Editorials

Last week’s rains and cold had us wondering if we could ever put winter wear away only to be followed by this week’s scorching temperatures.  Our region’s unpredictable weather is part of its charm —…

The European Union is about to deliver its biggest economic blow yet to Russian President Vladimir Putin: cutting off all E.U. imports of Russian oil. It won’t happen overnight. The proposal unveiled on Wednesday calls…

Campaigns to remove books from schools and libraries in the United States have increased dramatically in recent years. This book-banning frenzy has risen to such absurd heights that a recent headline read: “Florida rejects 41%…

The Supreme Court’s apparent decision to reverse its landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion is a breathtaking mistake, wrong on the law, politics, history and civil rights. For the first time in the nation’s…

The final nail in the coffin to federal protection of a woman’s right to abortion was likely delivered Monday night when a draft of a forthcoming decision of the U.S. Supreme Court was leaked to…

A blueprint for battling the toxic extremism currently gripping much of the Republican Party was provided last week by, of all sources, a Democratic state legislator in Michigan. In a floor speech that went viral,…

The Kansas Legislature could have axed the sales tax on food promptly. Read that again. Instead, Republican leaders have chosen to draw it out incrementally — essentially sticking it to Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a…

For the last two years, breakfast and lunch has been provided free to all students attending public schools.  For USD 257 schools in Iola, that has meant an additional 123 students taking advantage of the…

The constitutional principle of separation of church and state isn’t really that complicated: Americans are free to express their religious beliefs. But an instrument of government — like, say, a public employee on a high…

Crisis averted. That was doubtless the first response of many on Sunday upon learning that French President Emmanuel Macron had decisively turned back a challenge from far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Sometimes, a sigh of…