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  • Excess debt limits state future

    The growing volume and intensity of talk about the state’s finances among Kansas legislators seeking re-election and candidates for their seats in recent weeks is welcome. Given that even some conservative lawmakers have seen the light, it could be .

  • Clever, Vlad, but no thanks

    Not surprisingly, U.S. officials have declined Russian President Vladimir Putin’s generous offer to dispatch Russian observers to monitor our presidential election. Russia’s long devotion to democracy is known worldwide. A fair election there is one in which .

  • A few potshots, a little substance

    Americans might breathe a little easier now that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have left the debate stage for the final time without once coming to physical blows. But for the second consecutive debate, the candidates on Wednesday didn’t .

  • Retaking Mosul is just one step

    The long-awaited offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, which has held it since 2014, began this week. It must be successful. This battle is not D-Day, nor is it on a par with the U.S.-led .

  • What possessed Sen. McCain?

    Sen. John McCain certainly didn’t sound like a former presidential nominee on Monday. The Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP nominee, while campaigning in Pennsylvania for fellow GOP Sen. Pat Toomey, told a radio host, “I promise you that we will .

  • FBI vigilance averts ‘bloodbath’

    Hurrah for the FBI for breaking up a plot to bomb an apartment complex occupied primarily by Somali refugees in Garden City, and three cheers for the residents of Garden City who see beyond skin color and religious beliefs and .

  • Big 12 decisions will affect Manhattan

    Pay attention to Dallas tomorrow. It’s not that you can really do anything about this, but there are decisions about to be made there that could have a major effect on our city’s future. Dallas is where the .

  • New hospital cause for celebration

    It’s worth taking a moment to celebrate the completion of Fort Riley’s new hospital. Yes, it’s four years late. The project was delayed over and over, due mostly to a flurry of lawsuits. Subcontractors sued the general .

  • October days are close to perfect

    This morning was a little cool, even frosty in spots; it’s been a while since we’ve had temperatures in the 30s, but they’re not unwelcome. We could use the reminder that winter is coming. After all, last .

  • Will 100 days be enough?

    Somewhere in Las Vegas, an enterprising soul this morning might be laying odds on how long the Kansas Legislature’s 2017 session will last. Sessions typically run about 90 days, but the last couple of years are as good as any at .

  • Colorado pot alters Kansas market

    News from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office that marijuana from Colorado has “permeated nearly all parts of Kansas” isn’t quite alarming, but it deserves more than a shrug. First, Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s findings should not surprise .

  • The wrong sort of attention

    Donald Trump certainly knows how to get attention; he’s been doing it for most of his adult life. He is, however, losing his ability to shock. Yes, the vulgar tape released Friday of his 2005 conversation with Bill Bush of “.


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