• Conservatives again target Court

    Conservative Republican legislative leaders are a stubborn bunch. Despite repeated rulings by the Kansas Supreme Court — the ultimate authority on Kansas law — that legislative funding of Kansas public schools violates the state Constitution, Republican legislative leaders say the Court is .

  • Bidding farewell to an old friend

    It’s not just difficult to imagine Aggieville without Varney’s Book Store, it’s hard to imagine Manhattan without it. But the bookstore — call it an icon or an institution, if you like — will close at the end of .

  • All that’s missing is the solution

    Now that Gov. Sam Brownback has called legislators back to Topeka for a special session to correct unconstitutional inequities in the school finance funding formula, they have to find a way to do it. The loose consensus is that the .

  • Good for women, good for America

    Hillary Clinton has been in the public eye for a generation and been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate for much of that time. So it seems almost anticlimactic that she has become the first woman to be the presumptive .

  • Special session is the right call

    Kansans should welcome news today that Gov. Sam Brownback is calling legislators to Topeka for a special session to keep schools open despite his cheap shot at the Kansas Supreme Court. Said the governor: “It is distressing that the Kansas .

  • Every anniversary is important

    An American born on June 6, 1944, would be 72 years old. He or she would likely know something of the importance of that date, sharing his or her anniversary with one of the most historic — and pivotal — battles in American history. Seventy-two .

  • Trump, Clinton have company

    Millions of American voters are unimpressed, or even repelled, by the presumptive nominees of the two major parties. Democrat Hillary Clinton has abundant experience that would be useful if she is elected. She also, however, has failed to convince Americans .

  • Drop the defiance; heed the Constitution

    How about that! Gov. Sam Brownback, whose policies have undermined public schools in Kansas and have led to an unprecedented clash over school finance with the Kansas Supreme Court, is now posing as champion of those schools. The governor on .

  • Showtime nears for Arts in the Park

    Now that the rain has eased and the temperatures are rising, it’s time to turn to a couple of traditional summer pastimes in this community. We refer to afternoons at area swimming pools and Friday evenings at Arts in .

  • Valley Heights girls soar

    We offer belated congratulations to the Valley Heights High School girls’ track team for the state championship its members won over the weekend in Wichita. State championships are big deals, even — perhaps especially — in small schools. And Valley Heights Junior-Senior .

  • Onus on lawmakers to keep schools open

    “Sine die,” the formal adjournment of the Kansas Legislative session and usually a formality, will be more than that when legislators gather Wednesday. Several unrelated issues remain. Most important is school finance, but the rights of transgender students in public .

  • Kansas justices aren’t the problem

    Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick must not know the difference between politicking and political courage. He’s adept at the former. He launched into another round of politicking when he learned that the Kansas Supreme Court had — yet again and .


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