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  • Editorials | March 17, 2014

    ‘Madness’ begins in St. Louis

    Two weekends of statewide basketball interest in a row! What a treat. Last weekend, of course, high school teams — including a slew of them from our area — competed in state championship tournaments in cities all over the state. Unfortunately, none of the local teams involved

  • Editorials | March 16, 2014

    A bad idea, a mysterious group

    First things first. The idea of making the head of the Riley County Police Department an elected rather than an appointed position ought to be quashed quickly. One of the present arrangement’s strengths is that the post is not subject — at least not much —

  • Editorials | March 14, 2014

    Leave sex education up to local boards

    Kansas lawmakers, hypersensitive about anything resembling a federal mandate, don’t mind interfering with local governing bodies. One example this session involves sex education. Specifically, it involves a bill that would require that parents consent in writing before their children can receive sex education or

  • Editorials | March 14, 2014

    It’s about time raffles were legal

    It has been odd, even hypocritical, for a state that since 1986 has sponsored a lottery and that now permits and profits from casino gambling to prohibit raffles. Thus, it was good to see the Kansas Senate this week overwhelmingly approve a measure that would allow

  • Editorials | March 13, 2014

    Primary objectives

    It’s no great surprise that the Kansas Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would prohibit Kansans from switch political parties between June 1 and Sept. 1. Nor would it be surprising, in the unlikely event that Democrats controlled the Kansas Legislature, for them to support

  • Editorials | March 12, 2014

    ‘Navigator’ bill is a ‘political statement’

    So much for the notion that the Kansas Supreme Court ruling on school finance would redirect legislators’ focus from petty to pertinent legislation in the second half of the 2014 session. To be fair, lawmakers aren’t ignoring school finance. But neither is that issue getting

  • Editorials | March 11, 2014

    Legislative TV not quite ‘must-see’

    We’re under no illusion that a proposal for live streaming of at least some hearings of the Kansas Legislature will transform that body’s members into outstanding statesmen. Nevertheless, the proposal is worthy of support because it would make the Legislature at least a

  • Editorials | March 10, 2014

    Championship aspirations

    Area basketball fans needn’t wait for the NCAA tournaments to satisfy their postseason basketball fix. There are eight area teams — six high school girls teams and two boys teams — worth following. Three of the girls teams — Manhattan, Wamego and Riley County — are league champions

  • Editorials | March 09, 2014

    Funding inequities must be addressed

    The Kansas Supreme Court took a couple of important steps Friday in its long-awaited school finance ruling. First, justices unanimously found school funding to be unconstitutionally inequitable. Appropriately, they ordered the Kansas Legislature by July 1 to boost funding for the state’s poorer districts enough

  • Editorials | March 07, 2014

    Ray’s has been a good neighbor

    We don’t like to see any business shut its doors. Not only must its patrons find another shopping option, but closing is unsettling for employees. And when a business that’s closing down is one of the places we frequent, the loss feels, well,

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