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  • Editorials | January 07, 2015

    State panel right to moderate proposals

    Local control of school matters won a couple of small victories Tuesday when the state’s school efficiency task force decided not to recommend limiting teacher negotiations and called for the Legislature to fund annual audits of school districts if lawmakers mandate them. Whether the

  • Editorials | January 06, 2015

    Heading in the right direction

    We’re delighted to learn that drug and alcohol abuse among middle- and high-school students is on the decline, and we hope the trend continues. We’d also like to believe that substance abuse is declining because more young people are seeing the light — recognizing

  • Editorials | January 05, 2015

    Ebola thrives, though alarm has quieted

    Miraculously, Ebola hasn’t turned out to be as deadly as public health officials feared. Last fall the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worried that by now there could be some 1.4 million cases of the virus. But the fact that cases haven’

  • Editorials | January 04, 2015

    Court ruling is no surprise

    Someday, perhaps, the Kansas Legislature will provide enough funding for the state’s public schools to end chronic violations of the state Constitution. Until that day, lawmakers shouldn’t be surprised that parents and educators file lawsuits to protect their children’s educational opportunities. Nor

  • Editorials | January 02, 2015

    Flu can spoil the new year

    If you’ve already broken most of your resolutions for 2015, you can start over. The year is still new, and there’s plenty of time to get things right. If you’re looking for something to work on, consider your health. Good health won’t

  • Editorials | December 31, 2014

    Young people often get it right

    We were delighted but not surprised earlier this week by the finding of a national poll that highlights young people’s willingness to volunteer their time and service to their local communities. According to the Associated Press story, volunteering was the only civic activity that

  • Editorials | December 31, 2014

    Happy new year

    Well, it’s New Year’s Eve. Lots of area residents — in San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl and right here in the Flint Hills — will be partying. That’s just fine. This is the quintessential party night. The Little Apple New Year’s Eve

  • Editorials | December 30, 2014

    Safe skies, deadly skies

    If you lost a loved one in a commercial plane crash this year, airline safety statistics are little more than numbers. For what it’s worth, this has been both a deadlier and a safer year than most others. The death toll has been awful: 1,326

  • Editorials | December 29, 2014

    Growth here is business as usual

    It’s old hat to say that Manhattan is on a roll. That’s been true for a decade, ever since Fort Riley started to grow again. But the great Army boom is over, and still Manhattan marches forward. That’s the thought that comes

  • Editorials | December 28, 2014

    Pope Francis leads by example

    When Pope Francis last week scolded the cardinals, bishops and others who make the Vatican run, it made newspapers the world over. He told his subordinates they were succumbing to 15 weaknesses, including hypocrisy, greed, jealousy and “spiritual Alzheim-er’s.”  The pope spoke of the “


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