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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | November 28, 2014

    Lights, shopping, giving — holidays

    It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving and as good a time as any to pause before the frenzy resumes. We hope the crowds who Thursday evening formed the first wave of the Black Friday storm found what they were looking for and at prices that

  • Editorials | November 27, 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving

    It’s become difficult to even think about Thanksgiving without such thoughts being interrupted by the retail side of this unique holiday. Once, of course, there wasn’t much business conducted on Thanksgiving. Then Black Friday became big business. It became so big that it

  • Editorials | November 26, 2014

    Delay shouldn’t slow NBAF

    One can appreciate the caution that led Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, to persuade other state leaders on Monday to postpone approval to issue bonds for NBAF until the state has stronger assurances that its financial commitment won’t exceed $307 million. There

  • Editorials | November 25, 2014

    Don’t consolidate Kansas elections

    Consolidating elections — moving spring municipal and school board elections to the fall — was a lousy idea last year and it’s a lousy idea this year. Unfortunately, that hasn’t kept the Kansas Legislature from considering the idea. At a legislative committee hearing last week,

  • Editorials | November 24, 2014

    An opportunity to right a wrong

    The Kansas Court of Appeals acted wisely in overturning the sentence 21st District Judge John Bosch issued to Miles Theurer in connection with an incident that left two people dead and several others injured in May 2012. Mr. Theurer’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal

  • Editorials | November 23, 2014

    Merrick’s scorn for state workers

    Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, didn’t quite apologize for his insults last week about state employees, but in saying his earlier remarks were “poorly phrased and poorly contextualized,” he’s gone about as far as he is likely to. To actually

  • Editorials | November 21, 2014

    Highway program bank to open soon

    To protect recent income-tax cuts, including exempting almost 200,000 businesses altogether, Kansas legislators are turning their attention to money set aside for state highway projects. Though not necessary, it was probably inevitable. It’s not necessary because scaling back the overly aggressive tax cuts would go

  • Editorials | November 20, 2014

    Small businesses have much to offer

    Ready or not, the holidays are here. Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is just five weeks away. Each year polling agencies and the National Retail Federation make projections about how the coming season will be compared to previous years and even how much money

  • Editorials | November 19, 2014

    U.S. right to refuse to pay ransom

    If the Islamic State threatened to kill a relative of yours unless it received tens of millions of dollars in ransom, you would do anything within your power to find the money. Anything within our power is what we do for loved ones. That includes

  • Editorials | November 18, 2014

    Some smoking bans go too far

    The world is full of surprises. For instance, this morning we were surprised to learn that Dallas — yes, Big D Dallas — is preparing an ordinance to ban smoking in its 381 city parks. The Dallas Parks and Recreation Board has voted unanimously to ask staff to

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