Editorials

Editorial: On the bus

The Lawrence Community Shelter may have moved out of downtown, but one place where it continues to dwell is on the Lawrence City Commission’s agenda.Scheduled Tuesday is discussion of a transportation issue related to clients who now reside at the new facility at 3701 Franklin Park Circle on ...

Editorial: More guns

A new state law aimed at allowing people to legally carry concealed guns into public buildings has local government officials across the state scrambling.The law goes into effect in less than a month, on July 1, but municipalities can exempt themselves from the law until Jan. 1, 2014 by sending ...

Editorial: City protest

Comes now House Bill 2033, taking effect July 1 and which, according to the legislative summary, “prohibits municipalities from regulating the transportation, possession, carrying, sales, transfers, purchases, gifting, licensing, registration, or uses of a knife or knife-making components. In ...

Editorial: Kansas candor

Bob Dole hasn’t lost his Kansas candor.And when the former U.S. senator, who is approaching his 90th birthday, speaks out, he still makes news.In an interview that aired Sunday on “Fox News Sunday,” Dole displayed his well-known ability to cut to the heart of political matters. His voice ...

Editorial: No magic answer

Forcing a troublesome nightclub to close seems an obvious way to eliminate all the disruptions and violence associated with that club. But does that action solve the problem or simply move it somewhere else? At least one city commissioner recently supported revoking the liquor license for Club ...

Editorial: Storm warnings

The horrible EF5 tornado that virtually erased homes and schools from the face of the Earth in Moore, Okla., has blown open the doors for discussion of school and public storm protection in Lawrence.Lawrence and Douglas County have no storm shelters that are open to the public on a regular ...

Editorial: Too good?

The public is awash in numbers related to the Rock Chalk Park deal, so perhaps it’s time to step back and isolate the various components.First, there’s the city part. Its ostensible value, according to the original project cost estimates, was $31 million, for land, construction of ...

Editorial: Time to remember

Do we need some memorial for Memorial Day?The meaning of the holiday may be getting lost in the rush of barbecue, boating and general kicking back on what’s become an extended weekend that now seems more oriented toward welcoming summer than honoring those who have given their lives in the ...

Editorial: Development shift?

Now that the Rock Chalk Park deal is under way, it is likely City Hall officials and city commissioners will shift gears on their policies relative to encouraging and accepting proposals for new retail development.Recent city commissioners and City Hall personnel have made it extremely ...

Editorial: Guns, speech

Various loopholes may limit the impact of a bill that bans the use of state funds to promote or oppose gun-control measures, but the measure reflects a disregard for free speech that should concern Kansas residents.The bill, which is on its way to the governor after winning approval Tuesday in ...

Editorial: Judicial joust

The good news is that it’s unlikely the Kansas Legislature will take further action during its current session to alter the powers or selection process for the Kansas Supreme Court.However, three bills introduced by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee last week almost guarantee a ...

Editorial: Hometown pride

Congratulations to Lawrence High School graduate Sri Srinivasan, whose nomination for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday unanimously sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed to the full Senate.Srinivasan is a valedictorian of ...

Editorial: Police needs

With the ever-contentious Rock Chalk Park recreation center project now past the bidding stage, perhaps next up for serious attention from the Lawrence City Commission will be the proposal for a new police department facility.Although it’s been overshadowed by the recreation center ...

Editorial: Poor process

If there ever was a perfect example of talking out of both sides of your mouth, City Hall officials and some city commissioners have provided it to city taxpayers.Several city commissioners and the city manager, apparently with the full approval of Kansas University Endowment Association ...

Editorial: Bidding debacle

The question that City Commissioner Mike Amyx raised after bids for the city’s new recreation center were opened on Wednesday should be of concern to all Lawrence taxpayers: “I think the question is out there, though, how much less would we have paid if we bid it all?”In a surprising ...

Editorial: Gun law costly

Is Lawrence going to be like Dodge City in the days of the O.K. Corral, or are our city’s public building entrances possibly going to resemble the screening areas for airline boarding?Those appear to be the options facing local governments as they consider alternatives for complying with ...

Editorial: Court case

Like volleys back and forth across the net, the issue of lighted tennis courts is being served up again for the Lawrence City Commission.The Lawrence Tennis Association is urging commissioners to rethink a previous decision and consider lighting eight courts at the tennis center near Lawrence ...

Editorial: Assault action

Last week’s Pentagon report on sexual assaults in the military will be difficult to ignore.Americans may have been aware that this was a growing problem in the U.S. military, but few probably would have guessed the extent of the epidemic the Pentagon described.Despite various efforts to try ...

Editorial: Discuss designation

East Lawrence property owners recently received a notice from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department informing them a public meeting is scheduled for Thursday to consider the nomination of nine properties to the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.Perhaps each of these sites and the ...

Editorial: Shirking state

Some recent state spending decisions raise real questions about the legitimate role of government.When Gov. Sam Brownback spearheaded the move to eliminate funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, he contended that promoting the arts across Kansas was not a legitimate use of taxpayer money.Can ...