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  • Editorials | June 20, 2013

    Guns in school too risky to insure?

    It’s not surprising that the company that insures most school districts in Kansas has announced that it would not insure districts that allow employees to carry weapons on school property. The reason is simple. The insurer, EMC Insurance Companies, doesn’t want to be

  • Editorials | June 19, 2013

    Justice not served in Theurer sentencing

    Twenty-first Judicial District Judge John Bosch cheapened the lives of two Kansans killed in a drunk driving crash last year when he handed their killer a 60-day jail sentence and 36 months of probation. In fact, the judge seemed more impressed with Miles Theurer, who pleaded

  • Editorials | June 18, 2013

    NSA revelations anger, worry allies

    Other countries’ leaders are said to be stunned and outraged that the National Security Agency — the NSA — collects phone and email records on some of their citizens in its perpetual quest for anything having to do with terrorism. They shouldn’t be. Nor should they

  • Editorials | June 17, 2013

    We pay billions in overdraft fees

    Overdraft fees have become news again, largely because of a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the subject and the recommendation of other consumer advocates that financial institutions be banned from allowing customers to overdraw their accounts. That’s because the overdrafts come

  • Editorials | June 16, 2013

    Happy Father’s Day

    Allen Shedlin might be on to something in differentiating between fathering and what he calls “daddying.” He considers the act of fathering to be solely biological, involving little time and even less commitment. Daddying, he says, is what happens — or is supposed to happen — after

  • Editorials | June 14, 2013

    Victory Week, and much more

    It’s been quite a week at Fort Riley, one in which the annual Victory Week has been celebrated between some important birthdays. The first birthday was Saturday, June 8. It was the 1st Infantry Division’s 96th, and yes, there was cake. The division, which

  • Editorials | June 12, 2013

    Standards should serve students well

    It’s refreshing to learn that the debate over evolution and intelligent design didn’t dominate the discussion leading to the Kansas Board of Education’s approval Tuesday of new science standards for public school students. Not that the topic has completely gone away. It

  • Editorials | June 09, 2013

    Does public care about higher ed cuts?

    The Kansas Board of Regents has plenty of reason to be disappointed and even angry at Kansas lawmakers who approved budget cuts exceeding 5 percent for the universities under the Regents’ purview. The cuts will, as members assert, hurt the education of thousands of present and

  • Editorials | June 05, 2013

    A close call for Common Core

    We’d ought to be delighted that the Kansas Legislature rejected a proposal to halt the implementation of Common Core education standards in Kansas public schools. Instead, we’re relieved, and worried that the level of support the issue received means the standards are not

  • Editorials | June 04, 2013

    Higher ed is one of the casualties

    Gov. Sam Brownback appreciates the state’s institutions of higher education well enough. Unfortunately, he is much fonder of income tax cuts. Earlier this spring he made a high-profile tour of the Board of Regents universities, including Kansas State University, extolling their virtues and insisting

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