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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | January 20, 2016

    Civilian death toll soars in Iraq

    Americans who haven’t already become numb to death tolls from conflicts in so many places across the globe that they’re hard to keep track of ought to be impressed — even staggered — by what’s taken place in Iraq in the last two years.

  • Editorials | January 19, 2016

    Trump hasn’t won many British friends

    Perhaps worried that American lawmakers would claim the prize for doing nothing with great fanfare, members of England’s Parliament took a few hours Monday to debate whether to ban Donald Trump from their shores. Even MPs who hold Mr. Trump in contempt knew going

  • Editorials | January 18, 2016

    Shopping elsewhere can be prudent

    The specific findings are intriguing, but there aren’t many surprises in a just-released report showing that Kansas’ sales tax on groceries is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The report, by Wichita State University’s Kansas Public Finance Center, was

  • Editorials | January 16, 2016

    King remains an inspiration

    Area residents join residents of other American communities this week in commemorating and celebrating the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. As in other communities, residents here will have ample occasions to gather with others in the name of the civil

  • Editorials | January 14, 2016

    Budget leaves little room for surprises

    If all goes as the Brownback administration plans, the state at the end of this fiscal year — June 30 — will finish in the black by about $35 million. The administration also projects an ending balance of almost $88 million a year later. Doing so would first require dealing

  • Editorials | January 13, 2016

    Brownback mum on key issue

    Gov. Sam Brownback didn’t have much to say about the state budget during his State of the State address Tuesday night. In fact, he omitted it. If that sounds odd, it should, given the impact that financial matters have on the state of this

  • Editorials | January 12, 2016

    Extradition of ‘El Chapo’ wise

    Twice burned by Joaquin Guzman’s escapes, Mexican authorities had barely recaptured the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel on Friday before initiating extradition proceedings so he can be tried in the United States. Mexico had refused past U.S. extradition requests for Guzman, with

  • Editorials | January 12, 2016

    Extradition of ‘El Chapo’ wise

    Twice burned by Joaquin Guzman’s escapes, Mexican authorities had barely recaptured the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel on Friday before initiating extradition proceedings so he can be tried in the United States. Mexico had refused past U.S. extradition requests for Guzman, with

  • Editorials | January 11, 2016

    District’s notice is a weak gesture

    Penny Hargrove of Hiawatha is in town today to interview for the position of superintendent of the Manhattan-Ogden School District. Three other finalists for the position are scheduled to interview in the coming days. Their identities will be made public only when their day arrives —

  • Editorials | January 10, 2016

    What government wants us to eat

    January means cold days,  Christmas bills and, for many, a return to school. This January also comes with a fresh round of dietary advice, courtesy of the U.S. government. That might seem like an annual event, but the nation’s dietary guidelines — the


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