Sunday, May 29, 2016



Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | April 23, 2016

    What will it take, Gov. Brownback?

    Kansas is a long way from the high seas in the 19th century, yet Gov. Sam Brownback and his obsession with protecting the 2012 income tax cuts calls to mind Capt. Ahab’s obsession with Moby Dick, the great white whale that bit off his leg.

  • Editorials | April 22, 2016

    Earth is our home; let’s take care of it

    We’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day, the inspiration in 1970 of U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, an environmentalist, and others who hoped to raise public awareness about our planet, its fragility and its resources. That was back before laptops, smart phones,

  • Editorials | April 21, 2016

    Currency changes all appropriate

    Folks who are convinced that the government doesn’t get anything right ought to think again. The U.S. Treasury Department couldn’t have been more right in deciding that the image of Harriet Tubman belongs on the front of the $20 bill. Ms. Tubman was

  • Editorials | April 20, 2016

    Better late than never

    It would have been more helpful a year or even two years ago, but growing concern among conservative Republicans about Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies is welcome. Much of the concern is pragmatic: legislators, many of whom have been political allies of Gov. Brownback,

  • Editorials | April 19, 2016

    Costs of bigotry can take many forms

    Identical bills linger in Kansas legislative committees — one in the Senate and one in the House — that ought to be tossed into the trash. These bills would require transgender students in Kansas schools — even on university campuses — to use the restrooms of the gender they

  • Editorials | April 18, 2016

    Will millennials thwart Republicans?

    Margaret Hoover and John Avlon didn’t break much new ground in their analysis of America’s two political parties and the upcoming election, but they were both insightful and entertaining during their Landon Lecture Friday in McCain Auditorium. Unfortunately, in a nation as politically

  • Editorials | April 16, 2016

    For fighting those grass fires… thanks

    Whether the smoke has come from those huge blazes in south-central Kansas or one of the local burns, pasture fires have again changed our sky, our sunsets and our air quality in recent weeks. Aren’t you glad you’re not out in smoky pastures

  • Editorials | April 15, 2016

    Myers knows KSU, and how to lead

    Serving as interim president at Kansas State University won’t be the most hazardous duty Gen. Richard B. Myers will have performed in his long and distinguished career, but that doesn’t make it any less important to the university, its alumni and the state

  • Editorials | April 15, 2016

    A cure for affluenza?

    Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, Ethan Couch, better known as the “affluenza teen,” might not like being treated as an adult as much as he enjoyed being spoiled as an adolescent. Though still a teen — he’s 19 — Mr. Couch, is finally facing some

  • Editorials | April 14, 2016

    Navy passes Putin’s test in Baltic

    The headline in Britain’s Daily Mail of a story about the incident this week in the Baltic Sea in which Russian jets repeatedly buzzed a U.S. destroyer called to mind America’s Republican presidential primary, particularly the frontrunner, Donald Trump. “You started it!”


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