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  • 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

  • Editorials | July 29, 2014

    Ebola isn’t just an African problem

    The headline in the online version of USA Today on Monday was chilling: “ Ebola only a plane flight away from the USA.” Ebola, which conjures up images of personnel in “moonsuits,” is among the deadliest viral illnesses on the planet. There is no vaccine, little

  • Editorials | July 28, 2014

    Closing in on an overhaul of the VA?

    Although tentative agreements in Washington, D.C., often don’t amount to much, there’s reason for optimism that one worked out over the weekend between key House and Senate leaders might hold up. Perhaps the primary reason is that this deal is intended to

  • Editorials | July 27, 2014

    Partnership fosters success for youth

    Youth in the Manhattan area have it pretty good. They might not all know it, but they have opportunities that kids in a lot of other places don’t get. Not that area children are more loved than children elsewhere. That isn’t the case.

  • Editorials | July 24, 2014

    A flat mill levy isn’t sacred

    We appreciate city commissioners’ efforts to prevent the mill levy from rising. We share residents’ disdain for tax increases. But although a flat mill levy is a worthy goal, it’s not sacred. Nor is it commissioners’ job to keep it from rising. Commissioners’ job

  • Editorials | July 23, 2014

    When push comes to shove…

    As political statements go, the Second Amendment Protection Act, which the Kansas Legislature approved in 2013, doesn’t bother with subtlety. It was an act of defiance of the Obama administration’s efforts to strengthen gun laws in response to more mass murders than most Americans

  • Editorials | July 21, 2014

    It’s Fair Week in Riley County

    It’s late July, it’s hot — but it’s supposed to be hot — and final preparations are under way for one of the community’s can’t-miss annual events, the Riley County Fair. If experience is any guide, there will be plenty to see

  • Editorials | July 20, 2014

    Republican divide grows wider

    We’re not sure how former U.S. Rep. Jan Meyers, a Republican who also was a Kansas state senator from the Kansas City area, was included in a list of current and former Republican officials who are supporting Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis’ bid to

  • Editorials | July 18, 2014

    Putin too quick to blame Ukraine

    It didn’t take Russian President Vladimir Putin long to get defensive and defiant about the downing of a Malaysian commercial jet over eastern Ukraine and the deaths of everyone on board Thursday. Said President Putin: “… this tragedy would not have occurred if there was


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