Tuesday, May 5, 2015



Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | March 31, 2015

    Keep alert for motorcycles

    About as time the weather began warming up and when only the most ardent golfers considered getting out their clubs, motorcycle enthusiasts began returning to the streets. The reappearance of motorcycles on our streets is probably as reliable a sign of spring as more natural

  • Editorials | March 30, 2015

    Legislators’ candor, wisdom refreshing

    It’s too bad the Kansas Legislature doesn’t better reflect the views of its Manhattan-area members. A bigger dose of moderate wisdom — and candor of the sort evident Saturday — would be good for this state, which has been in thrall to excessively conservative ideology

  • Editorials | March 29, 2015

    Misguided bill warns Supreme Court

    The Kansas Legislature, especially the conservative Republican bloc that controls it, has been unhappy with the Kansas Supreme Court for a number of years. School finance has been the chief, but not the only, source of tension. Supreme Court rulings on school finance — which affirmed

  • Editorials | March 27, 2015

    Mandatory voting is wrong approach

    Perhaps President Barack Obama was just kidding when during a town meeting earlier this month, he tossed out the notion of trying to make voting mandatory. Maybe it was a trial balloon, a time-tested mechanism for gauging reaction to a concept. The idea merits consideration,

  • Editorials | March 26, 2015

    Specialty plates aren’t so special

    The most recent dispute over speciality license plates, which reached the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, can be as complicated as participants want it to be. But the solution seems simple. If states don’t want the controversy and lawsuits that stem from official

  • Editorials | March 25, 2015

    Riley County the picture of health

    Credit the culture, the tallgrass prairie, private and public medical care or other factors. Whatever the causes — and there are many — this corner of the Flint Hills is perhaps the healthiest area of Kansas. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of

  • Editorials | March 24, 2015

    Israel’s interference is not welcome

    U.S. officials shouldn’t feign outrage that Israel spied on the negotiations involving the United States, several other nations and Iran over Iran’s nuclear weapons development. And Israel ought to stop denying that it spied — or gathered intelligence on the negotiations any way

  • Editorials | March 23, 2015

    Will Ebola ‘be over’ by summer?

    It was one year ago today that the World Health Organization confirmed that the Ebola virus was the cause of a wave of deaths in Guinea. By then, 59 people had been killed and the virus was just gathering momentum. Actually, the outbreak is believed to

  • Editorials | March 20, 2015

    Government must let the sunshine in

    For many people, this is spring break, and that means sunshine. Sitting on a Florida beach, catching some spring-training baseball, or just getting out in the yard. It’s good. Sunshine is also healthy for the government. It’s a disinfectant. It’s the 10th

  • Editorials | March 19, 2015

    It’s time to write a history of you

    In a recent letter to the editor, Charles Kempthorne of Manhattan suggested that all of us take some time to write a few lines about our lives. We’d like to echo that thought. By “writing,” we mean actually sitting down and producing some type.


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