Friday, April 29, 2016



Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | April 18, 2016

    Will millennials thwart Republicans?

    Margaret Hoover and John Avlon didn’t break much new ground in their analysis of America’s two political parties and the upcoming election, but they were both insightful and entertaining during their Landon Lecture Friday in McCain Auditorium. Unfortunately, in a nation as politically

  • Editorials | April 16, 2016

    For fighting those grass fires… thanks

    Whether the smoke has come from those huge blazes in south-central Kansas or one of the local burns, pasture fires have again changed our sky, our sunsets and our air quality in recent weeks. Aren’t you glad you’re not out in smoky pastures

  • Editorials | April 15, 2016

    Myers knows KSU, and how to lead

    Serving as interim president at Kansas State University won’t be the most hazardous duty Gen. Richard B. Myers will have performed in his long and distinguished career, but that doesn’t make it any less important to the university, its alumni and the state

  • Editorials | April 15, 2016

    A cure for affluenza?

    Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, Ethan Couch, better known as the “affluenza teen,” might not like being treated as an adult as much as he enjoyed being spoiled as an adolescent. Though still a teen — he’s 19 — Mr. Couch, is finally facing some

  • Editorials | April 14, 2016

    Navy passes Putin’s test in Baltic

    The headline in Britain’s Daily Mail of a story about the incident this week in the Baltic Sea in which Russian jets repeatedly buzzed a U.S. destroyer called to mind America’s Republican presidential primary, particularly the frontrunner, Donald Trump. “You started it!”

  • Editorials | April 13, 2016

    Brownback’s veto ill serves Kansans

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s respect for individual property rights is duly noted, but he erred in vetoing a bill that would have made it easier for cities to confront blight by taking over abandoned properties. As he noted in his veto message, “Property rights serve

  • Editorials | April 12, 2016

    Planet finder answers the call

    The resurrection, or perhaps just the reawakening, of the Kepler spacecraft in recent days doesn’t have quite the drama of the return of the Apollo 13 moon mission, which unfolded 36 years ago this week. But Kepler is worth noting, and not just because contemplating events 75

  • Editorials | April 11, 2016

    Delaying payment is no solution

    It didn’t take Gov. Sam Brownback long to use the authority the Legislature gave him earlier this session to delay a quarterly payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. On Friday, in fact, the governor and budget director Shawn Sullivan announced a delay

  • Editorials | April 09, 2016

    Funding proposal not good for schools

    The chairmen of the Kansas House and Senate Education committees have come up with a school finance proposal that would limit state funding to “instruction,” eliminate state support for almost all other school activities, cut almost $400 million from the existing funding level and almost double

  • Editorials | April 08, 2016

    Airlines aren’t in the comfort business

    Don’t expect any more wiggle room on airlines — in the seats or in terms of legroom. The most recent opportunity for that crashed Thursday when the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration that would have imposed


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