Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | January 19, 2015

    Fort Riley could be ‘vulnerable’

    There was plenty of reason for optimism at the weekend gathering in Overland Park of regional community leaders, as participants recognized that much of the planning in recent years has set the stage for significant progress on several fronts. Yet little would have a greater

  • Editorials | January 17, 2015

    King continues to inspire Americans

    One day, perhaps, when we celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday anniversary, we’ll also be able to celebrate the eradication of racism and other forms of bigotry. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet. In the last year, for example, the racial

  • Editorials | January 16, 2015

    Unfortunately, more of the same

    Kansans who like the direction that Gov. Sam Brownback is taking this state probably took heart from his remarks in his annual State of the State address. We’re not among them. We were dismayed that the governor attributes the massive funding shortfall — $710 million over

  • Editorials | January 15, 2015

    Save some money for job creation

    We’re beginning to think that local elected officials regard economic development funds the way Kansas legislators look at state highway funds — as a handy source of money for whatever they might need. Economic development funds on Tuesday became the default option to subsidize construction

  • Editorials | January 14, 2015

    Oil price drop a mixed blessing

    That Kansas will receive about $8.2 million less in severance tax revenue this fiscal year than experts had projected is another dose of negative financial news in a state that’s been buffeted by related disappointments for months. Granted, $8.2 million is a small percentage of the $279

  • Editorials | January 13, 2015

    Let’s not dismiss cyber ‘prank’

    Given the attention focused on the hacking Monday of U.S. Central Command of military forces in the Middle East, Americans might wonder how much they ought to worry. In public, military spokesmen liken the attack on CentCom’s Twitter and YouTube accounts to “cybervandalism”

  • Editorials | January 12, 2015

    Snyder much more than a football coach

    Statistics are essential criteria for selection to the College Football Hall of Fame. Running backs are measured by yards, average gains and touchdowns; linebackers are judged in large part by their tackles and sacks. As a story in Friday’s Mercury explained, coaches must have

  • Editorials | January 11, 2015

    Getting the recipe just right

    We don’t have the perfect solution to the problem of food trucks operating on public streets, but we are confident that individuals smart enough to own and operate businesses will be able to come up with some options. We rather like the idea of

  • Editorials | January 09, 2015

    Obama, Congress must do better

    Despite early remarks about making nice, congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama didn’t take long to resume sparring. The president, for instance, indicated he would veto a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

  • Editorials | January 08, 2015

    Horror in Paris felt worldwide

    We are shocked and saddened by the massacre Wednesday by Islamic terrorists at Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly satirical magazine in Paris. We are shocked for multiple reasons, not the least of which is the simple fact that this attack on unarmed individuals in which 12


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