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Editorials

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • Antidiscrimination consensus gratifying

    The support evident Tuesday evening among Manhattan city commissioners for banning discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity was gratifying. That not a single commissioner opposed the concept should help with what will likely be a .

  • EU’s action flawed but understandable

    It’s hard to listen to presidential candidates lament America’s immigration problems without our thoughts drifting across the Atlantic Ocean, where there is an immigration crisis worthy of the name. It’s been described as the biggest immigration crisis .

  • Health rankings are snapshots

    Which is worse, falling from No. 1 to No. 14 in a category called “health outcomes” or dropping from 14th to 55th — from the upper echelon to the lower half — in quality of life? Though being the best at anything is, well, .

  • Moran returns to party fold

    Had Sen. Jerry Moran joined Republican senators from the outset in stonewalling President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court, it would have been disappointing but not surprising. More than ever in politics, partisanship .

  • For a modest tax, major improvements

    Manhattan residents who don’t like the idea of paying two-tenths of a cent sales tax for street maintenance can take comfort in the knowledge that they’ll get a chance to make their wishes known. They’ll have that .

  • Don’t count on luck in storm season

    Most area farmers and gardeners would love to have some rain. Many have been frustrated that the clouds that have crossed our horizon have dropped their rain on neighboring cities and towns. It’s worth noting that some of those .

  • A vicious and resourceful enemy

    March hasn’t been a good month in the world’s struggle against terrorism. Yes, the United States announced last week that it had killed ISIS’ second-in-command, a man who Defense Secretary Ash Carter described as “senior leader serving as .

  • Candidate pledges written in pencil

    Political pledges apparently have about the same value as professional sports contracts. That is to say, they’re not entirely worthless, but neither are they worth much. The three remaining Republican candidates — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich .

  • School funding debate rages on

    The Kansas Supreme Court ought to be able to decide without all the political maneuvering by Democratic and Republican lawmakers whether the Kansas Legislature’s response to the court’s order to make school funding more equitable passes muster. Yet .


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