Editorials

Editorial: Good timing

A partnership to create a new outpatient health care campus for the city that would incorporate mental health treatment appears to be arriving on the scene with remarkably good timing.As President Obama commented last week in detailing his expectations for actions in the wake of the Newtown, ...

Editorial: Merry Christmas

The weeks before Christmas are filled with holiday greetings, songs and events to celebrate a happy holiday season. Festive decorations and classic holiday movies portray Christmas as a picture-perfect holiday, with happy family members gathered around a beautifully trimmed Christmas tree with ...

Editorial: Right decision

Major construction in the area of Iowa and 15th streets is bound to cause significant inconvenience next year, but Lawrence city commissioners were right to affirm an earlier decision to close the intersection to east-west traffic during the project.After hearing some concerns from businesses ...

Editorial: Looking ahead

Budgeting or setting university tuition rates for two or more years in advance has some appeal but, from a practical standpoint, it mostly doesn’t work very well.Gov. Sam Brownback has indicated he will propose a two-year budget for state government next year, and his School Efficiency Task ...

Editorial: Policy spat

Let’s hope it’s not a precursor of things to come.Earlier this week, the discord and downright petty nastiness of Kansas politics reared their heads in a meeting of the Legislative Educational Planning Committee.Behind it all is the intraparty feuding in the Republican ranks. It spilled out ...

Editorial: Job search

Kansas University officials are working hard to improve the school. They want to elevate the academic excellence of entering students, attract superior faculty members, reduce the number of student drop-outs, improve student recruiting and structure the curriculum so more students will be able ...

Editorial: Pediatric alliance

Congratulations to those at Kansas University Hospital, the KU Medical Center and Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital for working out a plan to join forces to develop an integrated and superior pediatric program.All parties are winners in this plan: the patients, doctors, medical staffs ...

Editorial: Call to action

The shooting deaths of two police officers in Topeka Sunday evening provided a tragic local connection to the 26 shooting deaths on Friday in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.In both cases, the apparent killer also is dead. Law enforcement officials will try to piece together the ...

Editorial: Different paths

“Two roads diverged in a wood,” wrote poet Robert Frost, “and I,” his stanza continues, “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”Two distinct paths loom for tax-supported units of government in Douglas County as they prepare for the months ahead, ...

Editorial: Choice awaited

What is taking so long?It is puzzling why it is taking so long for Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to announce whom she has selected to become the new executive vice chancellor of the KU Medical Center.Several weeks ago, three men were interviewed for the job: one from ...

Editorial: Proactive approach

An 8 percent reduction in the state’s higher education budget is only a recommendation, but the Kansas Board of Regents and state university leaders shouldn’t take a wait-and-see approach to cuts that could have a significant, if not devastating, impact on their institutions.In September ...

Editorial: Faulty process

Identifying the exact problem is the key to solving it, just as asking the right question is the key to getting the precise answer. With that in mind, officials have a clear path toward reducing the number of provisional ballots cast in Douglas County — and presumably across the ...

Editorial: Teacher success

It’s good to see the Lawrence school district looking beyond standardized tests as it seeks to develop new and better ways of evaluating teachers.Standardized tests have been the mainstay of the federal No Child Left Behind law, but, because the Kansas State Department of Education sought and ...

Editorial: Struggling campaign

The United Way of Douglas County has sounded an alarm that it is only about halfway toward this year’s ambitious goal of $1.8 million, in an annual campaign that was to have ended Friday.Organization and campaign officials concede that it is unusual for the effort to find itself so short of ...

Editorial: Disappointed Dole

Former Kansas U.S. Sen. Bob Dole certainly needs no introduction to the vagaries of politics or the whims of today’s elected officials. And presumably he wouldn’t want anyone feeling sorry for him in the aftermath of what no doubt was a personally disappointing vote in which the Senate ...

Editorial: It’s done

When it was reported last week that incoming Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle wanted to reopen the issue of legislative redistricting, many Kansans may have hoped she wanted to look at a new system, perhaps a nonpartisan redistricting commission, that would lessen the possibility that the ...

Editorial: Taste issue

In a step toward solving Lawrence’s problems of foul tasting and smelling water, the city staff has been authorized to negotiate a contract with Burns & McDonnell to study how to address the situation.The City Commission gave the go-ahead Tuesday night in a meeting dominated by ...

Editorial: Another chance

Sometimes when a game goes into extra innings, it gives a major player an additional at-bat and an opportunity to swing for the fences. Sometimes that player emerges as the hero who carries the day. Such an opportunity is lining up for Gov. Sam Brownback.The federal government has extended the ...

Editorial: Art Legacy

Marilyn Stokstad is the gift that keeps on giving to Kansas University. Her distinguished career as an educator and art historian was an immeasurable contribution to KU, its students and the people of Kansas. Now she has made sure her legacy will continue by establishing an endowed directorship ...

Editorial: Season of giving

A listing in Tuesday’s Journal-World is just a reminder that it’s not too late to volunteer or donate to various efforts that will make the holidays a little brighter for local residents in need.Hundreds of families remain to be adopted through the Holiday Bureau operated by Ballard ...