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  • Editorials | November 21, 2014

    Highway program bank to open soon

    To protect recent income-tax cuts, including exempting almost 200,000 businesses altogether, Kansas legislators are turning their attention to money set aside for state highway projects. Though not necessary, it was probably inevitable. It’s not necessary because scaling back the overly aggressive tax cuts would go

  • Editorials | November 20, 2014

    Small businesses have much to offer

    Ready or not, the holidays are here. Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is just five weeks away. Each year polling agencies and the National Retail Federation make projections about how the coming season will be compared to previous years and even how much money

  • Editorials | November 19, 2014

    U.S. right to refuse to pay ransom

    If the Islamic State threatened to kill a relative of yours unless it received tens of millions of dollars in ransom, you would do anything within your power to find the money. Anything within our power is what we do for loved ones. That includes

  • Editorials | November 18, 2014

    Some smoking bans go too far

    The world is full of surprises. For instance, this morning we were surprised to learn that Dallas — yes, Big D Dallas — is preparing an ordinance to ban smoking in its 381 city parks. The Dallas Parks and Recreation Board has voted unanimously to ask staff to

  • Editorials | November 17, 2014

    ISIS’ barbarism again on display

    Perhaps one day we will get used to reports that the Islamic State has beheaded yet another innocent person. Let’s hope not. Let’s hope that such killings, which President Barack Obama rightly described as acts “of pure evil,” never lose their capacity to

  • Editorials | November 16, 2014

    Tap the brakes on school bond issue

    Last week’s meeting of the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education wasn’t the first at which talk of a new bond issue surfaced. But, given the reports of crowding at the district’s elementary schools, it would seem that the talk is getting more serious.

  • Editorials | November 14, 2014

    This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

    This is no way to get things done. Against the clear wishes of Congress, President Barack Obama is said to be on the verge of taking executive action to give several million undocumented immigrants at least temporary legal status in this country. And against the

  • Editorials | November 13, 2014

    European’ space feat spectacular

    One needn’t be a rocket scientist to be impressed with what the European Space Agency has accomplished. We don’t know what tiny Philae will find, and we hope the brains at the European Space Agency find a way to anchor the lander to

  • Editorials | November 12, 2014

    Building commission approach flawed

    Residents had reason to be appalled last year when the Riley County Commission, moving toward giving itself sole authority to spend tens of millions of dollars on building projects, rejected even establishing a citizens advisory committee. Commissioner Bob Boyd who was the only member to

  • Editorials | November 11, 2014

    Kansans to pay dearly for tax cuts

    It does no good to speculate on what might have happened if the consensus financial forecast for Kansas had been known a week or two ago. Perhaps, given that Gov. Sam Brownback was re-elected and Republicans increased their majorities in both houses of the Kansas

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