• Examining the value of college

    It’s pretty easy to dismiss Billy Willson as lacking in perspective, maturity and humility. But let’s give him some credit: his point is worth thinking seriously about. Who’s Billy Willson? Well, he’s a young man from .

  • There must be a way to judge

    Earlier this month, the Kansas state government agreed to sell the assets of the Kansas Bioscience Authority. The basic framework of the news of that sale was that it was going to only fetch $14 million. Lawmakers were counting on $25 million .

  • Christmas is a time for giving

    Saturday night or Sunday, depending on your traditions, you will probably open some gifts. You will have moments of gratitude for those gifts, and maybe even a surprised smile if somebody gets you something really thoughtful or exciting. But what .

  • Show puts spotlight on Scientology

    There’s a TV show worth watching. It’s called “Scientology and the Aftermath,” hosted by the actress Leah Remini. It’s airing on A& E, the cable network, and it is the biggest recent new show on the .

  • Religion and science don’t need to clash

    For those who think that big philosophical arguments never get resolved, here’s one to ponder: The Pope now says that evolution and the Big Bang are real. You might have missed it, but Pope Francis said in a speech .

  • Trump won ... let’s move on

    Two observations about the formal election Monday of Donald Trump as president: 1. He got beat fair-and-square by Hillary Clinton in the popular vote, and 2. He won fair-and-square anyway. Trump won by the rules of the game. He won enough votes .

  • Even in worst cases, death penalty wrong

    Even in the most heinous crimes, there’s something wrong with the death penalty. Sometimes, we’ll grant, the death penalty seems like a good idea. It just feels like a person like Dylann Roof ought to be executed. As .

  • Guns have no place on a college campus

    It seems like a bad dream to read about the preparations Kansas State University is making for guns on campus. The university is, of course, doing its best under the circumstances. It has no choice. Nor does the Board of .

  • New ‘news service’ spreads opinions

    We’d like to welcome to the opinion publishing business an outfit called the Sentinel, an offshoot of the conservative Koch brothers political operation in Wichita. Unfortunately, this organization is calling itself a “news service,” which of course it is .

  • Is Trump playing a global tactical game?

    We’re still willing to give President-elect Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he might actually know what he’s doing in at least one aspect of international relations. We certainly hope so, .

  • Now showing downtown: Movies

    There are movies back in downtown Manhattan. We’d like to welcome the new Town Center 13, the movie theater in the mall, which opened on Sunday. It’s showing older movies in a sort of soft opening until Friday, when .

  • It’s not perfect, but it’s a plan

    It’s easy to find fault with a plan advanced last week by a coalition of entities to confront the state’s financial crisis, particularly if the proposals include tax increases. The Brownback administration pounced quickly. No sooner had the .


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