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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | April 14, 2015

    Getting there used to be half the fun

    Consumers seem to have an attitude problem when it comes to the airline industry. Many continue to think that the airlines exist to serve them. Maybe some remember what traveling by air used to be like, or having been seduced by commercials that depict passengers

  • Editorials | April 13, 2015

    Targeted strikes on Iran unwise

    Perhaps the framework for the nuclear deal with Iran won’t prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, or even nuclear weapons capability, until the end of time. Perhaps progress to this point, difficult as it has been, is so delicate that it won’t withstand

  • Editorials | April 12, 2015

    Agents thwart terror suspect

    This time the terrorism threat wasn’t in a metropolitan area skyscraper or a mall. This time the threat originated in Topeka and the target was Fort Riley. The suspect, a 20-year-old named John T. Booker — who also called himself Mohammed Abdullah Hassan — was caught “

  • Editorials | April 10, 2015

    Can the Royals raise their game?

    Even before the Kansas City Royals opened the 2015 season by sweeping a division rival, it was easier this year than it has been for decades to get excited about the team’s prospects. For starters, the Royals didn’t end last season in the cellar

  • Editorials | April 09, 2015

    Let districts run their schools

    Increasingly, it seems, the Kansas Legislature’s motto is, “When in doubt, micromanage.” It isn’t enough for the Kansas Legislature to cut funding for most of the state’s school districts by enacting a block funding scheme on the excuse that the old funding

  • Editorials | April 08, 2015

    16.4 percent of voters have spoken

    Although the outcome of Tuesday’s election could hardly be considered a surprise, it will result in a more liberal City Commission. Manhattan’s voters opted for leadership and they chose well. Wynn Butler, whose term as major is coming to an end, was re-elected;

  • Editorials | April 07, 2015

    Leave tuition decisions to Regents

    The tuition freeze that Senate and House budget negotiators tentatively agreed to last week might sound good to students, but it further complicates efforts at the state’s public universities to provide outstanding educational opportunities. The legislators’ agreement calls for a two-year tuition freeze at

  • Editorials | April 06, 2015

    Your votes really do matter

    Tuesday’s election might well be the last time area voters cast ballots for City Commission and school boards in April, so let’s make the most of it. Given that Kansas Senate and House conferees have compromised on an elections bill that, among other

  • Editorials | April 04, 2015

    City, school board recommendations

    As Election Day nears, we hope voters have had a chance to get acquainted with the candidates and their respective positions on local issues. Of particular interest this election are campaigns for the Manhattan City Commission, the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education and the Riley County

  • Editorials | April 03, 2015

    Loose on guns, tough on the poor

    “Responsible gun ownership, for protection and sport, is a right inherent in our Constitution. It is a right that Kansans hold dear and have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed a commitment to protecting.” So proclaimed Gov. Sam Brownback in a signing ceremony Thursday for a new


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