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  • Editorials | August 17, 2014

    Aggieville businesses rose to the occasion

    New Year’s Eve is more than four months away, yet there’s already reason to break out the noisemakers. Aggieville businesses have stepped forward with a commitment to underwrite the event, which has been a fixture in the entertainment district for more than a

  • Editorials | August 15, 2014

    A modest measure of justice

    We doubt many Americans can identify Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. Then again, millions of Americans have never heard of the Khmer Rouge, don’t know where Cambodia is and weren’t alive in the late 1970s. Even young Americans might, however, have heard of

  • Editorials | August 14, 2014

    Small colleges, big impact

    When one private college in Kansas toots its horn, it doesn’t always make a lot of noise. But when 18 of them do so together, the impact can be mighty impressive — almost $1 billion worth. The Kansas Independent College Association consists of 18 private colleges and universities

  • Editorials | August 13, 2014

    Air quality monitor’s absence inexcusable

    We’re not quite sure what to make of the Kansas Sierra Club’s allegations about the removal of an air quality monitor outside of Manhattan in April 2013. But given the annual burning of grasslands all around this town each spring, Manhattan certainly ought to

  • Editorials | August 12, 2014

    SEC, Kansas reach fair settlement

    The State of Kansas did about as well as could be expected in settling a federal securities fraud charge without having to admit or deny the specific findings and without having to pay any penalties. The charge stemmed from the summer of 2009 to the summer

  • Editorials | August 11, 2014

    It’s not football season quite yet

    The United States is launching air strikes in northern Iraq, the record Ebola outbreak threatens to spread from West Africa, Russia is still trying to rule Ukraine and the Israelis and Palestinians seem to be waiting for each other to break the latest cease-fire. Area

  • Editorials | August 10, 2014

    Suddenly, again, it’s time for school

    A lot of students on Tuesday will be wondering where their classrooms are and where they’re supposed to stash their stuff. A lot of parents, meanwhile, will be wondering what happened to summer. Summer flew by. It always does. But how it suddenly vanished

  • Editorials | August 08, 2014

    Russia’s sanctions won’t hurt… much

    Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly kicked up some dust Wednesday when he responded to sanctions Western nations had leveled against Russia with sanctions of his own against them. However, their impact, at least on the United States, is expected to be modest. Russia is banning

  • Editorials | August 07, 2014

    ‘Tax inversion’ bigger than Walgreens

    As it turns out, the “corner of happy and healthy’ will not, as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois recently speculated, be “somewhere in the Swiss Alps.” Walgreens, whose ads tout it as “the corner of happy and healthy,” will be happy for the

  • Editorials | August 06, 2014

    Now, on to the general election

    Among our assorted thoughts on Tuesday’s primary election is that Riley County voters somehow managed to live down to expectations. As it turns out, Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo’s projection of 20-percent turnout was too optimistic. Unofficial results put turnout at a meager 16.86


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