Editorials

Editorial: Some advice

It seems as if Douglas County Commissioner Jim Flory’s comment at Wednesday’s meeting was right on target. After listening to a debate that lasted more than five hours and receiving more than 400 pages of documents related to a sand-pit dredging application that included conflicting ...

Editorial: Leadership Gap

In the wake of the recent presidential election that showed a wide disparity in candidate preferences among female and minority voters, many Republican leaders expressed the need to increase the diversity of their party.News out of Washington last week indicates that such a transition may take ...

Editorial: Success story

Tonight and, hopefully, Saturday night, local residents are lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the Kansas University volleyball team play in the NCAA championship tournament.The members of the team are excited for this opportunity but, for them, it was far more than a matter of luck. ...

Editorial: Shelter milestone

Sunday marks another milestone – a major one – for the Lawrence Community Shelter as the facility for the area’s homeless nears its opening.From noon to 4 p.m. it will have an open house for the public. Meanwhile, it will complete its preparations to host its targeted guests in its new ...

Editorial: Big bond

During a recent visit to the Journal-World, Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll and school board President Vanessa Sanburn were quick to say that a board member’s earlier estimate that a proposed school bond issue could reach $100 million was too high.Apparently, not by much.At their meeting ...

Editorial: Poor practice

The Lawrence City Commission is preparing to follow its own poor precedent by moving forward on annexing a plot of land before the use and zoning for that property has been finalized.On tonight’s consent agenda — where it will get no discussion unless a commissioner or member of the public ...

Editorial: Transit hub

The city’s bus transfer hub once again is being shuffled to a new downtown location, but, as Lawrence Transit staff members already know, it’s time to look for a more permanent solution to this problem.On Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners will be asked to temporarily relocate the ...

Editorial: Promises kept

It was great to read last week about the continuing success of the Family Promise program in Lawrence.The story in Wednesday’s Journal-World focused on Isiah Linnear, who ended up in Lawrence with his five children after deciding to flee the urban environment of West Chicago a year ago. After ...

Editorial: Court, politics

The pool of Kansas Court of Appeals nominees forwarded to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week is likely to add fuel to an already expected debate in the coming legislative session about how state appeals court judges are selected.By statute, the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission is ...

Editorial: Blessings

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the opportunity it offers most of us to take a little time away from the hustle and bustle to consider all the positive aspects of our lives.Despite the increasing encroachment of the supposedly urgent Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving may be ...

Editorial: Training progress

It’s great to see local officials working together on plans to beef up vocational and technical education opportunities in Lawrence.Many local residents have seen a need to expand those opportunities for some time, but their efforts never really took off. Now, it appears that a strong ...

Editorial: Strings attached

With a few revisions, the $50,000 donation that developer Thomas Fritzel is offering to settle issues related to the handling of the Varsity House property may be an acceptable deal for the city — if city officials learn some important lessons in the process.At tonight’s meeting, the ...

Editorial: Lost arts — and sciences

Probably most people who read newspapers also write in longhand — “cursive” letters learned by repetition on tablets (that would be paper sheets, not digital devices) that enforced the proper slant (that would be angle) of the letters and the particular formation of capitals and ...

Editorial: Legislative courage

At the end of a television interview shortly after her re-election on Nov. 6, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., had some words of wisdom for her colleagues in Congress:“Courage in the next few years is not going to be just standing by yourself giving some speech on the left or the right. ...

Editorial: Rental oversight

As is true of about any group of people, some landlords are more conscientious than others.That’s why governments need to play a role in ensuring that rental property meets certain standards related to health and safety.In a city like Lawrence, maintaining a certain level of quality in rental ...

Editorial: Waiting game

Officials with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced earlier this month that they now have what they believe is an accurate list of people awaiting home and community-based Medicaid services and they are ready to move forward on providing those services — but not ...

Editorial: Help wanted?

The public has been asked to help local law enforcement as it continues to focus on halting what apparently is a string of arson fires in apartment buildings.Everyone, particularly those of us in the news media, wants to help. Nobody wants another Boardwalk situation.The problem is that Fire ...

Editorial: Quick resolution

For once it didn’t involve late-night meetings, teeth-gnashing with attorneys, and city and county agencies conferring and compromising to move a Lawrence development project a step forward.It did take a backhoe, a rather innovative tool considering Lawrence’s contentious reputation ...

Editorial: Tasty or hasty?

This evening’s Lawrence City Commission meeting is likely to provide the extra push that eventually will result in building the Rock Chalk Recreation Center.Seldom, if ever, has a project of this size and cost moved so quickly through city offices. And seldom, if ever, has such a use of ...

Editorial: Election integrity

Voters in Wichita and the rest of Sedgwick County have a right to be upset with the handling of Tuesday’s general election.The situation is a reminder that, amid all the talk of potential voter fraud, human error and the vulnerability of computerized voter systems may pose a far greater ...