• Lawmakers should call governor’s bluff

    The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature would do the citizens of this state a great service if lawmakers were to call Gov. Sam Brownback’s bluff and increase business taxes. A legislative tax bill, whose chief merit would be to make up .

  • Patriot Act went too far

    When Americans wake up Monday, the Patriot Act won’t be the same. Barring action today by the U.S. Senate, several key provisions, including a provision known as Section 215, will have expired. That’s hardly a tragedy. The Patriot .

  • Court storming could get costly

    Lest there be any doubt, any Big 12 Conference university that allows its fans to storm a basketball court or even rush an athletic field after a game does so at its peril. Although an effective ban was widely assumed after .

  • Putin and FIFA

    Russian President Vladimir Putin knows a thing or two about meddling and corruption. He’s seized Crimea from Ukraine, is trying to take other parts of Ukraine and covets the Baltic nations as well. He’s also meddled with great .

  • National security a constant endeavor

    Area residents on Wednesday received a double dose of the federal government’s efforts to protect Americans from whatever threats arise in the 21st century. Perhaps the most awaited event was the formal groundbreaking for NBAF — the National Bio- and .

  • Change will depend on Republicans

    A petition containing 38,000 signatures on some 3,600 pages sounds impressive, no matter what it’s for or against. But the one taking issue with Gov. Sam Brownback’s policies and that was taken to the Statehouse Friday didn’t have nearly .

  • Enjoy slower pace while it lasts

    Though recent rains have caused their share of excitement, particularly for residents trying to dry out their basements, they haven’t been able to keep the annual calm from descending on our fair city. We refer, of course, to the .

  • Rout at Ramadi renews war debate

    President Barack Obama’s strategy announced last September “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State doesn’t seem to be working. Trouble is, short of committing large numbers of American troops — something the president says he won’t do .

  • A time to honor great sacrifice

    Memorial Day is upon us. As sacred an occasion as there is on our national calendar, Monday is a day for Americans to pause in honor of those who have died in service to our country. It is an opportunity .

  • Maybe long break will spur action

    We’re ambivalent about the Kansas Legislature’s decision to take a long —  as in four-day — weekend before returning next Tuesday to take another crack at resolving the $406 million shortfall and approving a budget for the coming year. We’.

  • Lawmakers reject the best solution

    The lengths that Kansas legislators will go to offset a roughly $400 million budget shortfall while protecting the income tax cuts they approved in 2012 and 2013 are nothing short of amazing. The Kansas Senate, for example, is considering a bill that, among .

  • Kids will find ways to have fun

    Thursday, the last day of school for thousands of Manhattan children, is a big day indeed. And with less than three months before most students return to the classroom, they’d better get busy. Many families will take family vacations, .


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