Editorials

  • ISIS finds a new killing ground

    Barely a week goes by in which the Islamic State isn’t involved in some new horrific act. Its most recent example is the beheadings of as many as 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians over the weekend in Libya by a branch .

  • Is fracking linked to increase in quakes?

    Kansans worried about the recent increase in earthquakes should take only modest comfort in the preliminary conclusion by the interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey that the quakes aren’t caused by “fracking.” That’s because geologist Rex Buchanan, .

  • Groundwater grows more precious

    We have taken issue with many of Gov. Sam Brownback’s initiatives, but he deserves credit for recognizing the need to slow, and even reverse, the depletion of groundwater in western Kansas. With greater attention — and some timely rains — indications .

  • Yet another step backward

    It’s increasingly difficult to understand how Gov. Sam Brownback, who says he wants to make Kansas a better place to live and work, continues to do things that take the state in the opposite direction. Among examples are aggressive .

  • Hunting, fishing in the constitution?

    Hunting and fishing are honorable pursuits with a long tradition in Kansas. Those activities could soon be elevated to rights protected by the Kansas Constitution if a couple lawmakers have their way. We can’t come up with any substantive .

  • Don’t raise speed limit for passing

    Let’s not legitimize speeding in Kansas — on interstates, other divided highways or on two-lane highways. Particularly on two-lane highways. A couple of legislators from small central Kansas towns, one in Russell County and another in Rooks County, have proposed .

  • ... And now a bill to disarm critics

    Last week Kansas lawmakers took up an ill-advised proposal that could lead to criminal prosecution of public school teachers for exposing students to information deemed offensive. Not satisfied with chilling speech in the state’s public school districts, lawmakers now .

  • Fort Riley is too valuable to lose

    In a letter to the editor Friday, several local attorneys urged residents to attend a public meeting Monday afternoon that will help determine the future of Fort Riley. We add our voice to theirs and to those of civic leaders .

  • Policies undermine state infrastructure

    If we remember correctly, the stated purpose of Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to eliminate income taxes for businesses and working Kansans was to make this already great state even more prosperous. In his first term, the Legislature did away .

  • Stop micromanaging public schools

    The conservative Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature seem to have a chip on their collective shoulder against the state’s public schools. Not only do lawmakers in both houses balk at complying with court orders to increase school funding, .

  • Is pilot’s murder a pivotal moment?

    Until Tuesday, it was hard to imagine a more gruesome way for the Islamic State to execute any of its hostages than beheading them and filming the occasions for recruiting purposes. That was before ISIS murdered a Jordanian pilot, Lt. .

  • Measles today is inexcusable

    This measles outbreak — the disease has popped up on the East Coast and upper Midwest as well as in California — is inexcusable. Measles isn’t some cute rite of passage for preschool or elementary school children. It’s a dangerous, .


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