Editorials

Editorials

Stop messing with Sedgwick County Zoo

The negotiation deadlock between the nonprofit Sedgwick County Zoological Society and county government is bad for the community and its premier attraction. And the prospect of a Jan. 1 county takeover of the zoo’s day-to-day operations is just nutty.

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Wichita leading on the arts; state losing funding

The city of Wichita deserves high praise for keeping up its long-term commitment to cultural funding, despite the Great Recession and other pressures. Its support is in impressive contrast to that of the state, which just cost Kansas arts groups a year of regional grants and still risks losing its federal funding as well.

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Repairing the ‘trust gap’

In the aftermath of last week’s shooting deaths around the country, including a sniper’s murder of five Dallas officers, Americans angry or discouraged about the state of relations between police and minorities should keep an eye on Wichita.

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Few tax-cutters left on ballot

Perhaps the biggest issues in the upcoming legislative elections are the 2012 state income tax cuts and the resulting budget shortfalls. But for voters who want to send a message to the lawmakers who recklessly approved those tax cuts, there won’t be many chances.

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Kansas mental health centers take hits

Some legislative incumbents and candidates act as if the governor’s budget-balancing is just responsible fiscal management, without pain or other consequences. Those on the front line of community mental health in Kansas have a different view.

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Hyatt Regency a crucial asset

Selling the Hyatt Regency Wichita is not a simple as accepting payment and handing over the keys, given how the Hyatt and Century II are connected – physically and operationally – and how the Hyatt must fit into future riverfront development.

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More trust, understanding, justice

“Enough is enough,” said one sign at Thursday’s Old Town protest against recent police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana. But the remedy is not more violence, such as the horror that ended a like-minded march in Dallas later that night, but more trust, more understanding, more justice.

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State airplane not a personal perk, party bus

As the Kansas Highway Patrol website puts it, the 2001 model “King Air supports the protective services detail to the governor and other public officials.” Surely most voters would rather it not be treated like a personal perk or a party bus.

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Strong support for new Wichita library

The call went out last fall for more private dollars to enhance the new library and expand the vision of a community gathering place and digitally up-to-date asset to Wichita’s educational infrastructure and cultural identity. The charitable and corporate donors responded.

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More sunshine in Kansas government

Whatever the weather in Kansas on Friday and beyond, governments around the state will operate in more sunshine. That’s because of the new state law that considers public officials’ e-mails about public business to be public records, even if they’re sent using private e-mail accounts or personal devices.

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Funeral service for KCK police Capt. Robert Melton

The funeral service for Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Capt. Robert "Dave" Melton on Saturday morning at Children's Mercy Park.
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Funeral service for KCK police Capt. Robert Melton

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