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  • Editorials | November 27, 2015

    We must listen even though we disagree

    We liked the sound of Bill Clinton’s recent speech in Lawrence. In this week of Thanksgiving, we particularly liked an observation he made about progress in America, and about the area where we have made the least progress. What he said, in part, was

  • Editorials | November 27, 2015

    Make school boards more enticing places to serve

    It should come as no surprise that school board members here and elsewhere were disgusted by a proposal to ban them from serving if they have a conflict of interest. A proposed bill to do that – killed in the last legislative session – is nonetheless still

  • Editorials | November 26, 2015

    It is gratefulness that makes us happy

    Every year on this day, we Americans are supposed to think about what we’re thankful for. This is Thanksgiving, after all, the day for reflecting on our many blessings as a nation, a community, and as families and individuals. Somehow that often feels like

  • Editorials | November 25, 2015

    Putin’s outrage is misdirected

    One can question Turkey’s discretion in shooting down a Russian warplane Tuesday that had violated Turkish air space. After all, it complicates the larger war on the Islamic State. But folks convinced that Turkey acted rashly ought to consider both that it had tolerated

  • Editorials | November 24, 2015

    Jobless numbers are welcome signs

    Unemployment rates are traditionally low in Kansas, but it’s been years since either Manhattan or Kansas has enjoyed the jobless rates recorded in October. As was reported in Monday’s Mercury, the jobless rate in Manhattan fell from an already impressive 2.6 percent in September

  • Editorials | November 24, 2015

    Travel safely

    For thousands of Kansas State University students, the Thanksgiving holiday travel period might have begun after their last class last week and could well extend until their first class next week. For AAA and other organizations in the travel industry, however, this year’s Thanksgiving

  • Editorials | November 21, 2015

    Governor’s water plan on right track

    Gov. Sam Brownback was correct last week to note that if Kansans truly want to preserve the state’s diminishing water supply, the time has come to shift from talk to action. “We know this aquifer,” he said. “We know these reservoirs. You can’t

  • Editorials | November 20, 2015

    Slide show smacks of Islamophobia

    John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln. John Dillinger was a notorious bank robber. John Gotti, a mobster, led the Gambino crime family. John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan. John Wayne Gacy Jr., the “Clown Killer,” was a serial murderer and rapist. This handful of

  • Editorials | November 19, 2015

    Banning drug ads isn’t the answer

    The American Medical Association, which on Tuesday called for a ban on the direct advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices to consumers, isn’t likely to get one.  Nor should it. The ads are a form of commercial speech and as such are

  • Editorials | November 18, 2015

    Put children’s needs ahead of politics

    There’s nothing wrong with the Kansas Department of Children and Families’ review of foster care regulations as long as what’s best for children is central to the effort. For instance, reducing the amount of evidence required to move against persons accused of child


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