• Editorials | October 19, 2014

    Politics won’t help in Ebola fight

    What’s more troubling about Ebola? That it has grown from a handful of cases less than a year ago to possibly tens of thousands today and continues to accelerate? Or that we — governments and people — could have stopped it in its tracks months ago

  • Letters | October 19, 2014

    Death penalty isn’t worth the chance of a fatal mistake

    To the Editor: The recent Manhattan Mercury article about Eddie Lowery was well done and interesting, especially for those who had not known his story. I would like to add some context to his presentation about his exoneration from a wrongful conviction for rape and

  • Letters | October 19, 2014

    Paid Endorsement: Carlin has earned your vote during six successful terms

    To the Editor: Sydney Carlin is actively running, unopposed, to maintain her current legislative seat. She is the mother of four grown children, a Manhattan resident for more than 40 years and a K-State graduate. Sydney has served as Manhattan’s mayor and as a city

  • Letters | October 19, 2014

    Paid Endorsement: Carlin dedicated to working to boost education funding

    To the Editor: Though Sydney Carlin is running unopposed for the Kansas House of Representatives, she continues to walk her district listening to the comments and concerns of her constituents. As we walk door-to-door with her, we realize this is an important way that she

  • Letters | October 19, 2014

    Paid Endorsement: Republicans are doing more harm than good

    To the Editor: Like many other Kansas Republicans, we’re disappointed in our party’s leaders. Gov. Sam Brownback’s purging of moderate Republican legislators, devastating fiscal experimentation and undermining of health care are appalling. Sen. Pat Roberts’ lackluster performance and Secretary of State Kris

  • Obituaries | October 19, 2014


    Marc C. Fullington, 73, of Clay Center, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Presbyterian Manor in Clay Center. Marc was born on April 9, 1941. He married Barbara Caldwell on June 18, 1966. She died in 2002. Survivors include his son, Brad Fullington, Andover; daughter, Kim and husband Larry Franken, Kansas City, Kan.;

  • Movies | October 19, 2014

    ‘Left Behind’ overcomes most of its indy limitations


    The latest installment of “Left Behind” is a decent thriller with substantial suspense and some decent acting. But consider, for a moment, all the topics associated with or raised by the movie, any one of which would take a couple of columns of newsprint to

  • Obituaries | October 19, 2014


    James Byron Morris Sr, 77, of Manhattan, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at the Stoneybrook Retirement Community in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. He was born on July 3, 1937, in Darlington, S.C., the son of James Franklin Morris and Anna Mary Hicks. James worked

  • Gardening | October 19, 2014

    Time to plant spring-blooming bulbs


    Spring blooming bulbs are readily available and ready to be planted. Planting them outside in patches is one way to enjoy them. My landscape is scattered with daffodils and crocus. There are some snowdrops in the back border. A few hyacinths have returned over the

  • Columns | October 19, 2014

    Deflation also threat to buying power

    During wild price swings many recall, understand and fear inflation as an insidious threat to our buying power as the paper dollars in our wallets buy less and less as prices go up. But what happens if prices go down? Some economists fear that our

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