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  • Editorials | August 10, 2014

    Suddenly, again, it’s time for school

    A lot of students on Tuesday will be wondering where their classrooms are and where they’re supposed to stash their stuff. A lot of parents, meanwhile, will be wondering what happened to summer. Summer flew by. It always does. But how it suddenly vanished

  • Editorials | August 08, 2014

    Russia’s sanctions won’t hurt… much

    Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly kicked up some dust Wednesday when he responded to sanctions Western nations had leveled against Russia with sanctions of his own against them. However, their impact, at least on the United States, is expected to be modest. Russia is banning

  • 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


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