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  • Editorials | December 09, 2015

    A citizenship test for Americans?

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is understandably concerned about Americans’ ignorance about how our government works, and he’s smart enough to know at least one way to address it. He thinks a good start would be ensuring that American-born citizens know as much about

  • Editorials | December 08, 2015

    Adapt Visa Waiver Program

    Concern about a refugee program that might have let as many as 2,000 Syrians into the United States in recent years has some validity if one assumes that the refugees intend to harm this country. Concern about fiancée visas, given Tashfeen Malik’s involvement in

  • Editorials | December 07, 2015

    Obama’s approach direct, reasonable

    President Barack Obama’s brief address to the nation Sunday night might not have been all it could have been, but neither did it deserve instant denunciation from Republican candidates for president. Donald Trump, still the GOP frontrunner, in part because he’s more insulting

  • Editorials | December 05, 2015

    Open police files on resolved cases

    A Linwood, Kansas, couple still grieving and seeking answers after the disappearance of their son 27 years ago shouldn’t have to wonder forever whether law enforcement authorities did everything they could to resolve the case or whether there are new leads to pursue. Nor, after

  • Editorials | December 04, 2015

    The scenic long and winding road

    We’re attracted to the idea of the Native Stone Scenic Byway extending into Riley County and are gratified that Riley County commissioners agree. In a 2-1 vote Monday, the commission voted to extend the byway from the Riley County line, northwest through Zeandale on

  • Editorials | December 03, 2015

    More U.S. ‘boots,’ more RAF strikes

    What impact either move will make is yet to be seen — and how widely supported they are is unclear — but both the United States and England are escalating their efforts to fight the Islamic State. In a 397-223 vote, Britain’s Parliament on Wednesday approved

  • Editorials | December 02, 2015

    Is exceeding projections enough?

    Whether the revenue cup in Kansas is half-full or half-empty depends in large part on one’s politics. For the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback, the $8 million by which state revenue in November exceeded expectations is cause for optimism. Said Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan: “It’

  • Editorials | December 01, 2015

    Neither ISIS nor warming can wait

    President Barack Obama might have let his rhetoric get ahead of him in Paris when he called the Paris conference on climate change a “rebuke” to terrorism of the sort that scarred the host city Nov. 13. But he was correct in asserting that even as

  • Editorials | November 28, 2015

    Coping with convenience

    For a lot of us, the Christmas shopping season started this weekend, and for more of us than ever, we’re doing the shopping on our phone screens. We’re buying shoes from Zappos, TVs from, and plastic Christmas trees from

  • Editorials | November 27, 2015

    We must listen even though we disagree

    We liked the sound of Bill Clinton’s recent speech in Lawrence. In this week of Thanksgiving, we particularly liked an observation he made about progress in America, and about the area where we have made the least progress. What he said, in part, was

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