Editorials

Editorial: Slow search

What is going on at the Kansas University Medical Center? Why is it taking so long to hire a new executive vice chancellor for the center?After several years of drifting, poor faculty morale and a lack of decisiveness or courage by KU leaders or the Kansas Board of Regents, Barbara Atkinson ...

Editorial: Amphitheater about-face

It appears city officials are dumping the dream for an outdoor amphitheater at Sesquicentennial Point northeast of the Clinton Reservoir dam for an amphitheater in the soon-to-be developed Rock Chalk athletic complex at the city’s northwest corner.Sesquicentennial Point overlooks Clinton ...

Editorial: Experience counts

According to the statistics, young Kansas drivers are a lot safer than they were a few years ago and a new graduated driver’s license law is getting much of the credit.New laws that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2010, require all teen drivers to hold a learner’s permit for a year before ...

Editorial: Good partnership

The new role being considered for Douglas County Senior Services could make that agency an even more important player in attracting retirees to Lawrence and providing the services they want once they get here.Earlier this year, a city-county task force charged with studying how to attract more ...

Editorial: Untimely issue

Lawrence city officials may be completely justified in requiring developers of a downtown hotel project to survey their site to determine whether it is an unmarked burial ground for several black soldiers killed in Quantrill’s Raid, but the issue should have been raised much earlier in the ...

Editorial: Libya questions

Have President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton and members of their inner circle deliberately lied or at least tried to mislead the American public about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya?Information now is available indicating the White ...

Editorial: Around again

Thanks to the Lawrence city commissioners who are raising objections to a proposal to put a large traffic roundabout in the intersection of Ninth and New Hampshire streets.It’s been a while since roundabouts and traffic-calming circles were addressed in this space. The community has become ...

Editorial: Decision time

The debates are over. Now voters must decide which man, President Barack Obama or former Gov. Mitt Romney, has the best vision, strength and ability to govern and pull this country out of its economic doldrums and generate enthusiasm and a positive attitude about this country’s ...

Editorial: Varsity loss

It looks as if the fears of local residents concerned about the future of the Varsity House near 11th and Indiana have been realized.The significant house, which once served as home for the Kansas University football team, found itself in the way of “progress” last year when Lawrence ...

Editorial: Discouraging number

The preliminary voter registration numbers for Douglas County announced last week are disappointing.Despite the fact that the nation faces a pivotal presidential election along with many important state and local races, the county’s voter registration now is about 7 percent below the number ...

Editorial: Narrow focus

The Lawrence school district already has staged its first two “pre-bond issue planning” meetings in preparation for seeking what one board member estimated might be a $90 million to $100 million bond issue. According to the district’s website that announced 16 such meetings, the Lawrence ...

Editorial: Landmark accomplishment

Congratulations to the dedicated volunteer force that successfully sought National Historical Landmark status for the Black Jack Battlefield near Baldwin City.The national designation of this site raises the historical profile of the entire region and will benefit efforts to promote historical ...

Editorial: Round two

If this year’s series of presidential debates was likened to a three-round prize fight, most ringside judges would have given round one, by a wide margin, to challenger Mitt Romney.The champion’s trainers gave their fighter, President Obama, quick instructions on how to take the fight to ...

Editorial: Armored and ready

OK, Lawrence, we’re about to get our very own armored car — whether we need it or not.America’s taxpayers collectively will pick up the tab, so the $152,000 expense won’t be borne entirely by Lawrence taxpayers. A Homeland Security grant will fund the acquisition, and it’s not yet ...

Editorial: Looking forward

Perhaps it ain’t over ’til it’s over, but it appears that the bitter, decades-long effort to build, or to stop the building of, the leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway through the Baker Wetlands may be at an end.Opponents of the road opted not to appeal a U.S. 10th Circuit Court of ...

Editorial: Finally fair

It has taken awhile — more than a year since the issue rose to the surface and that’s considerably longer than it should have — but as of today an issue of unfairness to Kansas retailers apparently will have been resolved.That’s when the “K-State Official Online Store” will begin to ...

Editorial: Debate difference

If nothing else (and certainly there were other lasting impressions) Thursday’s debate between the vice presidential candidates teed it up for Tuesday’s second face-off between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney.The fact that Thursday’s event had more “show-biz” ...

Editorial: News puzzle

Recently the Journal-World had a nightmarish occurrence when an entire section of the newspaper was inadvertently left out of the day’s paper. Our readers’ reaction may be instructive.Although it’s National Newspaper Week, it doesn’t feel like a time for celebrating. Around the country, ...

Editorial: Get serious, KU

Kansas Athletics needs to play by the rules.Whether it’s the latest ridiculous situation of failing to register the football team trailer properly or earlier, repeated, instances of improper ways (meaning not in step with the law’s requirements) of how automobiles given to coaches are ...

Editorial: Say thank you

Events this coming Sunday and Tuesday in Lawrence are especially worthy of community note, and both involve giving heartfelt recognition to our fellow citizens who have unselfishly risked their lives to protect our community and our freedoms.On Sunday afternoon, the Dole Institute of Politics ...