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  • Columns | March 20, 2012

    Non-monetary city support could help ATA

    There has been discussion in this paper and elsewhere regarding a request the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency made to the Manhattan City Commission concerning use of the public right-of-way. Certain inaccuracies have been asserted which need to be addressed. “The mission of the Flint

  • Columns | March 16, 2012

    Dust-up hardly inspires trust

    We don’t know whether Kansas State Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, lied to or tried to deceive Republican House members earlier this session. He says he didn’t, and at least 26 say he did. Given the tendency of so many legislators to spin

  • Columns | March 16, 2012

    Obama’s military cuts endanger armed forces

    If you haven’t noticed, given all the attention being paid to a potential war between the United States and Israel against Iran, the sleeping Chinese military giant has begun to awaken up and assert itself. No longer can observers dismiss it as a million-man

  • Columns | March 16, 2012

    The grain price news is mostly bad


    Another week gone by and about the only good news for farmers is that maybe this summer won’t be as hot and dry, now that the federal watchers are claiming that the effects of La Nina weather should be over by the end of

  • Columns | March 16, 2012

    With friends like Rep. O’Neal…

    Riley Countians once had reason to hope that House Speaker Mike O’Neal would help keep Riley County in the Second Congressional District. Among other motivations, such a move would ensure that the city he represents, Hutchinson, would retain its clout in the First District.

  • Columns | March 16, 2012

    Local and state governments are stripping our freedoms away

    To the Editor: Our freedom of choice and other freedoms we very dearly enjoyed are slowly being taken away by the ultra-left-wing socialistic, liberal progressive, communistic fascists.

  • Columns | March 15, 2012

    More climate fodder to debate

    It’s easy to dismiss warnings of climate-change-related havoc such as the trio of reports issued this week about the threat rising sea levels pose in the coming years. It certainly was easy for Myron Ebell, a global warming skeptic at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

  • Columns | March 14, 2012

    Be ready for storm season

    With any luck, we won’t have much in the way of severe weather this spring. But we ought to know better than to count on luck. The fact that we are enjoying 80-plus degree days in mid-March — officially, it’s still winter — ought to

  • Columns | March 13, 2012

    A tragic jolt to U.S.-Afghan ties

    It’s easy, against the backdrop of the actions of a U.S. Army sergeant Sunday, to wonder how much stress the U.S.-Afghan relationship can take. It’s easy to wonder how much more difficult the U.S. mission there is now. 

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Funding, details hurt fixed-route bus plan

    This letter is to clear the confusion created by Jayme Morris-Hardeman’s letter Sunday regarding signage for a fixed-route bus system. Ms. Hardeman stated that the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency has obtained funding from KDOT and local funding partners that do not include the

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