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  • Navy passes Putin’s test in Baltic

    The headline in Britain’s Daily Mail of a story about the incident this week in the Baltic Sea in which Russian jets repeatedly buzzed a U.S. destroyer called to mind America’s Republican presidential primary, particularly the frontrunner, .

  • Brownback’s veto ill serves Kansans

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s respect for individual property rights is duly noted, but he erred in vetoing a bill that would have made it easier for cities to confront blight by taking over abandoned properties. As he noted in his .

  • Planet finder answers the call

    The resurrection, or perhaps just the reawakening, of the Kepler spacecraft in recent days doesn’t have quite the drama of the return of the Apollo 13 moon mission, which unfolded 36 years ago this week. But Kepler is worth noting, and .

  • Delaying payment is no solution

    It didn’t take Gov. Sam Brownback long to use the authority the Legislature gave him earlier this session to delay a quarterly payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. On Friday, in fact, the governor and budget director .

  • Funding proposal not good for schools

    The chairmen of the Kansas House and Senate Education committees have come up with a school finance proposal that would limit state funding to “instruction,” eliminate state support for almost all other school activities, cut almost $400 million from the existing .

  • Airlines aren’t in the comfort business

    Don’t expect any more wiggle room on airlines — in the seats or in terms of legroom. The most recent opportunity for that crashed Thursday when the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation .

  • Antidiscrimination consensus gratifying

    The support evident Tuesday evening among Manhattan city commissioners for banning discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity was gratifying. That not a single commissioner opposed the concept should help with what will likely be a .

  • EU’s action flawed but understandable

    It’s hard to listen to presidential candidates lament America’s immigration problems without our thoughts drifting across the Atlantic Ocean, where there is an immigration crisis worthy of the name. It’s been described as the biggest immigration crisis .

  • Health rankings are snapshots

    Which is worse, falling from No. 1 to No. 14 in a category called “health outcomes” or dropping from 14th to 55th — from the upper echelon to the lower half — in quality of life? Though being the best at anything is, well, .

  • Moran returns to party fold

    Had Sen. Jerry Moran joined Republican senators from the outset in stonewalling President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court, it would have been disappointing but not surprising. More than ever in politics, partisanship .

  • For a modest tax, major improvements

    Manhattan residents who don’t like the idea of paying two-tenths of a cent sales tax for street maintenance can take comfort in the knowledge that they’ll get a chance to make their wishes known. They’ll have that .

  • Don’t count on luck in storm season

    Most area farmers and gardeners would love to have some rain. Many have been frustrated that the clouds that have crossed our horizon have dropped their rain on neighboring cities and towns. It’s worth noting that some of those .


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