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Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | May 08, 2015

    Partial tax-cut repeal is a good proposal

    Never mind the long odds, it was gratifying to learn that a Republican legislator is trying to confront the cause of the state’s financial crisis. The person, state Rep. Mark Hutton of Wichita, on Thursday explained to the House Tax Committee a proposal to

  • Editorials | May 07, 2015

    Tobacco tax revenue would be ill used

    There’s an excellent reason to support raising tobacco taxes, even to the extent that Gov. Sam Brownback proposed at the outset of the 2015 legislative session. Unfortunately, it’s not the reason the Brownback administration has in mind. A tax increase like the $1.50 per pack

  • Editorials | May 06, 2015

    GOP director’s reaction overdone

    We don’t always agree with Gov. Sam Brownback, but he handled that little “Tip the schools” dustup a lot better than the director of the Kansas Republican Party did. The recent incident involved the governor’s bill Saturday at Boss Hawg’s, a Topeka

  • Editorials | May 05, 2015

    Superbly said, MHS forensics team

    Winning a state high school championship in any activity, academic or athletic, is an impressive feat. Winning two in a row — and three in four years — as the Manhattan High School forensics team under the leadership of Shawn Rafferty has done approaches phenomenal. We congratulate

  • Editorials | May 03, 2015

    Republicans must be persuaded

    We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again. If other members of the Kansas Legislature would take their cues from the Manhattan delegation, lawmakers wouldn’t be scrambling to dig out of a $400 million hole they’ve dug for themselves and the

  • Editorials | May 01, 2015

    Close email loophole in open records law

    When the Kansas budget director circulates details about budget proposals from his office email account, that information is subject to the Kansas Open Records Act. But if the budget director were to send those emails from a private email account, they’re not subject to

  • Editorials | May 01, 2015

    Has ‘Apple’ gone bad?

    We suppose that if someone the city or the Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is paying thinks Manhattan ought to reconsider its nickname, it’s worth doing. Mayor Karen McCulloh said Wednesday that Judy Randall, CEO of the marketing firm doing business

  • Editorials | April 30, 2015

    Shannon knows value of morale

    As discouraging as the story in Wednesday’s Mercury on recommended spending cuts in the Manhattan-Ogden School District was, Superintendent Bob Shannon’s recognition of the effect one modest proposal could have on morale was refreshing. It came after a committee charged with the “pick-your-poison”

  • Editorials | April 29, 2015

    A festival worth sampling

    With the weather warming nicely and chances for rain this weekend more scattered than certain, many area residents will probably be looking for excuses to get outside. There’s the yard, of course. There’s fishing, boating, parks or simply watching clouds waft across the

  • Editorials | April 28, 2015

    Seatbelt use trend impressive

    Sometimes rather than lamenting how far away a certain goal is, it’s helpful to pause and recognize how far one has come. So it is with getting Kansans to wear seatbelts. As Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King announced Monday, Kansans buckled up in the


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