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  • Columns |Manhattan High School | May 26, 2012

    Young MHS golf team heads to state tournament

    Golfteam

    They might be the youngest golf team at the state tournament on Monday, and they are taking their “mother,” with them. The Manhattan High boys’ golf team will boast a youthful lineup at the Class 6A state tournament in Garden City, bringing three freshmen, two

  • Columns | May 26, 2012

    ‘Austerity’ is an unpleasant but necessary word

    I think there is general agreement that European governments — as well as the U.S. government — should consider adopting austerity measures to cope with financial difficulties. The problem is simple: a government can spend more than it earns for only a limited time.  At

  • Columns | May 23, 2012

    Transforming state government

    Close observers of state politics have witnessed in the current legislative session a display of raw political power without parallel in recent memory as Gov. Sam Brownback has led his conservative coalition in wresting control of state policy from moderate Republicans and Democrats. This new

  • Columns | May 23, 2012

    Taking the battle to pirates

    Until this week, the international struggle against piracy in the seas off the Horn of Africa has involved mostly defensive efforts — warding off pirates who attempt to seize commercial vessels. That changed Tuesday when the European Union Naval Force attacked a pirate base in Somalia.

  • Columns | May 21, 2012

    Be quick but don’t hurry

    We’re not going to get too worked up because most Kansas legislators who represent this part of the state are accepting their pay and expenses during the 2012 Legislature’s overtime period. Though we’re disappointed that lawmakers as a group didn’t get the

  • Columns | May 21, 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

    Be quick but don’t hurry

    We’re not going to get too worked up because most Kansas legislators who represent this part of the state are accepting their pay and expenses during the 2012 Legislature’s overtime period. Though we’re disappointed that lawmakers as a group didn’t get the

  • 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


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