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  • 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

  • Editorials | February 18, 2014

    Are tremors linked to oil, gas drilling?

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback made the right move this week in appointing a panel to look into whether and to what extent fracking is contributing to the minor earthquakes that have occurred in south-central Kansas. Several earthquakes, minor by California standards, with magnitudes of 3.3 to 3.9,

  • Editorials | February 17, 2014

    Common Core is worth keeping

    We wonder sometimes what gets into members of the Kansas Legislature. Take state Rep. Willie Dove, a Bonner Springs Republican and member of the House Education Committee. He thinks Kansas students will benefit if the Legislature kills Common Core reading and math standards along with

  • Editorials | February 16, 2014

    Religious liberty is safe in Kansas

    We’ll give a tip of the hat to Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle for pouring some cold water on a House bill that would allow Kansans to discriminate against gay couples on religious grounds. And we’ll offer rousing applause for state Reps. Sydney

  • Editorials | February 14, 2014

    Leadership matters

    Kansas State University students needn’t wonder whether they can aspire to positions of leadership. Among notable graduates are Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. Another is Richard B. Myers, the retired Air Force general who is a former chairman of the

  • Editorials | February 13, 2014

    Keep local elections in the spring

    If locally elected officials were to march on the Statehouse and demand that the spring municipal elections continue to be held in the spring, perhaps legislators would drop a proposal to align local elections with state and national elections. Then again, state lawmakers might tune

  • 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

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