• 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 .

  • ‘Good government’ ideas have merit

    Democrats don’t have nearly the clout in the Kansas Legislature that Republicans do, constituting less than one-fourth of the membership in either the Senate or the House. As a result, their ideas — good and not so good — often go .

  • Dole’s achievements are genuine

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz probably won’t name any of his children after Bob Dole — unless Mr. Dole’s remarks Wednesday and last December help rather than hurt Sen. Cruz’s presidential prospects. Mr. Dole, a distinguished Kansan, was the .

  • Civilian death toll soars in Iraq

    Americans who haven’t already become numb to death tolls from conflicts in so many places across the globe that they’re hard to keep track of ought to be impressed — even staggered — by what’s taken place in Iraq .

  • Trump hasn’t won many British friends

    Perhaps worried that American lawmakers would claim the prize for doing nothing with great fanfare, members of England’s Parliament took a few hours Monday to debate whether to ban Donald Trump from their shores. Even MPs who hold Mr. .

  • Shopping elsewhere can be prudent

    The specific findings are intriguing, but there aren’t many surprises in a just-released report showing that Kansas’ sales tax on groceries is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The report, by Wichita State University’s .

  • King remains an inspiration

    Area residents join residents of other American communities this week in commemorating and celebrating the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. As in other communities, residents here will have ample occasions to gather with others in .

  • Budget leaves little room for surprises

    If all goes as the Brownback administration plans, the state at the end of this fiscal year — June 30 — will finish in the black by about $35 million. The administration also projects an ending balance of almost $88 million a year later. Doing .

  • Brownback mum on key issue

    Gov. Sam Brownback didn’t have much to say about the state budget during his State of the State address Tuesday night. In fact, he omitted it. If that sounds odd, it should, given the impact that financial matters have .


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