It’s not surprising that Riley County commissioners and Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo object to the legislative proposal to move municipal and school board elections from the spring to the fall election cycle. We tend to agree, but not necessarily for the same reasons.
If Kansas lawmakers were a frivolous bunch, the statewide advertising campaign launched Wednesday urging further tax and spending cuts might be helpful. But that isn’t the case. Yes, the Kansas Legislature learned this week that it needs to come up with an additional $400 million
Earthquakes seem to have eased a bit in south-central Kansas, which is good news. But whether that stems from a decline in fracking associated with depressed oil prices or an order limiting wastewater disposal in certain wells there is unclear. Very possibly both are contributing
The Washington Times doesn’t think much of Earth Day. Maybe the conservative newspaper is correct. Maybe, as it contends in an editorial, Earth Day, which since its inception in 1970 has been commemorated on April 22, “hijacked” the traditional celebration of Arbor Day. Arbor Day, best
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been contemplating regulations for electronic cigarettes since 2011. In the interim, a number of states have taken action, including Kansas, which in 2012 banned anyone younger than 18 from buying or possessing e-cigarettes. The FDA inched closer to progress a
Really busy days are coming soon enough. Hot ones, cold ones, nasty ones. Sure. Right now, let’s all try to take a deep breath and enjoy today. It’s a beautiful time of year in Manhattan. The grass is hardly ever greener. Trees are
We’re going to side with the FBI on this one. Riley County Commissioner Bob Boyd gunched last week that the feds should have informed the local authorities earlier about the plan to arrest a would-be terrorist bomber targeting Fort Riley. Boyd said he was
It’s no secret that the local school district has a budget problem. We’re not totally sure how big that problem is, frankly, but it seems to us that knocking a few days off the school calendar is a pretty simple way to start.
President Obama and Cuba’s dictator Raul Castro made nice with one another last week in Panama. They were attending the 7th Summit of the Americas. We hope the good feelings lead to an ultimate dismantling of the repressive rule that Cubans have lived under
It’s tax day, which means that if you owe income taxes to the federal or state government, you’re down to a few hours before the clock strikes midnight. Maybe you’ve long since filed; taxpayers who have refunds coming don’t often wait
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