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Eagle editorial: Judge deserves rebuke

The Kansas Supreme Court should follow a state panel’s recommendation and publicly censure Sedgwick County District Judge Timothy Henderson for violating judicial conduct rules. And voters should remember the rebuke if Henderson runs for office again.

Eagle editorial: Guard against racial profiling

A third study finding that black motorists in Wichita are ticketed at disproportionately higher rates than whites should to lead to more efforts to guard against racial profiling and, it follows, foster public trust. Data collection and an advisory board, though essential, aren’t enough.

Eagle editorial: Preserve highway fund

Americans are about to find out whether Congress can act when it must to keep from idling highway construction projects across the country.

Kansas views on job losses, suspended voters, Kobach-Schodorf, Kansas Chamber, same-sex marriage

Job losses – Last November, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed Kansas had reached a postrecession high in total nonfarm employment with 1,384,900 jobs. But in the report ending in May, the number had fallen to 1,383,300, or a loss of 1,600 jobs. While that’s a small sum, Kansas was one of only five states in the nation to shed employment over that time. All of Kansas’ neighbors have done far better since November.

Eagle editorial: Wichita needs more big economic scores

McConnell Air Force Base’s status as the future home of 36 new KC-46A tankers, celebrated at last week’s groundbreaking for $197 million in new construction, will boost Wichita’s economy and ego. But the community needs more big scores, and the competitive incentives it takes these days to recruit businesses and jobs. Can it get them?

Our sacred honor

The Declaration of Independence expresses the will of a brave group of Americans who put their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor on the line to fight a monarchy that saw the oppression of its subjects as a divine right. Spend a few minutes reflecting upon the words of our nation’s founders as they made their case for human rights and freedom.

Eagle editorial: Can’t afford more tax cuts

Before the state cuts income taxes further, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis first wants to restore funding to public education. That’s admirable, though there is a more fundamental reason to put the brakes on more tax cutting: The state can’t afford it.

Eagle editorial: Roberts, Moran hope for GOP takeover of Senate

Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran are hopeful that the opinion polling will hold true and their Republican Party will retake control of the dysfunctional Senate from Democrats and especially from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Eagle editorial: Government sees some sunshine

Whatever the weather Tuesday in Kansas, the state will newly enjoy some sunshine – the kind that lets citizens better see and scrutinize their government. The law allowing public access to documents used to justify arrests and searches is one plus among some other actions by the 2014 Legislature taking effect.

Kansas views on state budget, Kobach, tuition hike, school taxes

State budget – After the Legislature approved deep income tax cuts that took effect in 2013, revenues have plunged. In recent days, Gov. Sam Brownback and others have tried to obfuscate this fiscal disaster.

Eagle editorial: Same-sex marriage ban not holding

Nine years ago, Kansans overwhelmingly voted to amend the state constitution to leave no doubt that same-sex marriage and civil unions were unlawful. But it’s getting difficult to see that bulwark holding, especially after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel’s ruling last week that Utah’s ban is unconstitutional under federal law.

Eagle editorial: Mixed results on recovery

The good news is that Kansas employment levels are recovering from the Great Recession. The not-so-good news is that the recovery has been slower than in neighboring states and not enough to replace revenue lost from state tax cuts.

Eagle editorial: All not well on voting

With the Aug. 5 primary approaching, the voting rights of more than 18,000 Kansans are snagged on the law requiring proof of citizenship to register as of 2013. Yet Secretary of State Kris Kobach acts as if all is well. As for the governor, attorney general and legislative leaders – cue the crickets.

Eagle editorial: Sex trafficking happens here

Whatever a scene of the crime of child sex trafficking looks like, surely it isn’t Wichita and Kansas. Yet such crimes happen here and in hometowns everywhere, which is why local, state and federal law enforcement must continue to protect children from exploitation.

Eagle editorial: How would candidates fix state finances?

Even if the $310 million disparity between revenue projections and tax collections turns out to have been a two-month phenomenon rather than the start of a cliff dive, Kansans should demand that candidates, including likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis, say how they’d handle the state’s worrisome finances.

Kansas views on state finances, Kansas Chamber, suspended voters, due process, privatizing education

State finances – Gov. Sam Brownback is misleading Kansans while ignoring some troubling realities. He trumpets a rebound in the state’s finances – even in the face of stunning declines in revenues. He repeats his mantra that deep tax cuts will grow the Kansas economy as part of a “Midwest renaissance” – even while other governors decline to follow that strategy.

Eagle editorial: Cities raising sales tax

Cities in south-central Kansas and elsewhere are cranking up the sales tax in an effort to pay for services the best way they know how – by not dipping deeper into the property tax well.

Eagle editorial: Tuition keeps climbing

If the reaction to the state universities’ latest tuition increases is relief rather than outcry, that’s sadly telling.

Eagle editorial: Air Capital Classic is back

Twenty-five cheers for the Air Capital Classic, which will extend the event’s impressive run to the quarter-century mark Thursday through Sunday at Crestview Country Club (North).

Eagle editorial: Scrutinize foster care

Foster care doesn’t garner media or legislative attention the way it did during the challenging transition to privatization 17 years ago. But it shouldn’t go unnoticed that the number of kids in foster care in Kansas recently reached an alarming all-time high.

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