• What Putin wants…

    What Russian President Vladimir Putin wants he gets — or takes. Well after he sent Russian troops — and tanks, helicopters and fighter jets — to Syria, Russia’s Parliament approved the move. The vote was unanimous, of course. The vote apparently was .

  • County right to seek repeal of tax lid

    Here’s hoping members of the Riley County Commission remain committed to seeking repeal of the local property tax lid that the Kansas Legislature approved in June. That action was an unnecessary provision in a bill raising sales and cigarette .

  • Mars is now a bit more habitable

    Moviegoers might disagree, but NASA’s announcement that water — salty water — exists on Mars is more important than the movie “The Martian,” which opens Friday and in which Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. Movies can .

  • A decent man, a so-so leader

    House Speaker John Boehner, who on Friday stunned Washington, D.C., with his announcement that he would leave Congress at the end of next month, is nothing if not conservative — a mainstream conservative with a solid grasp of reality. Yet .

  • Butler right to balk at RCPD raises

    The Riley County Law Board was prudent last week to table a request for extra pay for Riley County Police Department personnel who work overnight ....shifts. Not that RCPD Director Brad Schoen and assistant director John Doehling didn’t make .

  • Were lawmakers listening to Francis?

    Congressional liberals found plenty to like Thursday in Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress: He talked about wealth inequality, the death penalty, the “sacred obligation” to protect our planet’s environment and other issues. Similarly, congressional conservatives .

  • Shutdown won’t solve anything

    Tim Huelskamp, who represents Manhattan and the rest of Kansas’ 1st Congressional District in Congress, has it backward. He opened a letter Sept. 21 he wrote to President Barack Obama with the declaration: “You recently made the unprecedented threat to shut .

  • Judicial funding safe, for now

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt deserves credit for seeking a court order to protect, at least temporarily, funding for the Kansas judicial system. He filed a petition in Neosho County District Court and won a court order Tuesday that blocks .

  • Obesity getting worse, not better

    Kansas isn’t quite in the nation’s top 10, but if we keep gaining, we might get there in a year or two, depending on what other states do. Trouble is, this top 10 isn’t one any state ought to .

  • Dole’s a good man for this mission

    Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, isn’t the biggest name in a renewed effort to raise funds for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. In fact, Sen. Roberts isn’t the biggest Kansas .

  • Federal college site worthwhile

    Americans who don’t think they have enough information with which to narrow their college selection now have another option, courtesy of the federal government. The site — collegescorecard.ed.gov —  doesn’t quite compete with rankings by U.S. .

  • Muslim student deserved better

    School officials across America have difficult jobs and generally do them well. Sometimes, however, they err. And once in a while, even while erring on the side of caution, they do so spectacularly. That appears to be the case involving .


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