Saturday, September 5, 2015



Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | August 13, 2015

    Keeping City Pool open a good move

    As have many of the city’s pool patrons, we’ve questioned the city’s decision to all but shut down the city’s pools in mid-August. Yes, we know that’s when the school year begins, and kids can’t very well be in

  • Editorials | August 12, 2015

    Instead of talk, how about money?

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s education advice gets cheaper by the word. It lost a little more value Tuesday when he was offering the state’s school districts some tips on how to improve the education they deliver to their students. The governor said schools ought

  • Editorials | August 11, 2015

    Healthy river more precious than gold

    Any visitor to Colorado who has ridden the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train should remember the Animas River, and might even have taken dramatic photos or video of it as the train chugged along high above the gorge. Other visitors may have been

  • Editorials | August 08, 2015

    Westar right to trim its request

    Westar Energy gave its 700,000 customers reason to smile when the company agreed last week to trim its most recent rate increase request by nearly half. Westar earlier this year had sought a rate increase of $152 million, to address costs associated with federally mandated improvements at

  • Editorials | August 07, 2015

    GOP debate lively, entertaining

    The first Republican debates on Thursday were only modestly informative but plenty entertaining. It was abundantly clear that most of the candidates had a couple points they wanted to make and a barb or two they hoped would be memorable. We’ll let others pick

  • Editorials | August 06, 2015

    ‘Bureaucratic’ mistakes matter

    The headline at the top of Wednesday’s USA Today was alarming: “Bioterror lab faced secret sanctions.” The subhead offered no consolation: “Kansas State facility repeatedly violated safety rules, feds say.” Troubling indeed. That’s the kind of story that doesn’t just keep folks

  • Editorials | August 05, 2015

    Good riddance to $25 ATM limit

    The punitive and insulting $25 daily limit on how much Kansans who receive cash assistance from the state could withdraw from ATMs is gone — done away with before it even took effect. Good. Phyllis Gilmore, secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, rescinded the

  • Editorials | August 04, 2015

    Ebola vaccine shows value of collaboration

    It isn’t often that medical personnel have trouble containing their enthusiasm about a breakthrough, but the Ebola vaccine announced Friday has generated justifiable excitement. As Jeremy Farr, director of the Wellcome Trust, wrote in the Guardian, “I normally like to avoid superlatives when describing

  • Editorials | August 03, 2015

    School year isn’t here quite yet

    Manhattan students who think the school year is upon them ought to be glad they’re not teachers. Students still have two full weeks of summer, which might seem like the blink of an eye to them (but might be something closer to a lifetime

  • Editorials | August 02, 2015

    Voter ID law impact is worth knowing

    Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proud of the voter ID law he ushered through the Kansas Legislature. Considered one of the strictest in the nation, he considers it an important safeguard against voter fraud. That might well be, but it’s also possible that


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