Editorials

Views from Kansas: Enrollment woes at K-State

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. More sobering indications from campus: Enrollment is down again. Official numbers won’t be available for a little while, but the university provost told the ...

Views from Kansas: Kris Kobach’s unsettling run

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A bombshell poll and an explosive declaration detonated last week in the middle of the Republican race to succeed U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas next year. A newly ...

Views from Kansas: How to grow professionals

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Unemployment in Kansas stands at 3.3%, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. But before you jump for joy, take note that Kansas is on a long-term trend of ...

Views from Kansas: Action needed on earthquakes

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Folks in the Hutchinson region recently experienced unsettling jolts in a series of earthquakes, the worst of which was a magnitude 4.2. With an epicenter about three ...

Views from Kansas: Perspective on online taxes

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Overall, it makes abundant sense for Kansas to collect sales tax paid on internet purchases. The Supreme Court has paved the way for such a move, and it just makes ...

Views from Kansas: Fight the vaping epidemic

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Joe Camel died over 20 years ago, but the tobacco mascot’s child-enticing spirit has hauntingly returned in the form of vaping — the growing use of ...

Editorial: City commissioners need to watch the public’s money better

Maybe money doesn’t make the world go around, but it sure ought to make some mouths move more at Lawrence City Hall. It is becoming clear that Lawrence city commissioners don’t spend enough time monitoring and publicly discussing the city’s finances. Properly monitoring and managing the ...

Views from Kansas: Pay wrongfully convicted man

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. For Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, approving the compensation Lamonte McIntyre is owed should not be a tough call. After all, the 42-year-old Kansas City, ...

Editorial: With jokes like this, farmers may rethink Trump

Sonny Perdue is the U.S. secretary of Agriculture, which makes him a full-time Trump toady. But come to find out, he’s also a part-time comedian. Perhaps you haven’t heard about his latest gig. According to national reports, Perdue earlier this month was the speaker at a Farmfest event in ...

Editorial: How far should Douglas County go to protect agriculture land?

Douglas County is blessed in many ways, and one of them, currently, is that it is predisposed to growth. We should be thankful the things that keep Douglas County leaders awake at night are different than the nightmares in most Kansas counties. Here, we fret over downtown Lawrence not having ...

Editorial: Lack of search for new county leader shortchanges us all

As evidenced by their support for mental health care and social services in general, Douglas County commissioners certainly are kindhearted. But they aren’t always business-minded. That was highlighted in their regrettable decision to seemingly forgo a search process to find the next county ...

Editorial: A proposal to improve the Lawrence Community Shelter

More bad news at the Lawrence Community Shelter shouldn’t lead to yet another discussion about how much more money local governments should give to the shelter. It should lead to a more in-depth discussion about what local governments can do beyond money to help the shelter, which provides a ...

Editorial: Lawrence’s big gamble that could increase the price of every home

For heaven’s sake, think about the home-grown tomatoes. When Lawrence city commissioners met last Tuesday to consider a unique affordable housing project, they were met with a variant of that argument. Commissioners were being asked to approve a zoning category that would allow for homes to ...

Views from Kansas: Kudos to Dems on voting changes

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Democrats in deep-red Kansas face lofty challenges at the polls but remain determined to make inroads. They were re-energized by the recent elections of Gov. Laura ...