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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | August 06, 2015

    ‘Bureaucratic’ mistakes matter

    The headline at the top of Wednesday’s USA Today was alarming: “Bioterror lab faced secret sanctions.” The subhead offered no consolation: “Kansas State facility repeatedly violated safety rules, feds say.” Troubling indeed. That’s the kind of story that doesn’t just keep folks

  • Editorials | August 05, 2015

    Good riddance to $25 ATM limit

    The punitive and insulting $25 daily limit on how much Kansans who receive cash assistance from the state could withdraw from ATMs is gone — done away with before it even took effect. Good. Phyllis Gilmore, secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, rescinded the

  • Editorials | August 04, 2015

    Ebola vaccine shows value of collaboration

    It isn’t often that medical personnel have trouble containing their enthusiasm about a breakthrough, but the Ebola vaccine announced Friday has generated justifiable excitement. As Jeremy Farr, director of the Wellcome Trust, wrote in the Guardian, “I normally like to avoid superlatives when describing

  • Editorials | August 03, 2015

    School year isn’t here quite yet

    Manhattan students who think the school year is upon them ought to be glad they’re not teachers. Students still have two full weeks of summer, which might seem like the blink of an eye to them (but might be something closer to a lifetime

  • Editorials | August 02, 2015

    Voter ID law impact is worth knowing

    Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proud of the voter ID law he ushered through the Kansas Legislature. Considered one of the strictest in the nation, he considers it an important safeguard against voter fraud. That might well be, but it’s also possible that

  • Editorials | July 31, 2015

    Suddenly… or not, Mullah Omar is gone

    Reports of Mullah Omar’s death that surfaced this week might not be premature, but they are accompanied by contradictions and unanswered questions. The mysterious Mullah Omar may have been dead for two years, although that, like much else associated with him, is difficult to

  • Editorials | July 30, 2015

    Pollard was a spy, not a victim

    Jonathan Pollard, who betrayed his country while working as a Navy intelligence analyst in the 1980s, is about to be released on parole. Although 30 years, which is what he will have served when he is released, is probably long enough, it wouldn’t bother us

  • Editorials | July 29, 2015

    Everybody Counts isn’t just a slogan

    “If you need help please come. If you can help, please come. This event is for everyone.” So said the Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, pastor at the First United Methodist Church, about Everybody Counts, a gathering Saturday at which literally everyone is welcome. Too often, in

  • Editorials | July 28, 2015

    Important work too rarely noticed

    Often when a corrections department is in the news, the news isn’t good. As often as not, the news involves an escape or a scandal. Thus the report this week that the Riley County Community Corrections Department is functioning smoothly is refreshing. As a

  • Editorials | July 27, 2015

    Governor should have known better

    If he likes, Gov. Sam Brownback can continue to make the case that Kansas teachers are overpaid or even adequately paid. But if he’s content to ignore how many of them are leaving jobs in this state for greener pastures, he ought to at


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