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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | March 03, 2016

    State tax policy is indeed the culprit

    There’s plenty not to like about Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to immediately cut $17 million from the budgets of Board of Regents universities, including $4.9 million out of Kansas State University’s present spending plan. For one, this action comes just two weeks after KSU

  • Editorials | March 01, 2016

    Join exercises in democracy

    A couple of weeks ago Jean H. Lee, president of the League of Women voters, wrote a letter urging area residents — actually all Kansans — to participate in party presidential caucuses. At the time, the caucus date, March 5, seemed well into the future. The caucus date

  • Editorials | February 29, 2016

    For schools, costs are an investment

    The amount of money the state and four Kansas school districts have spent on a long-running school finance lawsuit is impressive, and depressing. But the sum doesn’t approach the level of cynicism exhibited by the Brownback administration, which has championed tax cuts over funding

  • Editorials | February 27, 2016

    A modest victory for counties

    The Kansas Supreme Court struck a modest blow for tax fairness last week in ruling unconstitutional a 2014 law that gave favorable treatment to property taxpayers whose appraisal appeals were successful. The law provided a two-year moratorium on increases in valuation for property owners who won

  • Editorials | February 27, 2016

    Kansas education legacy strong

    February is the anniversary of historic legislation that created Kansas’ public education system and higher education institutions. Teacher preparation programs forever linked colleges and the public schools, and fortunately, education has always been paramount in Kansas and the country, even in times of turmoil. The

  • Editorials | February 26, 2016

    How high must the water get?

    The report earlier this week that sea levels have risen faster in the last century than they did in roughly the last 2,800 years didn’t, if you’ll pardon us, make much of a splash. It should have. Twenty-eight centuries, after all, takes us back

  • Editorials | February 25, 2016

    We’ll take the ACLU, League, thank you

    Perhaps someday in this space, we will have reason to praise Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Today is not that day. Mr. Kobach, who has busied himself helping other states discriminate against immigrants — legal as well as illegal, who wants the Kansas Legislature to repeal

  • Editorials | February 24, 2016

    Republican senators are out of line

    While the success Donald Trump is having campaigning against Washington is in some ways mystifying, in other ways it couldn’t be more predictable. On Tuesday, for example, Republican senators made clear that they would do whatever they need to do to block President Barack

  • Editorials | February 23, 2016

    ‘Revenge porn’ should be illegal

    Sydney Carlin, a Democrat who represents much of Manhattan in the Kansas Legislature, is nothing if not persistent; it’s a trait that’s essential in a chamber dominated by Republicans. And it served her well this week as House members approved and sent to

  • Editorials | February 22, 2016

    Require conviction for property seizure

    Individuals convicted of crimes and who used their personal property — a car or a home, for example — to advance that criminal enterprise should be subject to losing those properties. That is Kansas law, and it’s appropriate. Less appropriate is a provision of state law


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