Editorials

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 ...

Editorial: A thank you to those who put on the Douglas County Fair

Congratulations to all involved in hosting another successful Douglas County Fair. The festivities at the fairgrounds near 19th and Harper streets concluded on Saturday. The more than weeklong event featured hundreds of 4-H members showing their summer projects, and probably included more ...

Views from Kansas: Tolerance in foster homes

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Department for Children and Families’ recent suggested guidance about how child placement agencies handle LGBTQ youths in their care strikes us as good ...

Editorial: When basketball trumps everything

In the world of ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, college success is largely about how wicked your crossover dribble is or how great your shooting stroke from behind the 3-point arc. For many of the rest of us who don’t sit on the sidelines for a living, our list of college success ...