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  • Editorials | April 11, 2014

    Sebelius steps down

    After the public relations fiasco — and the disservice to American health care consumers — that defined the Obamacare rollout, it was a matter of time before former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius resigned as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Exactly what went wrong

  • Editorials | April 11, 2014

    DeBacker will be missed

    The resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius understandably garners most of the attention, but the state is losing the services of another capable woman. We’re referring to Diane DeBacker, a career teacher and education administrator who on Wednesday announced her resignation

  • Editorials | April 10, 2014

    Imagine our towns without volunteers

    We’re delighted to have published in recent days letters from several area residents discussing the contributions that volunteers bring to their organizations. Lori Bishop, executive director of RSVP, outlined a variety of roles volunteers play in her and other organizations. Fred Goss, director of

  • Editorials | April 09, 2014

    MHS again rises to the challenge

    Congratulations are in order — again — to Manhattan High School for having been named to the Washington Post’s annual list of America’s most challenging high schools. That this is the sixth consecutive year MHS has made the list reflects the school’s consistent excellence,

  • Editorials | April 08, 2014

    An encouraging sign in a dangerous place

    By American standards, or those in most European democracies, the run-up to last weekend’s presidential election in Afghanistan and the polling itself were unacceptably violent. At least 20 people, mostly military personnel and police officers, were killed Saturday — election day. At least 43 others, mostly civilians,

  • Editorials | April 07, 2014

    Will being a good teacher be enough?

    Teacher tenure in the Kansas public school system is perhaps the chief casualty of the school finance bill that both houses of the Kansas Legislature approved over the weekend and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback. Under existing law, when a school district wants to terminate

  • Editorials | April 06, 2014

    There isn’t much momentum yet

    The news from the recent report comparing our state’s rebound from the economic recession from that of five states in the region wasn’t all bad. For example, Kansas last year outperformed those other states — Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas — in building permit

  • Editorials | April 04, 2014

    School finance, and then some

    We don’t know the details of the school finance bill the Kansas House of Representatives will approve, but it’s hard to imagine it being less constructive than the Senate version. The Senate bill, approved late Thursday, would increase aid to the state’s

  • Editorials | April 03, 2014

    Let’s not arrest feds for doing their jobs

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has struck again. Now he’s criticizing a House committee for not being confrontational enough in a bill that declares that the federal government has no authority to regulate Lesser Prairie Chickens or their habitat in Kansas. Mr. Kobach

  • Editorials | April 02, 2014

    Pope’s humble ways catching on

    Roman Catholic bishops, some more quickly than others, appear to be learning from the example that Pope Francis — their leader and the leader of Roman Catholics the world over — has set since he was chosen last year. This pope, unlike his predecessors, has declined to

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