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  • Columns | May 17, 2012

    Protect mental health funding

    May is National Mental Health Month. Pawnee Mental Health Services Pawnee celebrated its 55th Anniversary last November, and Kansas celebrated its 20th anniversary of mental health reform. Mental health reform deinstitutionalized individuals with mental illness by moving them out of state psychiatric hospitals and back

  • Columns | May 17, 2012

    2 percent isn’t too much to ask

    We wish that Mr. Felber had contacted us for his story Sunday, “SOS plan would boost funds 33 percent,”  on the social services funding petition. If he had, we would have gladly provided information and details that would have prevented the fact errors made. Our

  • Columns | May 17, 2012

    Keeping KPERS strong

    The compromise that Kansas Senate and House negotiators reached Tuesday on pensions for public employees might not sail through the two chambers, but it constitutes progress. Among provisions is the establishment of a new plan for new employees as of 2014 that differs from the traditional

  • Columns | May 16, 2012

    Summer isn’t sleepy here

    Manhattan no longer goes dormant when Kansas State University’s academic year comes to an end, but it doesn’t take long after graduation to realize that the pace in our city has slowed. In one of the unofficial beginnings of summer, the exodus of

  • Columns | May 16, 2012

    Downtown parking

    Could be our imagination, but city staff members seem to hope rather than know there will be enough parking for all of the existing and approved structures downtown. That isn’t reassuring. However, Mayor Loren Pepperd’s concerns about adequate parking are reassuring, as are

  • Columns | May 15, 2012

    Russians aren’t going to attack

    From newspapers May 3 and 4, one might have gotten the impression that the chief of Russia’s General Staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, said that if NATO stations our air defense missiles in Poland and Bulgaria to protect from an attack by Iran, Russia would attack those

  • Columns | May 15, 2012

    Happy Mother’s Day

    We know women who are enjoying their first Mother’s Day, and we know women who have enjoyed Mother’s Day long enough for their children to become adults. We also know women who have daughters — and even granddaughters — who have reason to enjoy Mother’

  • Columns | May 15, 2012

    Beltway politics stain Kansas

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of reckless is “marked by lack of proper caution: careless of consequences.” Synonyms include irresponsible, kamikaze and foolhardy. It’s now official: Reckless is among the many ways to de-scribe the actions of politicians at this year’s

  • Columns | May 15, 2012

    Will we let obesity kill us?

    It wasn’t so long ago that Type 2 diabetes was called “adult onset” diabetes for the simple reason that it almost always showed up in adults. Sadly, that’s no longer the case. And just as Americans — including parents, the food industry and lawmakers –— are

  • Columns | May 14, 2012

    Congratulations, graduates!

    This is one of the most joyous weekends of the entire year. It’s graduation time at Kansas State University, and not reports indicating that graduates will enter a difficult job market can spoil the occasion. This is not a weekend to worry. It’s

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