Kansas state government. Or is it?No one is likely to move the ball of twine, and Greensburg’s well certainly isn’t going ...

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 ...