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  • Editorials | February 27, 2016

    A modest victory for counties

    The Kansas Supreme Court struck a modest blow for tax fairness last week in ruling unconstitutional a 2014 law that gave favorable treatment to property taxpayers whose appraisal appeals were successful. The law provided a two-year moratorium on increases in valuation for property owners who won

  • Editorials | February 27, 2016

    Kansas education legacy strong

    February is the anniversary of historic legislation that created Kansas’ public education system and higher education institutions. Teacher preparation programs forever linked colleges and the public schools, and fortunately, education has always been paramount in Kansas and the country, even in times of turmoil. The

  • Editorials | February 26, 2016

    How high must the water get?

    The report earlier this week that sea levels have risen faster in the last century than they did in roughly the last 2,800 years didn’t, if you’ll pardon us, make much of a splash. It should have. Twenty-eight centuries, after all, takes us back

  • Editorials | February 25, 2016

    We’ll take the ACLU, League, thank you

    Perhaps someday in this space, we will have reason to praise Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Today is not that day. Mr. Kobach, who has busied himself helping other states discriminate against immigrants — legal as well as illegal, who wants the Kansas Legislature to repeal

  • Editorials | February 24, 2016

    Republican senators are out of line

    While the success Donald Trump is having campaigning against Washington is in some ways mystifying, in other ways it couldn’t be more predictable. On Tuesday, for example, Republican senators made clear that they would do whatever they need to do to block President Barack

  • Editorials | February 23, 2016

    ‘Revenge porn’ should be illegal

    Sydney Carlin, a Democrat who represents much of Manhattan in the Kansas Legislature, is nothing if not persistent; it’s a trait that’s essential in a chamber dominated by Republicans. And it served her well this week as House members approved and sent to

  • Editorials | February 22, 2016

    Require conviction for property seizure

    Individuals convicted of crimes and who used their personal property — a car or a home, for example — to advance that criminal enterprise should be subject to losing those properties. That is Kansas law, and it’s appropriate. Less appropriate is a provision of state law

  • Editorials | February 21, 2016

    Putting government in its place

    Most members of the Kansas House of Representatives distrust the federal government enough to support a constitutional convention that would, from their perspective, bring Washington, D.C., back into line. The 77-44 vote Thursday wasn’t strong enough, however. If members hope to advance this

  • Editorials | February 19, 2016

    Not one of our finer moments

    If we could just take the politics out of the issue of replacing the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the rest would be, if not easy, a lot less disagreeable. Trouble is, we Americans have for some time been losing the art of

  • Editorials | February 17, 2016

    Highway speed limit is high enough

    It’s hard to fault state legislators for fudging a bit on speed limits, though they ought to know better than to talk on a cell phone while speeding. Not state Rep. John Bradford, a Lansing Republican. While recently tooling along on I-70 at what

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