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Great that Cargill is staying in Wichita

Wichita could exhale upon learning Tuesday that Cargill’s protein business headquarters would relocate locally, in a decision that boosts the city’s economic fortunes while strengthening the bond between the global company and Kansas.

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Is partnership between zoo, county at risk?

The Sedgwick County Zoo is much too important to the community for its county operating agreement to be in doubt at all, let alone for months on end. So it was uncomfortable to see the County Commission vote last week to extend the uncertainty until Nov. 18.

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State, school budget cuts are taking a toll

Kansas’ fiscal mismanagement is not a victimless crime. On Wednesday the list of the injured grew as the state slashed Medicaid payments and higher education spending, the Wichita school board cut jobs and bus access, and state universities requested tuition and fee hikes.

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At least courts are protecting voting rights in Kansas

The mess that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has made of voter registration draws yawns at the Statehouse. At least the courts continue to look out for the thousands of Kansans who would have registered to vote since 2013 if not for the Kobach-pushed law requiring they produce U.S. citizenship documents.

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Allow gender change on birth certificate

Everyday living is challenging enough for transgender individuals, without the Brownback administration seeking to officially deny their gender identity in Kansas and the Obama administration escalating the war with the states over bathroom preference.

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Latest delay on training center makes sense

At 17 years and counting, the pace of progress toward a new joint law enforcement training center for the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office remains glacial. But it was hard to argue with much of what prompted the County Commission to vote Wednesday to delay a decision and seek a joint meeting with the Wichita City Council on the center and other shared public safety needs.

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Session lacked give-and-take, debate

The 73-day legislative session fell within the 75 that Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, predicted in December – a relief after last year’s record-breaking 114. But speed and any resulting legislation aren’t all that matter. So does the process, which seems to include less give-and-take and true debate every year.

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Sooner Kansas Supreme Court rules on school funding, the better

Courts are supposed to be guided by the law and the facts, not the clock. But Kansans can hope their state Supreme Court decides as soon as possible after Tuesday’s hearing whether the Legislature has done enough to restore equity to K-12 school funding under its block-grant plan and to avoid a threatened school shutdown.

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Kansans leaving welfare but not poverty

State lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback are patting themselves on the back for placing more restrictions on welfare and food stamp recipients, characterizing the demands as a form of “tough love.” But there is little evidence that many of these Kansans are rising out of poverty.

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Lawmakers did manage to pass some good bills

The short legislative session saw the usual unneeded bills, and no lasting fiscal remedy. But some of the ideas that were bundled and pushed through in the final days are worthy of praise and Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature, especially those aimed at promoting transparency and open government.

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