Sunday, November 29, 2015

Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | November 05, 2015

    From the bureau of far-fetched ideas…

    Forty-three million dollars would be a nice lottery haul for just about any American, but it’s a relative pittance in the Defense Department budget. The sum would likely be even less conspicuous if sequestration hadn’t cut into the money we’re confident our

  • Editorials | November 04, 2015

    Situation won’t turn itself around

    The succession of monthly state revenue disappointments has all but dashed Kansans’ hopes that the Legislature’s historic sales and cigarette tax increases last spring had offset the imbalance created by the income tax cuts of 2012 and 2013. The lamentable reality is that the state’s

  • Editorials | November 03, 2015

    MHS girls set pace in cross country

    We don’t often have the pleasure of writing about champions in consecutive issues, but the past few days have been more memorable than most. The day before the Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets in the World Series Sunday, the Manhattan High

  • Editorials | November 02, 2015

    The replays will never get old

    About the only thing better than waking up to learn that your favorite baseball team has won the World Series is staying up until the wee hours to see it happen live. The Kansas City Royals delivered with a 7-2 victory whose score alone says

  • Editorials | October 31, 2015

    Police must confront biases

    The national conversation about police tactics and race came to Manhattan this past week, when a University of Kansas professor gave an intelligent presentation on the subject at Kansas State University. Prof. Charles Epp’s argument was that police ought not be allowed to make

  • Editorials | October 30, 2015

    Are roads best use for sales tax?

    The Manhattan city government is looking to raise the sales tax to pay for better roads. Pardon us for yawning, but it’s hard to get too excited about pavement. Raising the sales tax is not terribly appealing, either, so we’re having a hard

  • 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

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