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  • Editorials | October 30, 2015

    About Christmas at Thanksgiving…

    It’s not quite Halloween, which means it’s time to start talking about not talking about Christmas. Got it? The latest development in this ongoing cultural evolution is the decision by REI, an outdoor clothing and equipment maker, to close its retail stores the

  • Editorials | October 29, 2015

    Dr. Shannon did what needed done

    The local school board started talking about hiring a new superintendent Wednesday night, with an eye toward the future. That’s as it should be. We’ll have more to say on that process as it unfolds, but this seems a good moment to look

  • Editorials | October 28, 2015

    A hotdog is now a guilty pleasure

    We have a couple of questions in the wake of the World Health Organization’s conclusion earlier this week that processed meat raises the risk of colon cancer. First, has there been anyone out there in the last decade or two who actually believed hot

  • Editorials | October 27, 2015

    Scrutiny of pasture burning intensifies

    Area ranchers probably hope Riley County Commissioner Bob Boyd is wrong, but they also should know better than to ignore his warning at Monday’s commission meeting. During a discussion of pasture burning, the Environmental Protection Agency and air quality in distant cities, Commissioner Boyd

  • Editorials | October 26, 2015

    Are college students really so helpless?

    We’re tempted to offer three cheers for the League of Women Voters and faculty members at three Kansas public universities for developing a course to instruct college students on how to register to vote. After all, college students who are American citizens — and other

  • Editorials | October 24, 2015

    Time to preserve neighborhood is now

    Downzoning an almost 11-block area east of City Park isn’t just a good idea, it’s one that’s years overdue. What’s more, the failure to take advantage of the present opportunity could doom the area to further degradation. The plan that gained —

  • Editorials | October 23, 2015

    A daring raid, a tragic new tally

    Though it matters immensely to those most affected, the death of a U.S. soldier in combat isn’t always noticed in America. After all, more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel were killed in the last Iraq war. But a single death stood out Thursday

  • Editorials | October 21, 2015

    State efficiency is not optional

    It was news earlier this month when the state of Kansas hired an efficiency expert to scrutinize the state budget. Unfortunately, it was news for the wrong reason. That’s because the $2.6 million being spent on a firm that has a spotty record in other

  • Editorials | October 20, 2015

    Kline again at odds with Supreme Court

    Phill Kline is at it again, trying to blame others for his legal troubles. Not content to have abused his authority as Kansas attorney general, he is now suing the entire Kansas Supreme Court and just about anyone else who had anything to do with

  • Editorials | October 19, 2015

    Kobach’s fraud cases politically motivated

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has gained the power to prosecute cases of alleged voter fraud, and now he’s using it. Earlier this month, he filed three election fraud cases in two counties, accusing the defendants of illegally voting in Kansas while casting

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