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Opinion - Editorials

  • 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

  • Editorials | April 02, 2015

    Success elusive in talks with Iran

    Americans shouldn’t fault President Barack Obama for trying everything within reason to persuade, cajole or force Iran to give up a nuclear weapons program that it denies even exists. Maybe the most recent extension in negotiations will result in a breakthrough. But it’s

  • Editorials | April 01, 2015

    Change hurts public university students

    Disdain for education at all levels in Kansas in some quarters of the Kansas Legislature is as misguided as it is counterproductive. This session alone it’s taking a toll both on public school districts, most of whose funding is being cut, and on Kansas

  • Editorials | March 31, 2015

    Keep alert for motorcycles

    About as time the weather began warming up and when only the most ardent golfers considered getting out their clubs, motorcycle enthusiasts began returning to the streets. The reappearance of motorcycles on our streets is probably as reliable a sign of spring as more natural

  • Editorials | March 30, 2015

    Legislators’ candor, wisdom refreshing

    It’s too bad the Kansas Legislature doesn’t better reflect the views of its Manhattan-area members. A bigger dose of moderate wisdom — and candor of the sort evident Saturday — would be good for this state, which has been in thrall to excessively conservative ideology

  • Editorials | March 29, 2015

    Misguided bill warns Supreme Court

    The Kansas Legislature, especially the conservative Republican bloc that controls it, has been unhappy with the Kansas Supreme Court for a number of years. School finance has been the chief, but not the only, source of tension. Supreme Court rulings on school finance — which affirmed

  • Editorials | March 27, 2015

    Mandatory voting is wrong approach

    Perhaps President Barack Obama was just kidding when during a town meeting earlier this month, he tossed out the notion of trying to make voting mandatory. Maybe it was a trial balloon, a time-tested mechanism for gauging reaction to a concept. The idea merits consideration,

  • Editorials | March 26, 2015

    Specialty plates aren’t so special

    The most recent dispute over speciality license plates, which reached the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, can be as complicated as participants want it to be. But the solution seems simple. If states don’t want the controversy and lawsuits that stem from official

  • Editorials | March 25, 2015

    Riley County the picture of health

    Credit the culture, the tallgrass prairie, private and public medical care or other factors. Whatever the causes — and there are many — this corner of the Flint Hills is perhaps the healthiest area of Kansas. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of


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