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Editorials

  • Wise words from Fitzwater

    Marlin Fitzwater has long been one of our favorite individuals, and only a small fraction of that has to do with the fact that he once — decades ago — was a Mercury employee. Rather, as have other Kansans, he demonstrated that .

  • Time to sample alternatives to festivals

    Perhaps it’s unwise to second-guess the Kansas Sampler Foundation, which has sponsored a string of successful festivals in Kansas communities, including a record-breaking stint in Wamego the last two years. But it’s hard not to wonder why the .

  • A second chance for Huelskamp

    Last week was a good one for Tim Huelskamp, who represents Kansas’ 1st Congressional District, which includes Manhattan, in Congress. Whether what’s good for Rep. Huelskamp is also good for Kansas, however, remains to be seen. Rep. Huelskamp’s .

  • Merkel deserving of Time honor

    Donald Trump has called Angela Merkel “insane.” Atypically, for him at least, he didn’t call her a “loser,” a category into which he’d put the many billions of humans with whom he so graciously shares the planet. That’.

  • Pools could benefit from modest tweaks

    It’s disappointing that fewer people visited the city’s pools last summer, and further disappointing that the $62,000 boost in revenue last summer was more than offset by an increase of more than $205,000 in expenses. The upshot was that overall .

  • A citizenship test for Americans?

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is understandably concerned about Americans’ ignorance about how our government works, and he’s smart enough to know at least one way to address it. He thinks a good start would be ensuring that American-born .

  • Adapt Visa Waiver Program

    Concern about a refugee program that might have let as many as 2,000 Syrians into the United States in recent years has some validity if one assumes that the refugees intend to harm this country. Concern about fiancée visas, given .

  • Obama’s approach direct, reasonable

    President Barack Obama’s brief address to the nation Sunday night might not have been all it could have been, but neither did it deserve instant denunciation from Republican candidates for president. Donald Trump, still the GOP frontrunner, in part .

  • Open police files on resolved cases

    A Linwood, Kansas, couple still grieving and seeking answers after the disappearance of their son 27 years ago shouldn’t have to wonder forever whether law enforcement authorities did everything they could to resolve the case or whether there are new .

  • The scenic long and winding road

    We’re attracted to the idea of the Native Stone Scenic Byway extending into Riley County and are gratified that Riley County commissioners agree. In a 2-1 vote Monday, the commission voted to extend the byway from the Riley County .

  • More U.S. ‘boots,’ more RAF strikes

    What impact either move will make is yet to be seen — and how widely supported they are is unclear — but both the United States and England are escalating their efforts to fight the Islamic State. In a 397-223 vote, Britain’.

  • Is exceeding projections enough?

    Whether the revenue cup in Kansas is half-full or half-empty depends in large part on one’s politics. For the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback, the $8 million by which state revenue in November exceeded expectations is cause for optimism. Said .


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