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  • Editorials | July 12, 2014

    Wheat yields have grown dramatically

    Interesting historical note that’s worthy of reflection: Kansas had a bumper wheat crop in 1889. Fields produced about 19.2 bushels per acre, a figure that wasn’t beaten until 1914, when the yield hit 20 bushels per acre. We note this because it was prominently published in an

  • Editorials | July 11, 2014

    Take a lesson from Texas

    We’d like to advise the leaders of the Kansas system of higher education: Don’t mess with Texas. University of Texas President Bill Powers was kicked out of office Thursday in a complicated political wrestling match with Gov. Rick Perry and his allies. Powers

  • Editorials | July 10, 2014

    Smartphones? Give us a break ...

    Let’s give credit to a Kansas State University doctoral student, Sooyeol Kim, for conducting some timely and interesting research. He has examined the phenomenon of workers taking “microbreaks” to fiddle around with their smartphones. Obviously, that’s relevant to lots of people’s daily

  • Editorials | July 07, 2014

    Competition good for Huelskamp

    We’re glad that 1st District Rep. Tim Huelskamp faces opposition in both the Republican primary and the general elections. We’re glad not because we disagree with many of his positions — though we do — but because voters benefit when incumbents must do more than

  • Editorials | July 06, 2014

    Teaching changes can be beneficial

    We hope the Kansas National Education Association is as good as its word in saying it wants to be part of solutions “that make sense for students.” That comment came last week from KNEA spokesman Marcus Baltzell, who was referring to new state teaching license

  • Editorials | July 04, 2014

    It’s a great day to be an American

    As Americans celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday anniversary, we have plenty to argue about, and many of the topics involve our government. Our bureaucracy is choking us. Our leaders are ignoring us. They’re all crooked. Our government is so preoccupied with partisan infighting

  • Editorials | July 03, 2014

    Discovery Center has work to do

    The Manhattan City Commission acted prudently Tuesday in rejecting an increase in the transient guest tax to boost the subsidy for the Flint Hills Discovery Center. The transient guest tax is the so-called bed tax that is added to the bills of motel and hotel

  • Editorials | July 02, 2014

    Unanimity bolsters cell phone ruling

    Americans’ privacy might not yet be extinct, but it’s endangered, in part because of the choices we make on a daily basis. But the Supreme Court last week shored it up in an area of increasing importance in this digital age. The justices ruled

  • Editorials | July 01, 2014

    Disappointing, but not tragic

    It’s unfortunate that unless something dramatic happens, there will be no major Fourth of July fireworks show in Manhattan for the first time in years. It’s disappointing, but it’s not a tragedy. Folks who want to see a big fireworks show can

  • Editorials | June 30, 2014

    Be safe, considerate with fireworks

    Most of the time, the rat-a-tat-tats and window-rattling booms we hear on a daily basis emanate from Fort Riley. They’re the sounds of freedom. This week we will hear plenty of other booms and rat-a-tat-tats — fireworks. They, too, are the sounds of freedom, though


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