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  • Editorials | February 12, 2014

    Boehner wise to avoid stand-off

    House Speaker John Boehner, despite criticism from House tea partiers, acted prudently Tuesday in allowing the chamber to vote on a so-called “clean” bill to suspend the debt ceiling. The measure passed 221-201, and did so because 28 Republicans, including Rep. Boehner and House Majority Leader

  • Editorials | February 10, 2014

    Hasn’t fluoride debate been settled?

    It does no harm for Kansans to renew the debate about the use of fluoride in water; in fact it can be productive. But such a debate would be more helpful if the information used advances the discussion instead of clouding it, as seems to

  • Editorials | February 09, 2014

    Obama should OK Keystone Pipeline

    It probably was too much to expect President Barack Obama, who’s effectively stalled for five years on whether to approve or reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, would act quickly after the review he was reportedly waiting for came in. That was the State Department

  • Editorials | February 07, 2014

    CVS move sets good example

    The CVS/Caremark pharmacy chain advanced the cause of good health in America when it announced that its 7,600 stores would stop selling cigarettes next year. In making the announcement, Larry Merlo, who’s president and CEO of CVS, called it “simply the right thing to

  • Editorials | February 06, 2014

    Can focus shift to the competition?

    It’s fair to wonder whether the athletic competition will get lost amid all the distractions at the Winter Olympics, which begin this week in Sochi, Russia. Foremost among the distractions, of course, is the possibility, even the threat, of terrorist attacks. Those threats, after

  • Editorials | February 05, 2014

    Under the snow are makings of spring

    The “blowing and drifting snow” forecasters warn about doesn’t sound all that bad in the abstract. It’s different, however, when there’s a foot of fresh powder for miles around and nowhere for it to drift other than places where you don’t

  • Editorials | February 04, 2014

    It’s pretty, and getting pretty deep

    Whether today’s snowstorm amounted to a winter wonderland or a white wasteland probably depended on whether it gave you a day off or simply complicated your day. Lots of people had the day off, including students, school personnel and most local government employees. Good

  • Editorials | February 03, 2014

    Regional efforts are worth pursuing

    We’ve long supported the concept of regionalism, and just as we’ve long urged the City of Manhattan and Riley County to collaborate for the benefit of local taxpayers, we generally applaud the multi-county efforts of recent weeks. Riley County Commissioner Bob Boyd was

  • Editorials | February 02, 2014

    Kobach is ruffling a new set of feathers

    In pushing a state law to exclude the Lesser Prairie Chicken in Kansas from federal protection that doesn’t exist yet, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is picking an unnecessary and probably expensive fight with the federal government. It’s a fight the Kansas Legislature

  • Editorials | January 31, 2014

    Agencies’ response to needs impressive

    Sometimes it isn’t just problems that snowball. Sometimes it’s solutions — or at least the effort to provide solutions. So it was Wednesday and Thursday at the First United Methodist Church on Poyntz Avenue, when several dozen of this community’s organizations that exist

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