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  • Editorials | October 25, 2013

    Getting by on $174,000 a year

    There is grumbling among some members of Congress who don’t think they earn enough money. Their poster child, as Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik pointed out, might be Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Georgia Republican. Rep. Gingrey reportedly griped at a party caucus that

  • Editorials | October 24, 2013

    Fallout continues from NSA leaks

    President Barack Obama is a little red-faced these days — and not just because online registration for the Affordable Care Act might be becoming a measurable factor in high blood pressure. We’re thinking of the most recent spying revelations associated with Edward Snowden. He’s

  • Editorials | October 23, 2013

    Another committee isn’t the solution

    It’s been a week now since members of Congress came to their last-minute agreement to end the showdown over the government shutdown and debt ceiling. Some lawmakers glowed with satisfaction, others were simply relieved. And although what they did was essential, they shouldn’t

  • Editorials | October 22, 2013

    Saudis’ turndown disappointing

    Last Thursday, Saudi Arabia, along with Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria, were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council. For Saudi Arabia, election was quite an accomplishment, the culmination of a national effort to bolster its diplomatic corps and win a Security

  • Editorials | October 21, 2013

    Kline didn’t deserve law license

    Many of Phill Kline’s allies, especially Kansans who want to ban abortion, are convinced that a liberal establishment — in Kansas! — conspired to humiliate him. “This is just another layer of icing on the Kansas Tiller/Sebelius late-term abortion corruption cake,” declared Mary Kay Culp,

  • Editorials | October 20, 2013

    Obamacare must overcome glitches

    The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been a nightmare for the Obama administration, perhaps inflicting more damage to the health insurance overhaul than are Republicans who loathe it so much they were willing to shut down the government to defund it. We have

  • Editorials | October 18, 2013

    Not a great showing

    Good for Senator Jerry Moran and 2nd District Representative Lynn Jenkins. Those two — and only those two of the state’s six-member congressional delegation – voted Wednesday to raise the debt ceiling. Not that either of them was enthusiastic about it. They weren’t. In fact,

  • Editorials | October 18, 2013

    Festival time in Riley

    As a story in Thursday’s Mercury made clear, there’s plenty to do this weekend. In fact there’s more to do than the story indicated. We’re thinking of the Riley Fall Festival, which starts early and ends late Saturday in downtown Riley

  • Editorials | October 16, 2013

    Will House overrule tea party?

    Well, the deadline is here. On October 17 — tomorrow — our government will not have the authority to borrow money. Its options with federal revenue will include repaying debts and halting domestic spending, including for entitlements such as Social Security, or defaulting on our debts and trying

  • Editorials | October 15, 2013

    Malala’s efforts not diminished

    There’s little doubt Malala Yousafzi, the Pakistani teenager who last year was shot on her school bus for defying the Taliban, was the popular favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Nor is there much question she was more deserving than President Barack Obama

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