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  • Editorials | September 12, 2013

    Airport could be a community gem

    We were glad to see unanimity in the City Commission’s approval Tuesday of the first phase of what’s envisioned as a $16 million expansion of Manhattan Regional Airport. The first phase is to cost $9.8 million, but if all goes as planned, the city’s

  • Editorials | September 11, 2013

    Some things can’t be forgotten

    Twelve years out from that awful morning in 2001, the shock has subsided, but the sadness lingers. For millions of Americans, it always will. The image of commercial jetliners flying into the World Trade Center is unforgettable. So are the images of desperate people jumping from

  • Editorials | September 10, 2013

    Syria softens its defiance

    Perhaps casual remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry got the ball rolling. Perhaps the real impetus came from President Barack Obama’s threat of missile strikes on Syria. Whatever the cause, it suddenly seems more possible that the strikes can be averted. That would

  • Editorials | September 09, 2013

    A timely focus on agriculture policy

    The Landon Lecture Series is trying something different next month, and we hope area residents take advantage of it. Instead of a single distinguished speaker, as has been the norm since former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon gave the first lecture in 1966, the series has invited

  • Editorials | September 08, 2013

    A trend worth celebrating

    The most recent news about the birthrate for American teenagers is something to celebrate —even though there’s room yet for improvement. That’s because the birth rate among women 15 to 19 years old fell last year to the lowest it has been in the 73 years

  • Editorials | September 05, 2013

    Autumn tradition resumes Friday night

    Area football fans who were disappointed in how things went last Friday night, when K-State lost its season-opener to North Dakota State University, hope for better results this Friday. Not coincidentally, it’s the first week of the high school football season, and hopes are

  • Editorials | September 04, 2013

    ‘You’re never too old to chase your dream’

    Some people probably think Diana Nyad’s quest to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage was nutty, or narcissistic, and that the 64-year-old endurance swimmer ought to instead be doing 64-year-old-type things. Count us among her admirers, and among those who think

  • Editorials | September 03, 2013

    Federal government tolerant to a fault

    When states began decriminalizing marijuana, one of the big questions — to growers, smokers, state authorities and law enforcement — was how the federal government would react. The feds could have quashed the movement to approve medical marijuana use, which was the initial breakthrough, and the more

  • Editorials | August 30, 2013

    Players, NFL strike important deal

    Perhaps retired pro football players would have fared better if they’d held out longer, and perhaps they would have squandered valuable time and money. As it is, the settlement announced Thursday in a dispute between the players and the National Football League over debilitating

  • Editorials | August 28, 2013

    A beautiful dream still unrealized

    We’re not as comfortable as others who declare that if Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, he’d support one action and discourage another.  We don’t presume to know what he’d think about what has occurred — and not occurred — with


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