Editorials

  • Instead of talk, how about money?

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s education advice gets cheaper by the word. It lost a little more value Tuesday when he was offering the state’s school districts some tips on how to improve the education they deliver to their students. .

  • Healthy river more precious than gold

    Any visitor to Colorado who has ridden the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train should remember the Animas River, and might even have taken dramatic photos or video of it as the train chugged along high above the gorge. .

  • Westar right to trim its request

    Westar Energy gave its 700,000 customers reason to smile when the company agreed last week to trim its most recent rate increase request by nearly half. Westar earlier this year had sought a rate increase of $152 million, to address costs associated .

  • GOP debate lively, entertaining

    The first Republican debates on Thursday were only modestly informative but plenty entertaining. It was abundantly clear that most of the candidates had a couple points they wanted to make and a barb or two they hoped would be memorable. .

  • ‘Bureaucratic’ mistakes matter

    The headline at the top of Wednesday’s USA Today was alarming: “Bioterror lab faced secret sanctions.” The subhead offered no consolation: “Kansas State facility repeatedly violated safety rules, feds say.” Troubling indeed. That’s the kind of story that .

  • Good riddance to $25 ATM limit

    The punitive and insulting $25 daily limit on how much Kansans who receive cash assistance from the state could withdraw from ATMs is gone — done away with before it even took effect. Good. Phyllis Gilmore, secretary of the Kansas Department for .

  • Ebola vaccine shows value of collaboration

    It isn’t often that medical personnel have trouble containing their enthusiasm about a breakthrough, but the Ebola vaccine announced Friday has generated justifiable excitement. As Jeremy Farr, director of the Wellcome Trust, wrote in the Guardian, “I normally like .

  • School year isn’t here quite yet

    Manhattan students who think the school year is upon them ought to be glad they’re not teachers. Students still have two full weeks of summer, which might seem like the blink of an eye to them (but might be .

  • Voter ID law impact is worth knowing

    Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proud of the voter ID law he ushered through the Kansas Legislature. Considered one of the strictest in the nation, he considers it an important safeguard against voter fraud. That might well be, but .

  • Suddenly… or not, Mullah Omar is gone

    Reports of Mullah Omar’s death that surfaced this week might not be premature, but they are accompanied by contradictions and unanswered questions. The mysterious Mullah Omar may have been dead for two years, although that, like much else associated .

  • Pollard was a spy, not a victim

    Jonathan Pollard, who betrayed his country while working as a Navy intelligence analyst in the 1980s, is about to be released on parole. Although 30 years, which is what he will have served when he is released, is probably long enough, .

  • Everybody Counts isn’t just a slogan

    “If you need help please come. If you can help, please come. This event is for everyone.” So said the Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, pastor at the First United Methodist Church, about Everybody Counts, a gathering Saturday at which literally everyone .


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