Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | April 27, 2014

    Another Guard unit will be a asset

    We are delighted to learn that the Kansas National Guard will be adding to its present strength in Manhattan. The addition will be in the form of the 130th Field Artillery Brigade headquarters, which will operate out of the National Guard armory on Levee Drive.

  • Editorials | April 25, 2014

    Looser gun laws won’t make us safer

    Once there was reason to believe that Americans collectively would come to our senses about guns and gun violence. If nothing else, maybe the shock of mass murders would jolt us into productive actions. Such tragedies have made household words of Columbine, Newtown, Virginia Tech

  • Editorials | April 24, 2014

    Airlines’ latest plan ill serves customers

    Funny thing about the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. It wouldn’t make the cost of air travel more transparent; it would make it murkier. That’s not the stated purpose, of course, of advocates of the bill, a group that starts with the airline industry.

  • Editorials | April 23, 2014

    IRS has a knack for scandals

    You’d think the folks at the Internal Revenue Service would be smarter. After all, the IRS is the agency Americans love to hate. You’d at least think that after being raked over the coals for bullying taxpayers a few years ago and more

  • Editorials | April 22, 2014

    Regents add insult to injury

    The Kansas Board of Regents shouldn’t be surprised that faculty at its universities feel double- crossed. The Regents last December drew up a policy on the use of social media, largely in response to an anti-NRA tweet by a journalism professor at the University

  • Editorials | April 21, 2014

    House should block mortgage fee repeal

    If the Kansas Bankers Association is so concerned about lowering fees, perhaps it ought to encourage its members to lower some of the fees they routinely charge their customers. That would likely help more Kansans than repealing the mortgage registration fee. Eliminating that fee, which

  • Editorials | April 20, 2014

    District becomes more inclusive

    We support the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education’s decision Wednesday night to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy. We do so despite some concern that including the two categories could increase the likelihood of a lawsuit against the district by someone

  • Editorials | April 18, 2014

    A second home light years away

    “Similar to dawn or dusk on a spring day,” is how Geoff Marcey, an astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley, described Kepler-186f, the most Earth-like planet that hunters and their telescopes have yet turned up. The description is certainly intriguing. Kepler-186f — so

  • Editorials | April 17, 2014

    Debt has funded great improvements

    Wynn Butler, who was installed as Manhattan’s mayor at the City Commission meeting Tuesday, is an unabashed fiscal conservative. The city needs folks in authority whose focus is on the bottom line, and Mayor Butler has shown himself to be a prudent steward. We,

  • Editorials | April 15, 2014

    Memorial for Ike a long time coming

    We’re confident that Kansans and other admirers of former President Dwight Eisenhower will one day enjoy visiting a memorial in his honor on trips to our nation’s capital. But we can’t begin to guess when that day will come. Already, plans have


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