Editorials

Views from Kansas: Don’t use the loophole

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration says it has found a way to provide extended food assistance to adults who can’t meet the state’s work ...

Editorial: Both sides need to give a little in sidewalk debate

It has been predictable — and somewhat understandable — that Lawrence City Hall has received a mass of complaints about its new sidewalk repair program. After all, no one likes an unexpected expense, and they certainly don’t like being told they must pay it. But city leaders should ...

Views from Kansas: Regents, return to open searches

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A committee appointed to help select Wichita State University’s next president says it wants public opinion and input. But a four-question online survey and a ...

Views from Kansas: Susan Wagle’s horrible decision

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle’s decision to remove reporters from the Senate chamber last Wednesday was unconstitutional and unnecessary. She should apologize ...

Views from Kansas: Who argues for hungry kids?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. John Whitmer, a former state representative from Wichita, began a recent Facebook post: “I don’t mean to be cold-hearted, but. . .” What followed was a scathing ...

Editorial: The blindness of Robert Mueller

They say justice is blind. So too, it seems, is Robert Mueller III. The former special counsel is a good man with many good attributes. Honesty, integrity and seriousness of purpose are among them. But Mueller seems blind to what the country needs right now. It needs clarity. Mueller, it ...

Opinion: America is at war in cyberspace

Washington — One of the least-discussed but perhaps most consequential comments by special counsel Robert Mueller in his appearance before reporters this week was his blunt counterintelligence assessment: “Russian intelligence officers, who are part of the Russian military, launched a ...

Views from Kansas: Moran, Roberts need to say ‘no’

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are probably the most likable guys in the U.S. Senate. They understand the issues facing Kansas, plead for agricultural interests and, ...

Editorial: Time to face facts at Lawrence’s homeless shelter

Nationally, you hear about institutions that are “too big to fail.” Lawrence, though, isn’t really a “too big to fail” town. Instead, it is often a “too kind to fail” community. For evidence, look to two recent votes. Voters in 2017 approved a new sales tax for affordable ...

Views from Kansas: College not just for privileged

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas’ three major universities embrace the same mission as other outstanding higher-education centers nationwide. The Kansas-based institutions of learning are ...

Views from Kansas: Kansans should pay fair share

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Professional sports teams play an integral role in our region’s economy. Thousands of local sports fans from both Kansas and Missouri cheer on the Chiefs and the ...

Editorial: City residents deserve a better deal when it comes to sales taxes

Lawrence taxpayers may want to negotiate a better bargain with City Hall. As it stands now, the deal taxpayers have is when the city is flush with cash they get no break in taxes. When the city is tight on cash, they get an increase in taxes or fees or a reduction in services — or sometimes ...

Editorial: A thank you to KU graduates and their families

Congratulations to this year’s graduates of the University of Kansas. Hopefully the graduates found Lawrence to be a welcoming community that helped them learn and grow in ways that go beyond classroom work. Creating such an environment is one of the more important tasks we have as a ...

Views from Kansas: Bad law shown for what it is

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In 2013, Kansas legislators voted to give then-Gov. Sam Brownback sole authority to appoint judges to the Court of Appeals, pending Senate approval. That came back to ...

Editorial: Haskell graduation should remind us we can do more for the university

Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of Haskell Indian Nations University. This time of year is special in Lawrence as so many people take that next step in their lives and careers. It also is a great time to hear some stories. Rare is it for a college graduate to not have at least one good ...

Editorial: How much change can downtown handle?

Lawrence city commissioners largely followed the public’s lead in rejecting plans on Tuesday for a large apartment/retail building at 11th and Massachusetts streets. There are worse things for politicians to do than listen to the public. Hopefully, though, commissioners understand their ...

Views from Kansas: Docking debacle

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Docking State Office Building poses challenges for the Kansas state government. It’s largely empty and neglected. It would cost many millions to repair. But as ...

Editorial: Mueller should speak his mind to Congress

Of course Robert Mueller should testify before Congress. Whether the special counsel’s testimony will be particularly illuminating, though, is far from certain. While Mueller may be special in many ways, communication does not seem to be one of those ways. In his defense, communicating in ...