Editorials

State hospitals need scrutiny, resources

While the spotlight is on legislators’ quest to balance revenues and expenditures overall, some recesses of the state budget need much more attention and money – the state mental hospitals and the sexual predator treatment program.

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Why lawmakers should leave EITC alone

Some in the Legislature are targeting the earned income tax credit for reduction or elimination – and for the $50 million it costs the state a year. That seems foolish and risky, given that the $50 million counts as part of the match qualifying Kansas for federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funding of about $102 million a year.

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Movie News & Reviews

Review: ‘Aloha’ squeaks by on charm

“Aloha” shows how far a movie can go on charm alone. The latest from writer-director Cameron Crowe is an ungainly collection of likable but awkward scenes. Crowe introduces a serious topic without really examining it, and even the romance feels off, with a pair of lovers who seem mismatched. To complete the picture, Crowe tags on an ending that’s convenient but not convincing.

World

Skateboarders in Cuba find a niche despite outlaw image

As Cubans enthusiastically adopt skateboarding, they learn to make do with a shortage of equipment, limited recreational sites and occasional harassment – another example of the challenge of emulating trends elsewhere that have not received official sanction in the island nation.

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