Editorials

Editorial: Baby killers, blood on your hands, and other political ploys

For awhile it looked like we would need crime scene tape at the Statehouse. After all, there was all this talk of baby murderers and blood on people’s hands. Come to find out, though, there was no need for a 911 call. It was just an outbreak of politics. First was a confirmation hearing for ...

Editorial: Let’s start the process of finding the right city manager

We already know that Lawrence fans of KU basketball won’t spend April 7 preparing for a watch party of the NCAA National Championship game, which takes place the next day. So, they might as well spend part of the day at a less festive but more important event. The city will be hosting a ...

Views from Kansas: State needs to help K-State

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas State University is making reasonably intelligent moves to try to attract more students. It’s far past time for the state of Kansas step up to help. The ...

Views from Kansas: Senate, step up on Medicaid

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. More than 150,000 Kansans who need access to affordable quality health care are closer than ever to seeing that become a reality. On March 21, after some dubious ...

Editorial: Think more broadly about affordable housing

If you ever wonder how unique Lawrence is, consider this: We trust government so much that we willingly gave it millions of dollars before government even had a plan to spend it. There aren’t many communities in America that would do that. But Lawrence did so when voters approved the .05 ...

Editorial: Downtown shouldn’t become Lawrence’s next gated community

Downtown Lawrence felt a bit like a gated community run by a co-op board last week. You know the type, or maybe have driven by them in Johnson County. They are places where you have to appreciate a certain set of sensibilities, if you hope to fit in. When the city’s Historic Resources ...

Views from Kansas: Sneaky plan for vouchers

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Legislature is considering a new school finance bill that’s deeply problematic for several reasons, including this: It would establish a private school ...

Editorial: Social media seemingly is a friend to terrorism

In America today, a teenager still has some difficulty gaining admittance to an R-rated movie in a theater. In the same America, that same teenager has little difficulty watching a real life mass killing of people on Facebook or YouTube. No one ever said the Information Revolution was going ...

Editorial: Paying college athletes creates a host of problems

If you want to watch the best basketball in the world, watch the NBA. If you want to watch the most passionate basketball in the world, watch a college basketball game. Passionate basketball — as evidenced by today’s Selection Sunday hoopla — is the brand for the NCAA and all its ...

Editorial: At least one Kansas senator stood up to Trump, stood up for Congress

At least one wall has been built. Twelve Republican senators — including, most notably to us, Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas — have built a wall between themselves and President Trump’s threats and rhetoric. The 12 Republican senators made a vote against the president’s wishes when they ...

Editorial: City and county need to work on working together

The city of Lawrence and Douglas County have a lot of issues to work on. Being in the same room together appears to be one of them. For those who have paid attention, it has been evident there has been a significant amount of disharmony between city and county leaders in recent years. It has ...

Views from Kansas: Give rural Zones program a shot

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. One program that actually has helped hold some people and bind them to rural Kansas has been the Rural Opportunity Zones plan adopted by the state a few years ago and ...

Editorial: Change in leadership is chance to rethink what Haskell can be

Haskell Indian Nations University still has the ability to stand out as unique. Whether it is the beautiful Haskell arch, the historic but worn Haskell Stadium, or maybe even just its brightly colored dormitories, it still has the ability to cause a visitor traveling by it to ask: What is that ...

Editorial: Trump’s national emergency exposing Congress as a constitutional sham

It is not often that you wish a group of politicians would become more power hungry. But the country would be better off if that sentiment took hold in the U.S. Congress. The debate over whether President Trump should be allowed to divert funds to address a “national emergency” related to ...

Editorial: Sidewalk policy is sensible

Some northwest Lawrence residents soon may be forced to pay for sidewalk repairs on their properties. At least, that is what the letters from City Hall say. City Hall officials probably should soon expect letters (or, more likely, Facebook posts) from residents arguing how the city ought to ...

Views from Kansas: Shady characters in the Statehouse

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Know who shouldn’t write bills in the Kansas Legislature? Small-minded fanatics. Now that the disturbing origin of several anti-gay, anti-porn bills introduced in ...

Editorial: Thankful for Kevin Willmott

Lawrence resident Kevin Willmott didn’t get to give his Oscar speech. He likely doesn’t mind. On Sunday, he won a coveted Oscar, but missed out on the speech because his fellow award winner Spike Lee took all the allotted speech time. Too bad for us, as Lawrence likely would have gotten ...

Views from Kansas: Junk argument, junk insurance

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Republicans are pushing a junk argument for junk health insurance Insurance that doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions, mental illness, maternity care, ...

Editorial: Why not make voting easier?

It’s disappointing that Republicans have killed a bill that would allow voter registration on election day in Kansas. On Thursday, the House Elections Committee voted 7-5 to reject the bill. The vote was mostly along party lines, with committee Democrats voting for and Republicans against ...

Editorial: Being proactive about guns

Lawrence soon will learn how good it is at being proactive. Superintendent Anthony Lewis has called for a community forum at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Lawrence High School in response to multiple incidents involving students bringing guns to school. There are various ways that meeting could ...