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  • Editorials | April 07, 2014

    Will being a good teacher be enough?

    Teacher tenure in the Kansas public school system is perhaps the chief casualty of the school finance bill that both houses of the Kansas Legislature approved over the weekend and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback. Under existing law, when a school district wants to terminate

  • Editorials | April 06, 2014

    There isn’t much momentum yet

    The news from the recent report comparing our state’s rebound from the economic recession from that of five states in the region wasn’t all bad. For example, Kansas last year outperformed those other states — Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas — in building permit

  • Editorials | April 04, 2014

    School finance, and then some

    We don’t know the details of the school finance bill the Kansas House of Representatives will approve, but it’s hard to imagine it being less constructive than the Senate version. The Senate bill, approved late Thursday, would increase aid to the state’s

  • Editorials | April 03, 2014

    Let’s not arrest feds for doing their jobs

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has struck again. Now he’s criticizing a House committee for not being confrontational enough in a bill that declares that the federal government has no authority to regulate Lesser Prairie Chickens or their habitat in Kansas. Mr. Kobach

  • Editorials | April 02, 2014

    Pope’s humble ways catching on

    Roman Catholic bishops, some more quickly than others, appear to be learning from the example that Pope Francis — their leader and the leader of Roman Catholics the world over — has set since he was chosen last year. This pope, unlike his predecessors, has declined to

  • Editorials | April 01, 2014

    It’s time to adapt to climate change

    Scientists have been offering information and issuing warnings about climate change for years. Though the rhetoric and some of the examples change with each subsequent report, the trend is toward greater urgency. Scientists haven’t quite yet declared that human activity is killing the planet —

  • Editorials | March 31, 2014

    Fire season, too, shall pass

    Manhattan residents who had forgotten what season this is received a clear reminder Saturday when a smoky haze descended on our fair city. It’s springtime, yes, of course. But it’s also burning season. And although the burns are important to the rebirth of

  • Editorials | March 28, 2014

    House protects energy standards

    A belated cheer for the Kansas House of Representatives, a majority of whose members on Wednesday made clear they weren’t interested in repealing renewable energy standards for utilities that became law in 2009. The vote was 77 to 42. The bill, which the Senate had approved on

  • Editorials | March 28, 2014

    Port Authority should be ashamed, not angry

    Much has been made of the base jumpers and a teenager who face charges in connection with separate incidents in which they climbed to or near the top of the new World Trade Center. The base jumpers, who have been charged with burglary, misdemeanor reckless

  • Editorials | March 27, 2014

    Civilian courts fine for most terrorists

    As cases involving terrorists go, the trial of Sulaiman Abu Graith just blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood came and went before most people were even aware of it. Who knows, perhaps the public was following the search of the missing Malaysian

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