Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | May 02, 2016

    Budget will balance but opportunity lost

    Kansans have little reason to feel good about the closing days of the 2016 legislative session. Yes, lawmakers passed a budget that will be balanced, but they did it largely by letting Gov. Sam Brownback do what he’s been doing. What he’s been doing

  • Editorials | April 30, 2016

    USD 378 bond issue deserves approval

    One of these days, enough patrons of the Riley County School District will realize that waiting for a perfect set of proposals to improve their schools — one that does everything anyone could want and lowers taxes in the process — is a sure way to postpone

  • Editorials | April 29, 2016

    Roberts’ response inappropriate

    We’re not among the majority of Kansans who disapprove of the job Sen. Pat Roberts is doing, but actions like his decision to block a Senate vote on a nominee for secretary of the Army might help explain his faltering popularity. Sen. Roberts last

  • Editorials | April 28, 2016

    ‘Nothing is more disturbing…’

    During his 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert spoke on the House floor on more than one occasion in support of stronger punishment for child molesters. In fact he said that repeat offenders should be put behind bars for “the rest

  • Editorials | April 27, 2016

    Disappointing but not surprising

    As gestures go, the stand Gov. Sam Brownback took Tuesday against what he considers the Obama administration’s lax scrutiny of refugees was mostly empty. Citing safety issues, the governor announced that Kansas is withdrawing “at the earliest possible date” from the federal government’s

  • Editorials | April 26, 2016

    Legislators will find answers difficult

    One problem with a financial crisis as deep as Kansas is enduring is that there simply is no simple solution. It’s fair to fault Gov. Sam Brownback and his conservative allies for passing tax cuts several years ago, particularly the provision exempting nonwage income

  • Editorials | April 25, 2016

    A peculiar arrangement

    Curious doings are afoot in the Republican presidential primary campaign. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, second and third, respectively, in the delegate count, have agreed to work together to try to prevent New York billionaire Donald Trump, the frontrunner, from winning

  • Editorials | April 23, 2016

    What will it take, Gov. Brownback?

    Kansas is a long way from the high seas in the 19th century, yet Gov. Sam Brownback and his obsession with protecting the 2012 income tax cuts calls to mind Capt. Ahab’s obsession with Moby Dick, the great white whale that bit off his leg.

  • Editorials | April 22, 2016

    Earth is our home; let’s take care of it

    We’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day, the inspiration in 1970 of U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, an environmentalist, and others who hoped to raise public awareness about our planet, its fragility and its resources. That was back before laptops, smart phones,

  • Editorials | April 21, 2016

    Currency changes all appropriate

    Folks who are convinced that the government doesn’t get anything right ought to think again. The U.S. Treasury Department couldn’t have been more right in deciding that the image of Harriet Tubman belongs on the front of the $20 bill. Ms. Tubman was


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