Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | September 11, 2015

    Duel in space wasn’t poor sportsmanship

    Thank goodness for the overlords of propriety at the Big 12 Conference. They can save us from ourselves this fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced earlier this week that the conference was penalizing Kansas State University for the KSU Band’s halftime show at last Saturday’s

  • Editorials | September 10, 2015

    Hillary’s apology has a hollow ring

    As apologies go, the one Hillary Clinton offered on Tuesday was sorry indeed. Yes, her apology — for using her personal email account for State Department business when she was secretary of state — contained most of the magic words. She acknowledged that it was “a mistake,”

  • Editorials | September 09, 2015

    U.S. should accept more Syrian refugees

    The United States, which has long welcomed immigrants seeking a better life, seems to be sitting out the refugee crisis inundating Europe. That should change. The war in Syria has generated some 4 million refugees, and conflicts elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa add to

  • Editorials | September 08, 2015

    Immaturity at warp speed

    On the assumption that the more one stirs a pile of manure, the worse it smells, we’ll keep our comments about the K-State Marching Band’s now infamous halftime show Saturday brief. As KSU Bands Director Frank Tracz has pointed out, the formation was

  • Editorials | September 08, 2015

    A matter of degrees

    Learning and teaching became a couple of degrees easier last week in the Manhattan-Ogden School District when Superintendent Bob Shannon ordered maintenance staff to lower thermostats from 76 degrees to 74 degrees. The thermostats had been raised as one of a host of actions the district adopted

  • Editorials | September 05, 2015

    On gay marriage issue, advocates risk a backlash

    The opponents of gay marriage are backed into a corner, and it might seem that they look ridiculous. But supporters need to be careful here, or they’ll risk a backlash. The most recent flare-up in one of America’s biggest debates came this past

  • Editorials | September 04, 2015

    Court system got it right ... finally

    The resentencing of a Kansas State University researcher this week is an example of the court system fixing its own mess. That’s good. But it’s not a happy story, and the process hurt the people involved. Miles Theurer, a postdoctoral research fellow at

  • Editorials | September 03, 2015

    Ready or not, it’s football season

    K-State fans: Are you ready? At Bill Snyder Family Stadium, those are the booming words of public-address announcer Dave Lewis, signaling that a football game is about to begin. We’re borrowing them today because what the community is about to embark on is the

  • Editorials | September 02, 2015

    Another month, another shortfall

    It would be wrong to suggest that August tax collections in Kansas, which fell $30 million short of expectations, spell doom for the state. But they are disappointing, and not just because they didn’t meet expectations. They’re also disappointing because tax collections for the

  • Editorials | September 01, 2015

    Can ‘outsiders’ keep ‘insiders’ out?

    It’s hard to imagine Donald Trump as president, if only because he’s, well, the Donald. It’s also hard to picture Dr. Ben Carson in the Oval Office, though that’s because he’s still something of a mystery to voters. Yet remarkably,


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