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  • Editorials | August 31, 2015

    Governing by ultimatum

    It isn’t often that district court judges need a lawyer. But this is Kansas, where Gov. Sam Brown-back and his conservative allies in the Legislature, not content to control two branches of government, want to call the shots in the third, the judiciary, as

  • Editorials | August 30, 2015

    KSU students have much to give

    Now that K-State’s returning students have gotten reacquainted and new students have found their way around campus, we hope both groups extend their reach further. We hope they become part of this larger community. We’re not talking just about patronizing Aggieville’s restaurants

  • Editorials | August 30, 2015

    Good marks for MHS

    Though the State Finance Council didn’t have much in the way of good news for the Manhattan-Ogden School District last week, the district’s ACT report was a step in the right direction. The average 2015 composite ACT score for MHS students was 23.7. By comparison,

  • Editorials | August 28, 2015

    Trump, Kobach kindred spirits?

    Well, Donald Trump must be right about immigration. None other than Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says so. Mr. Kobach, a conservative who’s perhaps better known for his antipathy toward illegal immigrants than as an elected official from this state, told the Associated

  • Editorials | August 27, 2015

    Will anything change this time?

    Individuals who should not be allowed to carry guns have wrought horror large and small in this country in recent years. They’ve slaughtered school children in their classrooms, mowed down moviegoers in darkened theaters, shot up work places and, perhaps most shocking — at least

  • Editorials | August 26, 2015

    New formula leaves districts wanting

    Officials in the Manhattan-Ogden School District knew better than to count on getting the roughly $498,000 in emergency state assistance they had applied for to cope with more than 100 and as many as 125 new students. Unfortunately, experience has taught them — and leaders of other school districts

  • Editorials | August 25, 2015

    Repeal tax lid on local governments

    The Riley County Commission is absolutely right to try to nudge the Kansas Association of Counties to seek legislation that would repeal the tax lid the Kansas Legislature has imposed on local governments. Trouble is, the conservatives who control the Legislature and are convinced they

  • Editorials | August 24, 2015

    Heroic act shines over troubled world

    Apart from some timely heroism aboard a train in France, it hasn’t been a good few days for the world.  A sampling of recent or lingering woes: • Stock markets across the globe have plummeted, with the drops attributed to concerns about China’s

  • Editorials | August 22, 2015

    Turn recreation plans into reality

    As gratifying as was the City Commission’s acceptance Tuesday of a plan to improve and expand Manhattan’s recreation facilities, acceptance was just one step, and not the most challenging one. The plan — called the Strategic Facilities Improvement Plan — includes four ranked priorities, all

  • Editorials | August 21, 2015

    College Republicans call for change

    Three cheers for the Kansas Federation of College Republicans. That organization, which has chapters at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Wichita State and multiple other colleges and universities, has adopted a resolution calling for repeal of the death penalty in Kansas. The federation’


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