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  • Columns | May 14, 2012

    Kobach’s phony deadline

    In the past decade, fewer than 10 cases of election fraud involving attempts by noncitizens to vote have been reported in Kansas.  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, perhaps best known for writing Arizona’s punitive anti-illegal immigration law, said his office last year turned

  • Columns |Area Schools | May 13, 2012

    More forensics to celebrate

    It isn’t often that we have the pleasure on consecutive days to recognize state champions from local high schools. So it is today that we congratulate members of the Rock Creek High School forensics team. They were winning the 3A state championship in Wichita

  • Columns | May 12, 2012

    Congratulations, champions!

    Manhattan High School forensics coach Shawn Rafferty this morning called his 2012 team a “great group of kids who, led by talented and committed seniors, really wanted to do well this year.” At the 6A state forensics tournament over the weekend, they were outstanding, winning the

  • Columns | May 12, 2012

    What about schools, governor?

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to radically change longstanding policies regarding income taxes and public education funding are facing increasing scrutiny and criticism. The most recent challenge comes from the Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, a group of former legislators and party leaders. They are

  • Columns | May 12, 2012

    Tax cuts are great, but…

    About the best we can say about the tax compromise Kansas legislators agreed to last week is that it isn’t as risky as it might have been. Not that there isn’t something in the compromise to like; after all, everybody likes tax cuts.

  • Columns | May 12, 2012

    Russia, China hold naval collaboration

    In mid-April, Russia and China embarked on an experiment: a joint naval exercise in Chinese waters. To some in the West, such undertakings are worrisome: perhaps they pre-sage closer ties between the Russian and Chinese navies. I have taken part in Russian-U.S. naval exchanges

  • Columns | May 11, 2012

    Brownback is a true believer

    The third-floor scene in the Capitol was truly touching. Quietly, as privately as possible, Gov. Sam Brownback clasped hands in prayer with Don Wistuba, the long-time operator of the statehouse snack shop. It was Don’s birthday, and the gesture was profound. Sam Brownback is

  • Columns | May 11, 2012

    A partial picture of bin Laden

    One day, perhaps, the United States will make public all of Osama bin Laden’s correspondence in order to show a fuller picture of the al-Qaida leader instead of the limited one available now. Not that what the 17 documents made public this week isn’t

  • Columns | May 09, 2012

    Round and round they go

    We took state Sen. Roger Reitz to task in February for supporting a congressional redistricting proposal that would have shifted Manhattan into the 1st District. He was convinced that Kansas would be best served if lawmakers resolved their redistricting conflicts and moved on to other

  • Columns | May 08, 2012

    Discontent on display

    Workers and union members marching on May Day is hardly a new phenomenon. Particularly overseas, parades and demonstrations celebrating workers have been occurring for decades. Some years the various rallies seem like isolated events; some years the workers’ complaints are more legitimate than others. News

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