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  • Editorials | September 24, 2014

    Missions to Mars

    India is to be congratulated for becoming the first Asian nation to put a satellite into orbit around Mars. What might be more remarkable is that India did it for less than the cost — $100 million — of the Hollywood space thriller, “Gravity.” India’s Mars Orbiter

  • Editorials | September 23, 2014

    Could Ebola become permanent?

    The World Health Organization is doing its best to get the world’s attention. For folks who might be inured to reports that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst in history, WHO now warns that the outbreak could last forever. If that

  • Editorials | September 22, 2014

    Fitness a big draw at Anneberg Park

    The storms that at midweek had threatened to spoil an amazing event Saturday at Anneberg Park never materialized, and young runners and their families showed up in droves for the seventh annual Body First School Fitness Challenge. It was a beautiful morning, and by 8:15, organizers

  • Editorials | September 21, 2014

    Efficiency panel hits sensitive topics

    It’s not hard to understand why much of the recent attention that the task force to improve Kansas schools has generated involves school consolidation and issues related to teachers. Those were among topics advanced to the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission earlier this

  • Editorials | September 19, 2014

    Reason enough for a street dance

    For area residents looking for a reason to party, a birthday anniversary is always good. Aggieville’s 125th birthday anniversary is even better. The actual hour of Aggieville’s birth might be lost to history, but 125 years ago, the first business — a laundry pick-up site

  • Editorials | September 19, 2014

    Have incumbents overreached?

    Who woulda thunk it? In deep-red Kansas, we’ve got three red-hot statewide races featuring three nationally prominent Republicans, Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Pat Roberts and Secretary of State Kris Kobach. This oddity has sent reporters scurrying here from New York, D.C., L.A.,

  • Editorials | September 18, 2014

    ‘Body cams’ can improve safety

    It was good to learn this week that the Riley County Police Department is testing cameras for officers to wear in dealings with the public, just as it was good to learn that the RCPD has been looking into using the cameras since 2012. That was

  • Editorials | September 17, 2014

    Brace for a lively Thursday night

    Our attention doesn’t usually turn to a college football game in the middle of the week in mid-September. Then again, the Kansas State Wildcats don’t usually play on a Thursday night. Yet the Auburn Tigers, who finished second in the final polls last

  • Editorials | September 16, 2014

    ‘We don’t anoint people’

    Bernie Sanders, the independent U.S. senator from Vermont, doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Honolulu of becoming president. Or of winning the Democratic nomination, for that matter, especially if Hillary Clinton, a former senator and secretary of state, runs. For starters, as

  • Editorials | September 15, 2014

    Issues, please, not distractions

    John Vratil, a moderate Republican and former vice president of the Kansas Senate, and Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, a conservative think tank, aren’t very far apart on the topic of school consolidation as it pertains to the forced merger of


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