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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | March 15, 2016

    A decent idea likely to go nowhere

    In the Kansas Legislature these days, if the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the conservative organization Americans for Prosperity oppose a bill, its chances of passing are slim. Such is the case with a proposal from Rep. Mark Hutton, a Wichita Republican who wants to

  • Editorials | March 14, 2016

    Attention shifts to NCAA brackets

    In terms of basketball, it’s a time for a glance back at a slew of exciting state high school tournaments that drew participants from all corners of the state, and a time to fill out brackets for one of the nation’s most popular

  • Editorials | March 12, 2016

    Efficiency… or a power grab?

    There’s no reason to doubt that some of the emails from opponents of a proposal to transfer authority for education finance policy from the Kansas Board of Education to the Kansas governor were, as state Sen. Ty Masterson said, “angry” and “vile.” To many

  • Editorials | March 11, 2016

    Westar wants yet another increase

    It sure didn’t take Westar Energy long to ask for another rate increase. The Kansas utility company, which was granted a rate increase by the Kansas Corporation Commission just last fall, is now seeking an increase of $25 million. That’s a comparatively modest boost,

  • Editorials | March 10, 2016

    Washington slow to react to Zika

    The recent news about the Zika virus hasn’t left much cause for cheer. International public health officials now say they suspect that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than was initially believed. Also, Zika is linked with another medical problem — Guillain-Barre syndrome —

  • Editorials | March 09, 2016

    A notable move by GOP senators

    At last, some common sense is emerging among Republicans in the Kansas Senate. Three state senators, including Jeff King of Independence, who is vice president of the Senate, have proposed substantially scaling back the income-tax exemptions granted to about 330,000 business owners and farmers. The three

  • Editorials | March 08, 2016

    Meanwhile, in Bramlage…

    The best boys and girls teams from Kansas 2A schools — and their fans — will inundate Manhattan for the 27th consecutive year for state tournament play that begins Wednesday in Bramlage Coliseum. First round girls’ games will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and boys’ play will

  • Editorials | March 08, 2016

    Rock Creek, Wamego carry area hopes

    Our area doesn’t have as many high school basketball teams headed to state championship tournaments as is the case most years — and there are no girls’ teams at all. But the two boys teams that qualified — Rock Creek and Wamego high schools — have generated

  • Editorials | March 07, 2016

    Money seems to exist for skewed priorities

    Kansas lawmakers must not be too worried about the latest state revenue numbers — $53 million below projections in February — or the continuing financial crisis. Maybe they figure Gov. Sam Brownback will find other ways to save or shuffle money around again if things continue to look

  • Editorials | March 05, 2016

    If you can’t beat ’em, impeach ’em

    The conservative Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature and the governor’s office won’t be happy until they also control the Kansas Supreme Court. There is no other explanation for a bill the Senate Judiciary Committee considered Thursday that would create new grounds to

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