Editorials

Views from Kansas: ‘Send her back’ hits local nerve

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Oh, for the good old days, when crowds at Trump campaign events merely chanted calls for the imprisonment of a political adversary. “Send her back!” invokes the ...

Editorial: Local leaders are working to keep property taxes in check

Local elected leaders deserve some credit for how they have addressed property taxes this budget season. Lawrence city commissioners appear to be on track to hold the property tax rate steady in the upcoming 2020 budget. Douglas County commissioners have committed that they will limit a rate ...

Editorial: Lawrence school board should think twice before scrapping SRO program

At a joint meeting of Lawrence city commissioners and school board members last week, a debate broke out on whether there is value in local police officers serving as resource officers in the community’s public schools. At the same time that meeting was underway, construction crews were ...

Editorial: KU may have been more football-minded than high-minded in punishing Pooka

It is still early, but you already can start to hear the Rock Chalk chant rise for the football season now that star running back Pooka Williams has been reinstated to the team. If you remember, Williams had been suspended for seven months while a criminal case alleging that he grabbed the ...

Views from Kansas: Reflect on Dole’s example

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansans have plenty of cause to be proud of Bob Dole, the Republican stalwart who made his mark as an extraordinary public servant. The Russell native spent most of ...

Views from Kansas: Gut-check time for Kansas GOP

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. If history is any guide, Kansas’ U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Pat Roberts since 1997, and by Republicans for a century, should be the GOP’s to lose in ...

Views from Kansas: Disaster mitigation pays

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas has made smart infrastructure investments in disaster mitigation, saving the state well over a billion dollars, according to a study from The Pew Charitable ...

Views from Kansas: Don’t delay vaccinations

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas’ plan to add meningitis and hepatitis A to the list of required vaccinations for school-age children was met last week with passionate objection from a group ...

Editorial: City should scrap plan to raise commission pay, or think even bolder

As Lawrence city commissioners consider increasing their pay from $9,000 a year to $38,000 a year, here’s a statistic they may want to consider: The median earnings for a Lawrence resident with a full-time job is $42,700. What are we trying to say if we begin paying city commissioners ...

Views from Kansas: Reconsider prison book ban

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Department of Corrections has banned more than 7,000 books and publications from Kansas prisons. The list of banned publications has generated concern from ...

Views from Kansas: Moran defends Constitution

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran did the right thing again. He’s flying solo in that regard, as fellow Senate Republicans from Kansas and Missouri refuse to respond to Saudi ...

Editorial: County should be picky in setting its 2020 budget

Anybody who has ever tried to lose weight knows that sometimes the best option on the menu is none of the above. It may be healthy for Douglas County commissioners to be that type of picky eater as they create the county’s 2020 budget this summer. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky ...

Views from Kansas: Better approach to mental illness

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Our state has failed to provide enough funding to community mental health centers to truly meet the need for care. Individuals with the most severe, persistent mental ...

Views from Kansas: The way to do primary voting

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In next year’s presidential primary, Kansas Democrats will be test-driving a balloting process called ranked-choice voting that should increase turnout and be plain ...

Editorial: Brownback, Kansas lawmakers owe gun buyers an apology

Yes, a trigger finger can be dangerous, but so too can those voting fingers that state legislators use to push the ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ button at the Statehouse. A pair of Kansas gun owners are finding that out the hard way. The U.S. Supreme Court has ended any hope of Kansas residents ...

Editorial: USDA decision produces a win for science and Kansas City

There is nothing special about the science of Washington, D.C., a city that long ago put hot air at the top of the periodic table of elements. People should remember that as they fret over a pending move from Washington to Kansas City of two key research divisions of the U.S. Department of ...

Views from Kansas: State workers not the enemy

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt and the Kansas Employees Health Care Commission should be commended for their decision last week to reduce contributions ...