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  • Editorials | March 03, 2014

    Bill would fix imaginary problem

    Opponents of a bill that would make it easier to prosecute school officials for introducing offensive materials to students have good reason to be alarmed. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican, is so broad that it could leave educators more

  • Editorials | March 01, 2014

    A partnership worth protecting

    Let’s not wreck the City-University Projects Fund. It has served the interests of both the City of Manhattan and Kansas State University since the city annexed the university in 1994. The fund’s revenue comes primarily from franchise fees and sales taxes — between about $550,000 and $600,000

  • Editorials | February 28, 2014

    If preschoolers can get healthier…

    It seems that whenever good health news crosses the horizon, there’s always a “but.” So it is with the unquestionably good news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that obesity in children 2 to 5 years old declined markedly in just less than a

  • Editorials | February 27, 2014

    Give public access to arrest affidavits

    It is gratifying to see that the Kansas House Judiciary Committee this week advanced a bill to the House that would make affidavits police use to justify arrest warrants open to the public. It also would allow persons who have been searched or whose property

  • Editorials | February 26, 2014

    Fingerprinting proposals have merit

    Veteran Kansas teachers shouldn’t get overly righteous at the notion of having to get fingerprinted. Rather, they ought to recognize it as a way to help the state ensure the safety of schoolchildren in this state. A couple of proposals exist that would require

  • Editorials | February 24, 2014

    Ehlers’ courage continues to inspire

    World War II, which began more than 70 years ago, sometimes seems like ancient history. Yet more than 16 million Americans were in uniform during that titanic struggle, and fewer than 10 percent are still alive. They’re dying at the rate of 670 a day, or were in 2011,

  • Editorials | February 23, 2014

    Wamego dusts off its welcome mat

    Wamego knows how to put on a show. Every year, its population seems to double for the annual Tulip Festival, the town’s party on the Fourth of July is one of the best in the entire state, and, well, the only Oztoberfest we can

  • Editorials | February 21, 2014

    College students can use the money

    The bill to refund sales tax on textbook purchases by postsecondary students in Kansas has enough going for it that it sailed through the Kansas House of Representatives, 122-0. The bill would allow students at any Kansas postsecondary institution — public and private colleges and universities,

  • Editorials | February 20, 2014

    ‘We can’t say we didn’t now’

    The United Nations’ report on human rights violations in North Korea is not pleasant reading. In fact, it’s horrible. But people the world over — and particularly the leaders of the world’s countries — should read it anyway. And then, somehow, act on it. The

  • Editorials | February 19, 2014

    Let’s not encourage spanking

    We’ll concede that a legislative proposal to allow spanking powerful enough to leave red marks or even bruises might be well intended, but the idea ought to be swatted away. The bill, introduced by Rep. Gail Finney, a Wichita Democrat, would allow corporal punishment


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