• If you can’t beat ’em, impeach ’em

    The conservative Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature and the governor’s office won’t be happy until they also control the Kansas Supreme Court. There is no other explanation for a bill the Senate Judiciary Committee considered Thursday that .

  • Focus on streets is appropriate

    Few people who drive or ride a bicycle in Manhattan would second-guess the finding in a community survey of residents that our streets should receive the most attention from city leaders in the next three years. Nor is it a .

  • Fake Patty’s Day

    On this day before Fake Patty’s Day, all manner of creatures will be stirring in preparation for Saturday’s festivities. Manhattan residents with little interest in crowds and boozing it up will be headed away from Aggieville, while partiers, .

  • State tax policy is indeed the culprit

    There’s plenty not to like about Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to immediately cut $17 million from the budgets of Board of Regents universities, including $4.9 million out of Kansas State University’s present spending plan. For one, this action comes .

  • Join exercises in democracy

    A couple of weeks ago Jean H. Lee, president of the League of Women voters, wrote a letter urging area residents — actually all Kansans — to participate in party presidential caucuses. At the time, the caucus date, March 5, seemed well into .

  • For schools, costs are an investment

    The amount of money the state and four Kansas school districts have spent on a long-running school finance lawsuit is impressive, and depressing. But the sum doesn’t approach the level of cynicism exhibited by the Brownback administration, which has .

  • A modest victory for counties

    The Kansas Supreme Court struck a modest blow for tax fairness last week in ruling unconstitutional a 2014 law that gave favorable treatment to property taxpayers whose appraisal appeals were successful. The law provided a two-year moratorium on increases in valuation .

  • Kansas education legacy strong

    February is the anniversary of historic legislation that created Kansas’ public education system and higher education institutions. Teacher preparation programs forever linked colleges and the public schools, and fortunately, education has always been paramount in Kansas and the country, even .

  • How high must the water get?

    The report earlier this week that sea levels have risen faster in the last century than they did in roughly the last 2,800 years didn’t, if you’ll pardon us, make much of a splash. It should have. Twenty-eight centuries, .

  • We’ll take the ACLU, League, thank you

    Perhaps someday in this space, we will have reason to praise Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Today is not that day. Mr. Kobach, who has busied himself helping other states discriminate against immigrants — legal as well as illegal, who wants .

  • Republican senators are out of line

    While the success Donald Trump is having campaigning against Washington is in some ways mystifying, in other ways it couldn’t be more predictable. On Tuesday, for example, Republican senators made clear that they would do whatever they need to .

  • ‘Revenge porn’ should be illegal

    Sydney Carlin, a Democrat who represents much of Manhattan in the Kansas Legislature, is nothing if not persistent; it’s a trait that’s essential in a chamber dominated by Republicans. And it served her well this week as House .


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