Editorials

Editorial: As we return to school, it is time for leaders to share more information

When dealing with the pandemic and a return to school, it is easy to say we want to be as safe as we can be. It is much harder to actually mean it. Being as safe as we possibly can be would mean not returning to in-person classes until a vaccine is developed and administered. Very few people ...

Editorial: Get informed, get a ballot and make Douglas County better by voting

It is duty day. Some people call it Election Day, but during these times, that seems like an inadequate descriptor. It is not hyperbole to state that every eligible American citizen has a duty to vote. We all rely greatly on government, whether we love it or not. The current pandemic has ...

Views from Kansas: Federal forces playing with fire

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Sending federal law enforcement officers into American cities is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine that a ...

Editorial: Conversations we should be having about the pandemic

The pandemic is working on dominating every part of our lives, yet somehow the country has still managed to avoid several conversations we should be having about it. Here are a few: — The role of federalism. We may never have this one on a great scale because it sounds too much like ...

Views from Kansas: Messy questions around Watkins

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Questions have followed U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins from the campaign trail to Washington, D.C. We don’t have the time or inclination to wade through all of the ...

Editorial: It is time for KU to own its Fritzel mistakes

University of Kansas leaders have a lot on their plates right now. Figuring out how to safely reopen the Lawrence campus is one of the most important issues currently facing our community, and it is one of the toughest tasks those leaders likely will ever face professionally. But it is not ...

Editorial: Let’s be creative in spending Douglas County’s federal pandemic funds

It has been said that orange construction cones are a sign of progress. If so, downtown Lawrence is going through a lot of progress right now. If you haven’t been to downtown for a couple of weeks, you likely haven’t seen Massachusetts Street lined with the cones. It is one of the end ...

Views from Kansas: Chamber PAC’s poor choices

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This week begins a monthlong blitz of television ads, radio spots, postcards and digital posts designed to sway your vote, and many of those ads will be funded ...

Editorial: Mask wearing and America’s terrible birthday party

Hopefully you haven’t become confused and placed your political yard sign on your face and your face mask in your yard. It seems to be an easy mistake to make these days. Come to find out, they really aren’t the same thing. Even people who like the president are stating plainly that ...

Editorial: Let’s spend more money on virus testing in Douglas County

There are a lot of mixed messages nationally on the subject of COVID-19 testing. On one hand, you have the country’s “testing czar” and other top health officials telling Congress last week that testing is the key to battling the disease and that we need to test as many people as ...

Views from Kansas: Make a holiday of Election Day

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Coaches at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University have signed statements declaring Election Day a mandatory day off for athletes, ensuring no practice or ...

Editorial: A great victory for gay rights and a possible path forward

Lawrence got confirmation last week that it has been living on the right side of history — again. The U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision ruled that people can’t face discrimination based on their sexual orientation. It did so 25 years after Lawrence city leaders already had made that ...

Views from Kansas: WSU was right on Ivanka talk

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What to make of the imbroglio around Wichita State University president Jay Golden? To recap, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump was briefly invited to deliver a ...

Views from Kansas: Senators trash Constitution

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Republicans in the Kansas Senate have managed to squeeze a number of bad decisions into a short special session. Recently, they even denied a judgeship to a respected ...

Editorial: The City of Lawrence can take steps right now to ease racial tensions

As everything from protests to riots coursed through the nation’s streets, U.S. mayors have uttered words that should be remembered. “We are asking for peace, not patience,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, paraphrasing a similar call from her colleague in St. Paul, Minn. ...

Editorial: Do we really want to live in a world where Twitter is the fact checker?

It has been clear for awhile now that Twitter executives prefer communicating in short bursts of 280 characters. Evidently, they keep their deep thinking within those parameters too. Twitter last week took an action against the president and some of his tweets, apparently in an effort to show ...

Editorial: Believing in the future is the best graduation gift any of us can give

If ever there was a year that we would have good vision, you would think it would be 2020. But this year already has proven that when it comes to seeing the future, we have anything but 20/20 vision. The Class of 2020 has been affected by this fact of the human condition more than any other ...

Editorial: Divisiveness is an overlooked symptom of this virus we are fighting

We all are becoming familiar with the list of symptoms associated with the COVID-19 disease. There’s the fever, the loss of smell and taste, the cough, the loss of energy, the feeling that an anvil is sitting upon your chest and several more. One that hasn’t gotten as much attention: a ...