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  • Editorials | April 21, 2014

    House should block mortgage fee repeal

    If the Kansas Bankers Association is so concerned about lowering fees, perhaps it ought to encourage its members to lower some of the fees they routinely charge their customers. That would likely help more Kansans than repealing the mortgage registration fee. Eliminating that fee, which

  • Editorials | April 20, 2014

    District becomes more inclusive

    We support the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education’s decision Wednesday night to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy. We do so despite some concern that including the two categories could increase the likelihood of a lawsuit against the district by someone

  • Editorials | April 18, 2014

    A second home light years away

    “Similar to dawn or dusk on a spring day,” is how Geoff Marcey, an astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley, described Kepler-186f, the most Earth-like planet that hunters and their telescopes have yet turned up. The description is certainly intriguing. Kepler-186f — so

  • Editorials | April 17, 2014

    Debt has funded great improvements

    Wynn Butler, who was installed as Manhattan’s mayor at the City Commission meeting Tuesday, is an unabashed fiscal conservative. The city needs folks in authority whose focus is on the bottom line, and Mayor Butler has shown himself to be a prudent steward. We,

  • Editorials | April 15, 2014

    Memorial for Ike a long time coming

    We’re confident that Kansans and other admirers of former President Dwight Eisenhower will one day enjoy visiting a memorial in his honor on trips to our nation’s capital. But we can’t begin to guess when that day will come. Already, plans have

  • Editorials | April 14, 2014

    How can we prevent such violence?

    It’s a tragic shame that someone can be so filled with hatred that even at age 73 he can coldly take the lives of three innocent people. This 73-year-old is an Aurora, Mo., racist named Frazier Glenn Cross who is said to be better known

  • Editorials | April 13, 2014

    Recognition of need is a key step

    Advocates of improved and expanded recreational facilities heard at least a little of what they hoped for last week during a Manhattan City Commission work session. No, commissioners didn’t set a date to break ground on a multipurpose indoor structure or new athletic fields.

  • Editorials | April 11, 2014

    Sebelius steps down

    After the public relations fiasco — and the disservice to American health care consumers — that defined the Obamacare rollout, it was a matter of time before former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius resigned as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Exactly what went wrong

  • Editorials | April 11, 2014

    DeBacker will be missed

    The resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius understandably garners most of the attention, but the state is losing the services of another capable woman. We’re referring to Diane DeBacker, a career teacher and education administrator who on Wednesday announced her resignation

  • Editorials | April 10, 2014

    Imagine our towns without volunteers

    We’re delighted to have published in recent days letters from several area residents discussing the contributions that volunteers bring to their organizations. Lori Bishop, executive director of RSVP, outlined a variety of roles volunteers play in her and other organizations. Fred Goss, director of

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