• View from I-70 is hardly a winner

    First, something to smile about. The photograph accompanying Kansas’ ranking in a state beauty contest sponsored by Thrillist.com depicts a beautiful sunset — or a sunrise — over the Flint Hills. Unfortunately, that photo accompanied the state’s ranking as the .

  • Congress could use such wisdom

    Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum aren’t the only former senators who decry the tone of the presidential campaign and the hyperpartisanship that afflicts the current generation in Congress, but that hardly detracts from their collective wisdom. The two spoke .

  • Regents’ cuts should be restored

    The state’s financial situation is dismal enough that the Kansas Board of Regents isn’t asking for an increase in general state spending in the next budget. Instead, the Regents voted unanimously last week to simply ask that Gov. .

  • Bells of freedom will ring Saturday

    Crowd noise in Bill Snyder Family Stadium will likely overwhelm the gesture, but at 3 p.m. Saturday — around halftime of the KSU-Florida Atlantic game — bells will be rung for a minute or longer at various sites in Manhattan. It’s .

  • Purple Power Play in the Park

    A tradition roughly a quarter-century old resumes tonight when the Purple Power Play in the Park celebrates the beginning of Kansas State University’s home football season. Begun in the early 1990s as the Purple Power Play on Poyntz, the .

  • Governor has chosen well

    We offer our congratulations to Manhattan attorney Grant D. Bannister, who Gov. Sam Brownback this week appointed as a judge in Kansas’ 21st Judicial District. Mr. Bannister, who has for many years been part of the law firm of Knopp .

  • Round and round with North Korea

    B-1B bombers and U.S. and South Korean fighter jets soaring 75 miles from the South’s border with North Korea was supposed to be a show of force. Its purposes were to remind North Korea that it can’t .

  • Imagine Africa without elephants

    Which is more incomprehensible: that poachers are killing thousands of African elephants every year for their ivory or that the nations of the world aren’t intervening more aggressively? The slaughter is such that the extinction of African elephants has .

  • Grief lingers, battle continues

    Fifteen years ago this morning, terrorists commandeered four civilian jetliners and flew them into infamy. It seems like just yesterday and yet so long ago. Two of the planes destroyed the iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in .

  • Flint Hills worthy of designation

    Most Kansans, particularly those who live in and regularly travel around the Flint Hills, have a sense of the importance — and great pride — in the tallgrass prairie. Fewer of us, we suspect, associate the area with shorebirds. And we’ll .

  • Keeping up with smart machines

    Anyone who thinks technology is dull should have sat in on the Landon Lecture that Wes Bush, the CEO of Northrop Grumman, gave Tuesday at McCain Auditorium. Indeed, given his fascinating discussion of “cognitive autonomy” — the concept of machines and .

  • Kansans among most obese

    Have Kansans gotten lazy? Have we become more ignorant? Or do we just not care as much about our health? If we don’t start caring more about our health, we certainly ought to be caring about our health care .


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