Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | November 18, 2014

    Some smoking bans go too far

    The world is full of surprises. For instance, this morning we were surprised to learn that Dallas — yes, Big D Dallas — is preparing an ordinance to ban smoking in its 381 city parks. The Dallas Parks and Recreation Board has voted unanimously to ask staff to

  • Editorials | November 17, 2014

    ISIS’ barbarism again on display

    Perhaps one day we will get used to reports that the Islamic State has beheaded yet another innocent person. Let’s hope not. Let’s hope that such killings, which President Barack Obama rightly described as acts “of pure evil,” never lose their capacity to

  • Editorials | November 16, 2014

    Tap the brakes on school bond issue

    Last week’s meeting of the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education wasn’t the first at which talk of a new bond issue surfaced. But, given the reports of crowding at the district’s elementary schools, it would seem that the talk is getting more serious.

  • Editorials | November 14, 2014

    This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

    This is no way to get things done. Against the clear wishes of Congress, President Barack Obama is said to be on the verge of taking executive action to give several million undocumented immigrants at least temporary legal status in this country. And against the

  • Editorials | November 13, 2014

    European’ space feat spectacular

    One needn’t be a rocket scientist to be impressed with what the European Space Agency has accomplished. We don’t know what tiny Philae will find, and we hope the brains at the European Space Agency find a way to anchor the lander to

  • Editorials | November 12, 2014

    Building commission approach flawed

    Residents had reason to be appalled last year when the Riley County Commission, moving toward giving itself sole authority to spend tens of millions of dollars on building projects, rejected even establishing a citizens advisory committee. Commissioner Bob Boyd who was the only member to

  • Editorials | November 11, 2014

    Kansans to pay dearly for tax cuts

    It does no good to speculate on what might have happened if the consensus financial forecast for Kansas had been known a week or two ago. Perhaps, given that Gov. Sam Brownback was re-elected and Republicans increased their majorities in both houses of the Kansas

  • Editorials | November 10, 2014

    Don’t let cold air keep you away

    Tomorrow is Veterans Day, one of the most significant days on the calendar in the United States and in many other nations. It will be cold Tuesday in Manhattan — certainly by recent standards. The slightly below freezing temperatures might even be cold enough to discourage

  • Editorials | November 09, 2014

    Needs most acute during the holidays

    Now that we’re more than a week into November, it figures that Black Friday — the shopping frenzy that once took place the day after Thanksgiving but has intruded onto Thursday — has re-entered the conversation. While the debate about that incursion also is renewed, we’

  • Editorials | November 07, 2014

    Space: still a civilian frontier

    Two explosions, one during the launch of an unmanned rocket in Virginia and the other aboard a craft being tested for space tourism in California, raise understandable questions about whether private companies are up to the challenges that space presents. The first explosion, on Oct. 28,


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