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  • Editorials | November 25, 2015

    Putin’s outrage is misdirected

    One can question Turkey’s discretion in shooting down a Russian warplane Tuesday that had violated Turkish air space. After all, it complicates the larger war on the Islamic State. But folks convinced that Turkey acted rashly ought to consider both that it had tolerated

  • Editorials | November 24, 2015

    Jobless numbers are welcome signs

    Unemployment rates are traditionally low in Kansas, but it’s been years since either Manhattan or Kansas has enjoyed the jobless rates recorded in October. As was reported in Monday’s Mercury, the jobless rate in Manhattan fell from an already impressive 2.6 percent in September

  • Editorials | November 24, 2015

    Travel safely

    For thousands of Kansas State University students, the Thanksgiving holiday travel period might have begun after their last class last week and could well extend until their first class next week. For AAA and other organizations in the travel industry, however, this year’s Thanksgiving

  • Editorials | November 21, 2015

    Governor’s water plan on right track

    Gov. Sam Brownback was correct last week to note that if Kansans truly want to preserve the state’s diminishing water supply, the time has come to shift from talk to action. “We know this aquifer,” he said. “We know these reservoirs. You can’t

  • Editorials | November 20, 2015

    Slide show smacks of Islamophobia

    John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln. John Dillinger was a notorious bank robber. John Gotti, a mobster, led the Gambino crime family. John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan. John Wayne Gacy Jr., the “Clown Killer,” was a serial murderer and rapist. This handful of

  • Editorials | November 19, 2015

    Banning drug ads isn’t the answer

    The American Medical Association, which on Tuesday called for a ban on the direct advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices to consumers, isn’t likely to get one.  Nor should it. The ads are a form of commercial speech and as such are

  • Editorials | November 18, 2015

    Put children’s needs ahead of politics

    There’s nothing wrong with the Kansas Department of Children and Families’ review of foster care regulations as long as what’s best for children is central to the effort. For instance, reducing the amount of evidence required to move against persons accused of child

  • Editorials | November 17, 2015

    This won’t make Kansas safer

    It’s disappointing but not surprising that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has joined about two dozen other governors, all but one of them Republicans, in erecting obstacles to Syrian refugees seeking asylum in their states. Also not surprisingly — and with little justification — Gov. Brownback said

  • Editorials | November 16, 2015

    Challenge ISIS poses must be met

    The weekend did nothing to dilute the horror of the barbarity inflicted on Paris Friday night in a series of attacks whose death toll is likely to climb from the latest figure of 129. The revulsion of the murderous assault by Islamic State terrorists resonates worldwide,

  • Editorials | November 14, 2015

    Both sides talking on rental issues

    It’s possible that Manhattan is moving toward a sustainable system of regulating rental properties here. That’s saying something, because both sides in a long-running debate appear willing to give a little in the name of compromise. That hasn’t been the case for


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