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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | April 04, 2016

    Moran returns to party fold

    Had Sen. Jerry Moran joined Republican senators from the outset in stonewalling President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court, it would have been disappointing but not surprising. More than ever in politics, partisanship prevails over principles. But in

  • Editorials | April 03, 2016

    For a modest tax, major improvements

    Manhattan residents who don’t like the idea of paying two-tenths of a cent sales tax for street maintenance can take comfort in the knowledge that they’ll get a chance to make their wishes known. They’ll have that opportunity at future Manhattan City

  • Editorials | April 01, 2016

    Don’t count on luck in storm season

    Most area farmers and gardeners would love to have some rain. Many have been frustrated that the clouds that have crossed our horizon have dropped their rain on neighboring cities and towns. It’s worth noting that some of those clouds — a bit farther away

  • Editorials | March 31, 2016

    A vicious and resourceful enemy

    March hasn’t been a good month in the world’s struggle against terrorism. Yes, the United States announced last week that it had killed ISIS’ second-in-command, a man who Defense Secretary Ash Carter described as “senior leader serving as finance minister.” That matters, as

  • Editorials | March 30, 2016

    Candidate pledges written in pencil

    Political pledges apparently have about the same value as professional sports contracts. That is to say, they’re not entirely worthless, but neither are they worth much. The three remaining Republican candidates — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and billionaire big mouth Donald

  • Editorials | March 29, 2016

    School funding debate rages on

    The Kansas Supreme Court ought to be able to decide without all the political maneuvering by Democratic and Republican lawmakers whether the Kansas Legislature’s response to the court’s order to make school funding more equitable passes muster. Yet given the stakes — the Supreme

  • Editorials | March 28, 2016

    Schulz will leave outstanding legacy

    Kansas State University, Manhattan and the entire state are losing an outstanding and visionary leader with KSU President Kirk Schulz’s acceptance of an offer to become president of Washington State University. If it seems as if President Schulz and his wife, Noel, just got

  • Editorials | March 26, 2016

    Well done, Sen. Moran

    We offer a handful of thoughts about Jerry Moran’s decision, announced last week at a town hall meeting in Cimarron, that the Senate should hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. First, although it seems odd to praise someone

  • Editorials | March 25, 2016

    Karadzic verdict offers some justice

    A generation ago, Radovan Karadzic was a household name. So, more appropriately, was his nickname: the “Butcher of Bosnia.” He did his butchering — or at least ordered and presided over it, during the Bosnian War, which lasted from 1992 to 1995. On Thursday, finally, this Serb, a

  • Editorials | March 24, 2016

    Trump, Cruz make things worse

    Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, a couple of genuine smearmasters, don’t imperil national security when they take cheap shots at each other’s wives. About the only good it does is give Americans one more piece to file as they determine which of

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