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  • 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

  • Editorials | August 05, 2014

    Congress not quite ‘do nothing’

    When the motivation is strong enough, members of Congress know how to set aside their partisanship and work together. They’ve done it for generations, and they did it again late last week. Their recent motivation included both recognition that America’s veterans need attention

  • Editorials | August 04, 2014

    Why let someone else choose?

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach late last week projected voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election at 22 percent. Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo didn’t even go that high, estimating that 20 percent of Riley Countians would cast ballots. That’s pathetic, and it’s

  • Editorials | August 03, 2014

    Primary election recommendations

    After a mostly quiet primary campaign, the election to determine both parties’ nominees for various local, state and national offices is just two days away. For readers who have not already cast their ballots or not made up their minds, we offer the following thoughts

  • Editorials | August 01, 2014

    CIA badly overreaches

    We can think of five CIA employees — two lawyers and three individuals involved with information technology — who ought to be fired and perhaps face criminal charges. Also, President Barack Obama ought to consider whether to replace CIA Director John Brennan. And apart from those personnel

  • Editorials | July 31, 2014

    Congress takes highway to nowhere

    When local residents complain about potholes and other road hazards, local governments know better than to ignore them. It’s different in Washington. Congress can barely be bothered — even when lawmakers are not in a hurry to get out of town, as they are this

  • Editorials | July 30, 2014

    Will more severe sanctions work?

    The United States and the European Union, which in recent weeks levied sanctions on Russia that had more symbolism than impact, on Tuesday imposed sanctions that are worthy of the name. Long threatened, the sanctions target Russia’s state-owned banks, oil companies and weapons makers

  • Editorials | July 29, 2014

    Ebola isn’t just an African problem

    The headline in the online version of USA Today on Monday was chilling: “ Ebola only a plane flight away from the USA.” Ebola, which conjures up images of personnel in “moonsuits,” is among the deadliest viral illnesses on the planet. There is no vaccine, little

  • Editorials | July 28, 2014

    Closing in on an overhaul of the VA?

    Although tentative agreements in Washington, D.C., often don’t amount to much, there’s reason for optimism that one worked out over the weekend between key House and Senate leaders might hold up. Perhaps the primary reason is that this deal is intended to


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