Category: Editorials

End of the trail

Maybe we?ve seen the end of the Central Kansas Conservancy in Marion County. The reception CKC representatives received at Monday?s county commission meeting would seem to suggest that rails-to-trails is derailed here. Even though the concept of developing a biking and walking trail along the abandoned railroad right-of-way from Marion to McPherson has a certain appeal, it seemed an unrealistic […]

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Editorial: Madness

Madness? is a good word for the hype surrounding the NCAA Tournament. Right now, Kansas Jayhawk fans are still plugged in and ready to explode as their beloved heroes move into the sacred Final Four. As much as we enjoy the moment, we find ourselves stepping back every once in a while to see this crazy hullabaloo in perspective. The […]

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Tough cuts

USD 410?s latest budget challenge is surprising only in its timing. Word of an ongoing enrollment decline within the district has surfaced every so often. Most of us simply got used to the way the administration was able to absorb the accompanying reductions in state aid with little or no visible impact from the outside. Now to hear somewhat suddenly and urgently that the situation is serious enough to consider staff reductions is disconcerting.

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Guest Editorial- ‘Sunshine’ is healthy

After a long winter, it seems everyone is in the mood for some sunshine. It couldn?t be a better time to celebrate National Sunshine Week, a time for the citizens of Kansas to recommit themselves to the ideals of open government.

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Wild weather

We didn?t realize the magnitude of how challenging the year 2007 was for weather in Kansas until we reviewed the report from the National Weather Service in preparation for ?Severe Weather Awareness Week.? Not only did the state set a new record for tornadoes in a year?137, surpassing the previous record of 135 set two years earlier?but an array of […]

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More of Moran

In a day when it?s tempting to give up on politicians as demagogues and schemers, we recommend showing up at a Jerry Moran tour stop the next time our congressman comes through Marion County on his tour of ?The Big First.? We had that privilege Monday afternoon in Peabody, and again came away believing the Kansas First District may be […]

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Leap of faith

Don?t know what to do with your extra day on Friday? Since Leap Day, Feb. 29, comes around only once every four years, it seems fitting to celebrate the occasion by doing something you normally don?t do during the course of a standard year. For example, say something nice about the IRS. Leave a tip at fast-food restaurant…or any restaurant. […]

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Don’t be an idiot

Sometimes the best news stories are the ones you don?t have to write
because the tragedy didn?t happen. According to local emergency
responders, tragedy was barely avoided last week when fire, ambulance
and law enforcement personnel responded to a grass fire along U.S.
Highway 56 near the K-15 intersection just west of Lehigh.

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Dream season

Kansas Democrats and Republicans added their two bits in the national race for presidential nominees last week?in droves. The 2008 campaign season, which seemed to all of us to start way too early and promised to be a long and drawn-out endurance test, has unexpectedly turned into something of a dream season?akin to KU football?s run from rags to riches […]

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Positioned for the future

We wish Jules Glanzer nothing but success as he begins serving as Tabor College president. He has big shoes to fill with the retirement of Larry Nikkel. But the two men share important attributes that bode well for the health of the college: a genuine caring spirit for the people they seek to lead, strengths in organizational leadership, and a […]

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