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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | March 08, 2016

    Meanwhile, in Bramlage…

    The best boys and girls teams from Kansas 2A schools — and their fans — will inundate Manhattan for the 27th consecutive year for state tournament play that begins Wednesday in Bramlage Coliseum. First round girls’ games will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and boys’ play will

  • Editorials | March 08, 2016

    Rock Creek, Wamego carry area hopes

    Our area doesn’t have as many high school basketball teams headed to state championship tournaments as is the case most years — and there are no girls’ teams at all. But the two boys teams that qualified — Rock Creek and Wamego high schools — have generated

  • Editorials | March 07, 2016

    Money seems to exist for skewed priorities

    Kansas lawmakers must not be too worried about the latest state revenue numbers — $53 million below projections in February — or the continuing financial crisis. Maybe they figure Gov. Sam Brownback will find other ways to save or shuffle money around again if things continue to look

  • Editorials | March 05, 2016

    If you can’t beat ’em, impeach ’em

    The conservative Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature and the governor’s office won’t be happy until they also control the Kansas Supreme Court. There is no other explanation for a bill the Senate Judiciary Committee considered Thursday that would create new grounds to

  • Editorials | March 04, 2016

    Focus on streets is appropriate

    Few people who drive or ride a bicycle in Manhattan would second-guess the finding in a community survey of residents that our streets should receive the most attention from city leaders in the next three years. Nor is it a surprise that intersection and street

  • Editorials | March 04, 2016

    Fake Patty’s Day

    On this day before Fake Patty’s Day, all manner of creatures will be stirring in preparation for Saturday’s festivities. Manhattan residents with little interest in crowds and boozing it up will be headed away from Aggieville, while partiers, some probably too young to

  • Editorials | March 03, 2016

    State tax policy is indeed the culprit

    There’s plenty not to like about Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to immediately cut $17 million from the budgets of Board of Regents universities, including $4.9 million out of Kansas State University’s present spending plan. For one, this action comes just two weeks after KSU

  • Editorials | March 01, 2016

    Join exercises in democracy

    A couple of weeks ago Jean H. Lee, president of the League of Women voters, wrote a letter urging area residents — actually all Kansans — to participate in party presidential caucuses. At the time, the caucus date, March 5, seemed well into the future. The caucus date

  • Editorials | February 29, 2016

    For schools, costs are an investment

    The amount of money the state and four Kansas school districts have spent on a long-running school finance lawsuit is impressive, and depressing. But the sum doesn’t approach the level of cynicism exhibited by the Brownback administration, which has championed tax cuts over funding

  • Editorials | February 27, 2016

    A modest victory for counties

    The Kansas Supreme Court struck a modest blow for tax fairness last week in ruling unconstitutional a 2014 law that gave favorable treatment to property taxpayers whose appraisal appeals were successful. The law provided a two-year moratorium on increases in valuation for property owners who won

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