• Manning doesn’t deserve freedom

    In some circles, President Barack Obama added polish to his legacy Tuesday when he commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private serving 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act and other crimes. In our view, however, the .

  • Isn’t torture debate settled?

    It can be hard to tell with President-elect Donald Trump, or earlier with candidate Donald Trump, which of the many blunt declarations he makes constitute bluster and which will become policy. On the campaign trail, for instance, Mr. Trump was .

  • A cause worth championing

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day serves multiple purposes, some intended, some simply acquired in the years since it became a national holiday. It is, of course, a day to celebrate the contributions the Rev. King made to American society and .

  • Let’s move on from K-State 2025

    There’s always been something contrived about K-State’s 2025 goal. We think now is a good time to step back from it. “K-State 2025” is shorthand for the university’s goal of becoming a top 50-ranked public research university by 2025. That .

  • Recreation plan holds promise

    Manhattan residents moved a step closer on Tuesday to deciding whether to pay a modest sales tax for an impressive array of recreational upgrades across the city. Much remains to be determined, but the Manhattan City Commission’s decision to .

  • Ice storm could be treacherous

    Weather forecasters aren’t always right, but area residents would be foolish to ignore the consensus forecast of an ice storm that expected to strike this weekend. Ice storms can be deadly. A tiny layer of ice can make roads .

  • Not a promising start for governor

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s defense in his State of the State address of the tax policies that have defined his tenure is perhaps understandable, but Kansans ought to know by now that those policies haven’t succeeded. Nor should Kansans .

  • Enough, Mr. Huelskamp

    Tim Huelskamp, who once represented Kansas in Congress and hopes to do so again, needs more to do. He also could benefit from an attitude adjustment, but that’s been true for about as long as he served in public .

  • Don’t rush Cabinet hearings

    It will be a busy week for U.S. senators involved in confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. On Tuesday, senators will consider the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. The next .

  • Revenue report not great, but OK

    Kansas hasn’t enjoyed a big dose of good financial news in a long time, and given the degree of budget turmoil, Kansans would be wise not to hold their breath waiting for great news. Still, the first revenue report .

  • Trump’s ‘great’ border wall

    President-elect Donald Trump really needs to learn to sleep through the night — or at least save his middle-of-the-night communiqués for genuine emergencies. Yet at 3:19 this morning, he beamed the following tweet to the world: “The dishonest media does not .

  • A new threat to national parks?

    From Public Citizen’s perspective, Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, has just opened the national parks to a flood of commercialization. Said Public Citizen: ‘It is disgraceful that the parks service plans to sell our national parks .


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