• Let districts run their schools

    Increasingly, it seems, the Kansas Legislature’s motto is, “When in doubt, micromanage.” It isn’t enough for the Kansas Legislature to cut funding for most of the state’s school districts by enacting a block funding scheme on the .

  • 16.4 percent of voters have spoken

    Although the outcome of Tuesday’s election could hardly be considered a surprise, it will result in a more liberal City Commission. Manhattan’s voters opted for leadership and they chose well. Wynn Butler, whose term as major is coming .

  • Leave tuition decisions to Regents

    The tuition freeze that Senate and House budget negotiators tentatively agreed to last week might sound good to students, but it further complicates efforts at the state’s public universities to provide outstanding educational opportunities. The legislators’ agreement calls for .

  • Your votes really do matter

    Tuesday’s election might well be the last time area voters cast ballots for City Commission and school boards in April, so let’s make the most of it. Given that Kansas Senate and House conferees have compromised on an .

  • City, school board recommendations

    As Election Day nears, we hope voters have had a chance to get acquainted with the candidates and their respective positions on local issues. Of particular interest this election are campaigns for the Manhattan City Commission, the Manhattan-Ogden Board of .

  • Loose on guns, tough on the poor

    “Responsible gun ownership, for protection and sport, is a right inherent in our Constitution. It is a right that Kansans hold dear and have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed a commitment to protecting.” So proclaimed Gov. Sam Brownback in a signing .

  • Success elusive in talks with Iran

    Americans shouldn’t fault President Barack Obama for trying everything within reason to persuade, cajole or force Iran to give up a nuclear weapons program that it denies even exists. Maybe the most recent extension in negotiations will result in .

  • Change hurts public university students

    Disdain for education at all levels in Kansas in some quarters of the Kansas Legislature is as misguided as it is counterproductive. This session alone it’s taking a toll both on public school districts, most of whose funding is .

  • Keep alert for motorcycles

    About as time the weather began warming up and when only the most ardent golfers considered getting out their clubs, motorcycle enthusiasts began returning to the streets. The reappearance of motorcycles on our streets is probably as reliable a sign .

  • Legislators’ candor, wisdom refreshing

    It’s too bad the Kansas Legislature doesn’t better reflect the views of its Manhattan-area members. A bigger dose of moderate wisdom — and candor of the sort evident Saturday — would be good for this state, which has been in .

  • Misguided bill warns Supreme Court

    The Kansas Legislature, especially the conservative Republican bloc that controls it, has been unhappy with the Kansas Supreme Court for a number of years. School finance has been the chief, but not the only, source of tension. Supreme Court rulings .

  • Mandatory voting is wrong approach

    Perhaps President Barack Obama was just kidding when during a town meeting earlier this month, he tossed out the notion of trying to make voting mandatory. Maybe it was a trial balloon, a time-tested mechanism for gauging reaction to a .


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