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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | March 19, 2016

    Range would deepen ties with Fort Riley

    In recent months, Fort Riley has sounded more neighborly than ever. We’re about to see the extent of that neighborliness, and we want to encourage everyone involved to make the best of it. Riley County Police Department officials last week announced that they have

  • Editorials | March 18, 2016

    Senate should at least give Garland hearing

    President Barack Obama has done his duty in choosing the moderate and highly qualified federal appellate Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for Supreme Court justice. Now the GOP-held Senate should fulfill its duty and at least give Garland a hearing. Republican leaders on Wednesday

  • Editorials | March 17, 2016

    Government still not open enough

    Across the country, for people who care about such things, this is Sunshine Week. Most people take for granted the idea that our government operates out in the open. Oh, they have a vague idea that some information is kept secret – plans about how we’

  • Editorials | March 16, 2016

    Trump would be a source of turmoil

    With Tuesday’s primary victories Donald Trump’s GOP nomination appears all but certain. A view to what a Trump presidency might look like seems appropriate. The New York billionaire is not Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini, but his bullying, divisive tactics bring those evil

  • Editorials | March 15, 2016

    A decent idea likely to go nowhere

    In the Kansas Legislature these days, if the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the conservative organization Americans for Prosperity oppose a bill, its chances of passing are slim. Such is the case with a proposal from Rep. Mark Hutton, a Wichita Republican who wants to

  • Editorials | March 14, 2016

    Attention shifts to NCAA brackets

    In terms of basketball, it’s a time for a glance back at a slew of exciting state high school tournaments that drew participants from all corners of the state, and a time to fill out brackets for one of the nation’s most popular

  • Editorials | March 12, 2016

    Efficiency… or a power grab?

    There’s no reason to doubt that some of the emails from opponents of a proposal to transfer authority for education finance policy from the Kansas Board of Education to the Kansas governor were, as state Sen. Ty Masterson said, “angry” and “vile.” To many

  • Editorials | March 11, 2016

    Westar wants yet another increase

    It sure didn’t take Westar Energy long to ask for another rate increase. The Kansas utility company, which was granted a rate increase by the Kansas Corporation Commission just last fall, is now seeking an increase of $25 million. That’s a comparatively modest boost,

  • Editorials | March 10, 2016

    Washington slow to react to Zika

    The recent news about the Zika virus hasn’t left much cause for cheer. International public health officials now say they suspect that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than was initially believed. Also, Zika is linked with another medical problem — Guillain-Barre syndrome —

  • Editorials | March 09, 2016

    A notable move by GOP senators

    At last, some common sense is emerging among Republicans in the Kansas Senate. Three state senators, including Jeff King of Independence, who is vice president of the Senate, have proposed substantially scaling back the income-tax exemptions granted to about 330,000 business owners and farmers. The three


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