Editorials

Views from Kansas: Pass medical marijuana law

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas is set to begin an important discussion about the use of marijuana for pain relief and other medical issues. Four House members have introduced the “Veterans ...

Views from Kansas: GOP bucking voters’ desires

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Last week, a majority of Republicans in the Kansas Senate ignored the will of their constituents by giving $190 million in tax relief for wealthy individuals and ...

Editorial: Good strategy for shelter

The City of Lawrence and the Douglas County Commission are right to support and fund the development of a strategic plan for the Lawrence Community Shelter. The shelter faces a $246,000 funding gap for 2019, is seeking its fifth executive director in four years and recently suffered a bedbug ...

Views from Kansas: Make sports gambling legal

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Chiefs weren’t in the Super Bowl. That’s OK. There’s always next year. Hundreds of thousands of Kansas Citians watched the game on Sunday anyway. And ...

Editorial: Unnecessary risk on taxes

Republican legislators are playing a dangerous game with state tax funding given some of the crises the state faces. Last week, lawmakers advanced out of committee a tax relief bill designed to prevent the state from collecting new tax revenue because of changes in federal tax law that ...

Views from Kansas: Will Roberts show courage?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin hasn’t served in elective office since 1987, but the one-time dairy farmer who’s now a visiting professor at Kansas State’s Staley ...

Views from Kansas: More inclusive Kansas is better

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas has much to gain by being more inclusive. The state always should encourage the best and brightest workers to make Kansas their home, regardless of gender and ...

Editorial: We should stop the stupidity

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia did something smart on Monday — he introduced legislation to stop stupidity. To be clear, Warner’s bill has no chance. It is unlikely to come up for a Senate vote, much less to be voted into law. But it’s worth discussing because it makes so much ...

Editorial: No surprise on jail expansion

Douglas County commissioners are well within their right to pursue an expansion of the county jail without again asking the public’s permission. That’s how representative democracy works; voters elect officials to make decisions, and if they botch that decision-making, they can be held ...

Views from Kansas: State stumbled on IT decisions

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The fallout of irresponsible actions in state government lingers. While the financial undermining of roads, public education, social services, law enforcement and ...

Views from Kansas: Kelly’s first test: Medicaid

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly last week devoted as much attention to Medicaid expansion as any other issue. “I’ve made no secret that expanding this program is one of ...

Editorial: Stick with budget plan

Before they push hard for tax cuts, Republican legislators would be wise to remember the mistakes that cost the party the governor’s office. Last week, newly inaugurated Gov. Laura Kelly outlined her proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Kelly pushed for increased public education ...

Editorial: A missed opportunity

It’s not the end of the world that Lawrence didn’t seize the chance to purchase wind energy credits at a discounted rate for the next 20 years. But it is a missed opportunity Last July, Westar offered some of its large-demand customers, including Lawrence, the chance to purchase wind ...

Editorial: Kelly strikes hopeful tone

Gov. Laura Kelly’s inaugural address presented a hopeful bipartisan message that stands in stark contrast to the ongoing partisan stalemate in Washington, D.C. As the longest federal government shutdown in history stretched on as President Trump has stopped negotiating with Democrats since ...

Editorial: Good priorities, uphill battle

It’s hard to argue with the priorities shared with and by Lawrence’s legislative delegation heading into the 2019 session. It’s also fair to wonder how achievable those priorities are, especially the ones that require increased spending. The issues were identified during the Legislative ...

Views from Kansas: Rigid pledges are pointless

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Politicians hoping to win over voters make promises on the campaign trail. Some go even further by signing pledges pursued by special-interest groups determined to ...

Views from Kansas: Kelly takes steps to help kids

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This is why voters elected incoming Gov. Laura Kelly: because we need to do so much better for Kansas children, because we badly need transparency in state government ...

Editorial: The president’s wall nonsense

With illegal immigration at its lowest level in a decade, it’s nothing short of stunning that the federal government is shut down over funding for a border wall. Yet here we are, entering a third week of the shutdown because President Donald Trump has inexplicably chosen to dig his heels in ...

Views from Kansas: Trump’s policies hurt immigrants

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The 1975 fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam War, but danger remained for many natives of the war-torn land. People in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) who were ...

Editorial: Hope for 2019

As the sun sets on 2018, it’s an ideal time to look ahead and hope for a few things in the new year. First, here’s hoping the federal government will reopen soon and that our leaders in Washington resolve to make federal government shutdowns a thing of the past. While politicians — with ...