Editorials

  • Armbrust has been up to the task

    Kansas needs more individuals like Manhattan resident John Armbrust, who last week announced that he would resign in April as executive director of the Governor’s Military Council. He is quick to credit others — state and local officials, Fort Riley .

  • A victory for an independent judiciary

    Advocates of an independent judiciary in Kansas can breathe a little easier today now that the most recent attempt to give the governor greater control of the Kansas Supreme Court has failed. Kansas House members indeed supported a constitutional amendment .

  • Souper Bowl is a ‘game’ for everyone

    Much has been made of the fact that this year’s Super Bowl is the golden one, celebrating the game’s 50th anniversary; that’s why the 50-yard lines in NFL stadiums were painted gold this year. As for the .

  • Transparency moves worthwhile

    Legislation that fosters open government is good both for citizens and the legislators who represent them. Thus it is gratifying that several proposals to improve transparency in the Kansas Legislature and throughout governments in this state have the support of .

  • Making voting easier is the wrong goal

    Increasing the number of informed voters in Kansas is worth pursuing, and if “same-day registration” can do that without creating problems, lawmakers ought to give it a good look. Advocates are certain it will succeed; critics have understandable misgivings. Same-day .

  • Hunting, fishing are not in peril

    Back in 1777 — the year after the colonies declared independence and so early into the Revolution that there was little certainty the new country would even last — Vermont became the first state to include a provision in its constitution guaranteeing the .

  • Zika enters our vocabulary

    Americans have learned a new four-letter word in recent days. It’s Zika, as in the mosquito-borne virus that’s believed to have caused birth defects in as many as 4,000 Brazilian babies last year alone. That’s reason to be .

  • Too much made of dress code dustup

    An occasional slice of humble pie can be good for one’s diet, but the criticism heaped on a state senator for his ill-advised dress code for individuals who testify before his committee was excessive. True, Sen. Mitch Holmes, a .

  • Up a creek without federal flooding grant

    Maybe protecting 120 property owners from the occasional fury of a normally generic creek just wasn’t dramatic enough to seize the attention of federal officials. Maybe the local, regional and state partners, including the Kansas Department of Agriculture, which sought .

  • Another trial balloon from Bloomberg?

    If Michael Bloomberg were serious — as serious as he wants Americans to believe he is — about a third-party candidacy for president, he wouldn’t be telling Americans how the chips would have to fall for him to take the plunge. .

  • Special protection for gun dealers?

    Kansas has shown little official interest in shielding gays, lesbians or transgender individuals from discrimination, but at least one lawmaker wants to give special protection to gun dealers and manufacturers. It would be almost laughable if it weren’t really .

  • It looks a lot like school consolidation

    If Kansas lawmakers want to call the proposal to cut the number of school districts in the state by more than half “reorganization,” they’re welcome to it. But they’re kidding themselves if they think school patrons will see .


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