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  • Editorials | November 27, 2013

    China overreaches on air space claim

    We were glad that two U.S. Air Force B-52s earlier this week flew over the East China Sea in air space that China over the weekend unilaterally claimed as part of its expanded “air defense identification zone.” The B-52s, which were not

  • Editorials | November 25, 2013

    Cocaine and the congressman

    We’re glad Trey Radel, a first-term Florida congressman, doesn’t represent this congressional district, or any district in Kansas. Not because he’s conservative — he’s said to be a favorite of the tea party and on Twitter has described himself as a “Hip

  • Editorials | November 22, 2013

    Revisiting a dark day in our history

    This has been a year of anniversaries. On Tuesday, the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address came up on the calendar. It is a memorable speech, and the original occasion, Nov. 19, 1863, was as solemn as they come. Earlier this year, on Aug. 28,

  • Editorials | November 21, 2013

    A touch of winter

    We’ve had overnight temperatures in the teens a time or two this fall, and we’ve had enough wind to blow leaves not just from trees but up, down and across streets all over town. Until this week, however, our forecasts haven’t included

  • Editorials | November 21, 2013

    Unanimous vote gratifying

    We’re delighted that the Manhattan City Commission has finally approved expansion of the Manhattan Public Library and that the vote Tuesday was unanimous. City Commissioner Wynn Butler, more concerned about the project’s potential impact on city debt than of the expansion itself, had

  • Editorials | November 20, 2013

    Ten more years in Afghanistan?

    Americans who thought the decade-plus US commitment to Afghanistan would be coming to an end next year are in for a surprise. In the works is an agreement that would ensure a U.S. troop presence of 7,000 to 15,000 troops — down from the approximately 50,000 now — in

  • Editorials | November 19, 2013

    More discussion helps, sometimes

    Governor Sam Brownback says he wants to break the 40-year cycle of Kansas school districts suing the state over public education funding levels. “Nobody talks to anybody; it’s all handled in litigation,” the governor said Friday in lamenting the pattern of school districts going

  • Editorials | November 18, 2013

    Good idea, wrongly funded

    Governor Sam Brownback’s initiative to bolster the reading proficiency of young Kansas students, announced last week, is a good idea. Unfortunately, his plan to pay for it with money from the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program is less appropriate. The governor would

  • Editorials | November 17, 2013

    There’s plenty left to Thanksgiving

    You might have noticed that Black Friday isn’t what it once, or at least isn’t where it once was on the calendar. Not long ago it was the day after Thanksgiving, so named, the story goes, because that’s the day cash registers

  • Editorials | November 15, 2013

    Obama’s ‘fix’ is no sure thing

    President Barack Obama might not have made an even bigger hash of the Affordable Care Act rollout than already existed, but his “fix” to help some individuals adds yet another complication. His contrition Thursday in announcing the fix was welcome, but he isn’t introducing

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