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  • Editorials | September 20, 2013

    Common Core is not a threat

    It’s good to see that Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker has decided to respond to the Kansas Republican State Committee’s resolution last week condemning Common Core education standards in Kansas. It’s also good that she has some tact. She says her response

  • Editorials | September 19, 2013

    Tidying up after drunks

    We can’t imagine what the strangest thing the Manhattan City Commission might ever have to deal with would be, but accountability for vomiting in taxis would likely be a contender. Yet in a community loaded with college students and a considerable contingent of young

  • Editorials | September 18, 2013

    Candidate has much to prove

    The 2014 Kansas governor’s race began to take shape Tuesday with the announcement by state Representative Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat, that he would run for governor and that it is “time to set things right.” Republicans wasted no time criticizing Rep. Davis, who is

  • Editorials | September 17, 2013

    County Commission expedient to a fault

    OK, we get it. The Riley County Commission wants and will establish a public building commission. We just wish commissioners would be more accommodating of citizens. After the commissioners’ retreat earlier this month, for instance, they concluded that a public building commission was their only

  • Editorials | September 16, 2013

    From 286 to 40 school districts?

    Given the regularity with which the Kansas Board of Education makes funding requests of the Kansas Legislature in the hundreds of millions of dollars, it seemed unusual that a former member of that board doesn’t think the widely publicized funding shortfall is a problem. “

  • Editorials | September 14, 2013

    A viable challenge to Kobach?

    If she had her way, Jean Schodorf, a former three-term Republican state senator from Wichita, would still be a member of the Kansas Senate. Like Manhattan’s Roger Reitz, however, she was purged in the 2012 GOP primary by a conservative coalition that involved Gov. Sam

  • Editorials | September 13, 2013

    Honors deserved for young scholars

    Students don’t become National Merit semifinalists by cramming the night — or even the weeks — before tests. They acquire the body of knowledge over the course of their elementary and secondary educations. They generally do so with the support of parents, which manifests itself in

  • 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

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