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  • 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’

  • Editorials | August 20, 2015

    Another stride for downtown

    Like a lot of business transactions, years could pass before it’s clear whether the city got a good deal in agreeing to amend the lease for Manhattan Town Center. As a story in Wednesday’s Mercury explained, the city, which owns the ground on

  • Editorials | August 19, 2015

    Will posturing lead to progress?

    Donald Trump has long struck us as someone who does things because he sees advantage in them — usually financial, but these days, of course, political.  Thus, we’re reluctant to give him too much credit for sparking the latest debate about immigration. For one

  • Editorials | August 18, 2015

    USD 383’s request easily justified

    Kansas school districts have long since learned that it’s tough to get money from the state. Meeting students’ needs may even have gotten more difficult with the Legislature’s adoption of the block-grant school funding method, which gives short shrift to real-life issues such

  • Editorials | August 17, 2015

    Another disaster, more heroism

    There is a world of difference between last week’s catastrophe in Tianjin, China, and the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City in 2001. One element, however, is strikingly familiar: the sacrifice of firefighters. First, a glance at some of the differences: The

  • Editorials | August 16, 2015

    Put children’s safety first

    Some Manhattan children — and parents — can’t wait for the first day of school Tuesday. Others would be happy to prolong summer by a week or two. Like it or not, the 2015-16 school year begins this week in Manhattan; schools in much of the

  • Editorials | August 14, 2015

    Terrorists with chemical weapons…

    Few contemporary fighting forces know the value of terror and are willing to use it quite like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State, better known as ISIS or simply IS, doesn’t just kill its enemies and take captives. It executes

  • Editorials | August 13, 2015

    Keeping City Pool open a good move

    As have many of the city’s pool patrons, we’ve questioned the city’s decision to all but shut down the city’s pools in mid-August. Yes, we know that’s when the school year begins, and kids can’t very well be in

  • Editorials | August 12, 2015

    Instead of talk, how about money?

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s education advice gets cheaper by the word. It lost a little more value Tuesday when he was offering the state’s school districts some tips on how to improve the education they deliver to their students. The governor said schools ought

  • Editorials | August 11, 2015

    Healthy river more precious than gold

    Any visitor to Colorado who has ridden the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train should remember the Animas River, and might even have taken dramatic photos or video of it as the train chugged along high above the gorge. Other visitors may have been


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