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  • Columns | June 12, 2012

    School funding battle resumes

    We’ll let the judges who are hearing the most recent legal challenge over school funding levels decide whether the Legislature is making “suitable provision” for students’ education. Our sense is that if schools had a winning case the first go-round, when both a Shawnee

  • Columns | June 12, 2012

    A distinguished career closes

    Paul Miller hasn’t been a Riley County District Court judge forever, though it might seem that way for residents who moved here in the last 30 years. As a story in Sunday’s Mercury observed, Judge Miller, who’s been chief judge of the 21st

  • Columns | June 12, 2012

    Well done, Mr. Frost

    Just as Judge Paul Miller has witnessed changes in society, so Bill Frost, who retired last week as Manhattan’s city attorney, has watched — and helped shape — the city’s growth for the last 35 years. Both the city’s population, which just a couple of

  • Columns | June 11, 2012

    On NTAs, don’t count on luck

    A recent caller wanted to know why it was that minor in consumption citations issued to certain area juveniles had not been published in the newspaper. Were we showing favoritism to these particular students because they had some prominence through their involvement in high school

  • Columns | June 11, 2012

    Thanks, Mr. Neinas

    It might be an exaggeration to say that Chuck Neinas saved the Big 12 Conference, but it’s hard to imagine what the conference would be like without his recent involvement. He took over as interim commissioner last September after Dan Beebe was fired — at a

  • Columns | June 11, 2012

    What the early wheat harvest will mean

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    This year could be shaping up to be one of those during which we had better be grateful for what we have left, for what we did obtain, for strengths gained through trials. A speeded up early spring and early flowers and vegetables, but of

  • Columns | June 11, 2012

    U.S. politics can mystify foreigners

    Figuring out America’s presidential election campaign, sometimes challenging for U.S. citizens, is more difficult for foreigners. Embassies in Washington spend considerable time and effort trying to figure out what the United States “really” thinks or intends to do on a given policy. This

  • Columns | June 04, 2012

    Kansans have reason to worry

    The 2012 Legislature gave Kansans plenty of cause for handwringing, particularly with its inability to deliver election maps, a task handed off to federal judges, and passage of the Kansas Tax Act, which many fear will bankrupt the state. While there’s been plenty of policy

  • Columns | June 04, 2012

    Dragon makes quite a splash

    Even opponents of America’s use of commercial space flight ought to acknowledge that the nine-day mission of the SpaceX Dragon to the International Space Station was an unmitigated success. If it can be duplicated — and become routine — it just might allow NASA to focus

  • Columns | June 01, 2012

    Dragon makes quite a splash

    Even opponents of America’s use of commercial space flight ought to acknowledge that the nine-day mission of the SpaceX Dragon to the International Space Station was an unmitigated success. If it can be duplicated — and become routine — it just might allow NASA to focus


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