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  • GOP wants to pack the courts

    In 2012. Gov. Sam Brownback badgered Tim Owens, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with a clear message: “Let us change the way we select judges so we can get judges who will vote the way we want them to.” In .

  • Fully fund ag, food research

    As they go about helping farmers maintain a consistent, reasonably priced food supply, America’s agricultural scientists may soon receive a sign of our country’s confidence in their work. For the first time since Congress created the Agriculture and .

  • Schools vital to local economies

    The Kansas Legislature has struggled to balance the state budget in recent years, and some legislators have asserted that the issue is a spending problem. Those who subscribe to this belief feel that education funding is the primary culprit for .

  • Stage set for UK referendum on EU membership

    Britain faces an important decision June 23 — a referendum on whether to remain a part of the European Union. However the vote goes, Europe will never be the same; neither, for that matter, will the United Kingdom or the United States. .

  • A community link to the RCPD

    You may not be aware that our local law enforcement agency, the Riley County Police Department, has an advisory board comprised completely of civilian members of our community. I lived in Manhattan for five years before I knew, and now .

  • Welfare reform works for Kansas

    Last week, a socialist candidate for president took great exception to the success of our welfare-to-work programs, saying that we are “beating up on the poor.” Bernie Sanders wants to revive the same bloated government programs that so dramatically failed .

  • China’s militarization bolsters its foreign policy

    In addition to defending the state, another primary purpose of a strong military is to back up a country’s foreign policy. A country should not send troops in to achieve every foreign policy goal. Yet every government wants to .

  • A pattern Kansas should break

    The Kansas Legislature in 2015 passed a bill to allow the state to borrow $1 billion to reduce the unfunded liability of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, KPERS. The funds would pay down the state’s obligation, which was created over .

  • Student achievement in crisis

    There are those who believe Kansas has a school funding crisis — even though spending exceeds $13,000 per student and continues to set records — but low student achievement is the real crisis. It’s a shame that so much attention is paid .

  • Common Core must be evil…

    House bill 2676 is expected to come before the Kansas House this week for debate. If it passes, it will do away with anything related or aligned to Common Core standards. What does that really mean? Any current textbooks or pur-chased .

  • Meeting can begin to close centuries-old rift

    My father used to say that if one lives long enough, one will see changes considered impossible earlier in life. Such a thing happened on Feb. 12, when Pope Francis met with Russian Patriarch Kirill at Jose Marti Airport in Havana, .

  • As Germany goes, so goes the rest of Europe

    Germany has always been one of the most important and influential countries in Europe — for good or bad. Along with France, it occupies a key position in the European Community.  When the German economy improves and the country is .


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