Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | April 15, 2016

    A cure for affluenza?

    Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, Ethan Couch, better known as the “affluenza teen,” might not like being treated as an adult as much as he enjoyed being spoiled as an adolescent. Though still a teen — he’s 19 — Mr. Couch, is finally facing some

  • Editorials | April 14, 2016

    Navy passes Putin’s test in Baltic

    The headline in Britain’s Daily Mail of a story about the incident this week in the Baltic Sea in which Russian jets repeatedly buzzed a U.S. destroyer called to mind America’s Republican presidential primary, particularly the frontrunner, Donald Trump. “You started it!”

  • Editorials | April 13, 2016

    Brownback’s veto ill serves Kansans

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s respect for individual property rights is duly noted, but he erred in vetoing a bill that would have made it easier for cities to confront blight by taking over abandoned properties. As he noted in his veto message, “Property rights serve

  • Editorials | April 12, 2016

    Planet finder answers the call

    The resurrection, or perhaps just the reawakening, of the Kepler spacecraft in recent days doesn’t have quite the drama of the return of the Apollo 13 moon mission, which unfolded 36 years ago this week. But Kepler is worth noting, and not just because contemplating events 75

  • Editorials | April 11, 2016

    Delaying payment is no solution

    It didn’t take Gov. Sam Brownback long to use the authority the Legislature gave him earlier this session to delay a quarterly payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. On Friday, in fact, the governor and budget director Shawn Sullivan announced a delay

  • Editorials | April 09, 2016

    Funding proposal not good for schools

    The chairmen of the Kansas House and Senate Education committees have come up with a school finance proposal that would limit state funding to “instruction,” eliminate state support for almost all other school activities, cut almost $400 million from the existing funding level and almost double

  • Editorials | April 08, 2016

    Airlines aren’t in the comfort business

    Don’t expect any more wiggle room on airlines — in the seats or in terms of legroom. The most recent opportunity for that crashed Thursday when the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration that would have imposed

  • Editorials | April 07, 2016

    Antidiscrimination consensus gratifying

    The support evident Tuesday evening among Manhattan city commissioners for banning discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity was gratifying. That not a single commissioner opposed the concept should help with what will likely be a complicated chore of coming up

  • Editorials | April 06, 2016

    EU’s action flawed but understandable

    It’s hard to listen to presidential candidates lament America’s immigration problems without our thoughts drifting across the Atlantic Ocean, where there is an immigration crisis worthy of the name. It’s been described as the biggest immigration crisis since World War II; by

  • Editorials | April 05, 2016

    Health rankings are snapshots

    Which is worse, falling from No. 1 to No. 14 in a category called “health outcomes” or dropping from 14th to 55th — from the upper echelon to the lower half — in quality of life? Though being the best at anything is, well, best, the quality of life

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