There’s plenty not to like about the state budget that Kansas Senate and House conferees agreed to Monday. Among its chief flaws is that it relies too heavily on shuffling funds around to offset a projected $200 million shortfall. Another .
Hats off to the FBI and other federal officials for their restrained handling of the occupation by armed activists of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. The last four militants surrendered peacefully Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff. Those last four .
Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce President Lyle Butler didn’t break a lot of new ground on the topic of regionalism last week, but his comments to the Riley County Commission were nevertheless appropriate. In short, he said the Manhattan .
The Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that the Legislature’s block-grant education funding method is unconstitutionally inequitable couldn’t have been much of a surprise, even to the method’s architects. They sought to save money by disingenuously saying .
Landlords aren’t thrilled — they rarely are when rental oversight is the topic — but the Manhattan City Commission was correct Tuesday to decide to take another crack at rental inspections. Wisely, commissioners are moving incrementally, directing staff to develop an .
President Barack Obama’s proposed $10 fee on a barrel of oil as part of his next budget isn’t fully thought out, but it deserves better than the kneejerk partisan denunciation it’s gotten from Republicans. Then again, Congressional Republicans .
Three cheers for Riley County Commissioners Bob Boyd and Ron Wells, and one jeer for Commissioner Ben Wilson, who chairs the board that sets policies for this county. Well, it sets most policies. County commissions across Kansas don’t have .
The proposal to allow for the prosecution of teachers for presenting what some contend is harmful material is back in the Kansas Legislature. Unfortunately, it’s no better an idea this year than it was last year. The bill is .
Kansas needs more individuals like Manhattan resident John Armbrust, who last week announced that he would resign in April as executive director of the Governor’s Military Council. He is quick to credit others — state and local officials, Fort Riley .
Advocates of an independent judiciary in Kansas can breathe a little easier today now that the most recent attempt to give the governor greater control of the Kansas Supreme Court has failed. Kansas House members indeed supported a constitutional amendment .
Much has been made of the fact that this year’s Super Bowl is the golden one, celebrating the game’s 50th anniversary; that’s why the 50-yard lines in NFL stadiums were painted gold this year. As for the .
Legislation that fosters open government is good both for citizens and the legislators who represent them. Thus it is gratifying that several proposals to improve transparency in the Kansas Legislature and throughout governments in this state have the support of .
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