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  • Editorials | October 01, 2015

    Career politicians still struggle in poll

    It’s hardly surprising, given the black eye that Islamic terrorists have given Islam, that a majority of Americans say a Muslim should not be elected president. But it is at least a little gratifying that 49 percent of those responding to recent a USA Today-Suffolk

  • Editorials | October 01, 2015

    What Putin wants…

    What Russian President Vladimir Putin wants he gets — or takes. Well after he sent Russian troops — and tanks, helicopters and fighter jets — to Syria, Russia’s Parliament approved the move. The vote was unanimous, of course. The vote apparently was necessary because Russia’s constitution

  • Editorials | September 30, 2015

    County right to seek repeal of tax lid

    Here’s hoping members of the Riley County Commission remain committed to seeking repeal of the local property tax lid that the Kansas Legislature approved in June. That action was an unnecessary provision in a bill raising sales and cigarette taxes to help balance a

  • Editorials | September 29, 2015

    Mars is now a bit more habitable

    Moviegoers might disagree, but NASA’s announcement that water — salty water — exists on Mars is more important than the movie “The Martian,” which opens Friday and in which Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. Movies can entertain, and “The Martian” surely

  • Editorials | September 28, 2015

    A decent man, a so-so leader

    House Speaker John Boehner, who on Friday stunned Washington, D.C., with his announcement that he would leave Congress at the end of next month, is nothing if not conservative — a mainstream conservative with a solid grasp of reality. Yet he wasn’t conservative enough

  • Editorials | September 26, 2015

    Butler right to balk at RCPD raises

    The Riley County Law Board was prudent last week to table a request for extra pay for Riley County Police Department personnel who work overnight ....shifts. Not that RCPD Director Brad Schoen and assistant director John Doehling didn’t make some valid points in their

  • Editorials | September 25, 2015

    Were lawmakers listening to Francis?

    Congressional liberals found plenty to like Thursday in Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress: He talked about wealth inequality, the death penalty, the “sacred obligation” to protect our planet’s environment and other issues. Similarly, congressional conservatives were understandably heartened when he

  • Editorials | September 24, 2015

    Shutdown won’t solve anything

    Tim Huelskamp, who represents Manhattan and the rest of Kansas’ 1st Congressional District in Congress, has it backward. He opened a letter Sept. 21 he wrote to President Barack Obama with the declaration: “You recently made the unprecedented threat to shut down the entire government unless

  • Editorials | September 23, 2015

    Judicial funding safe, for now

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt deserves credit for seeking a court order to protect, at least temporarily, funding for the Kansas judicial system. He filed a petition in Neosho County District Court and won a court order Tuesday that blocks enforcement of a 2015 Kansas law

  • Editorials | September 22, 2015

    Obesity getting worse, not better

    Kansas isn’t quite in the nation’s top 10, but if we keep gaining, we might get there in a year or two, depending on what other states do. Trouble is, this top 10 isn’t one any state ought to aspire to; it’s based


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