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  • Columns | November 05, 2013

    An evening conversation: time traveler

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    At least Tuesday had the decency to dawn gray and yucky, thank goodness. Let me explain… There was a great margarine commercial that aired many years ago – for a brand called “Chiffon,” I think. The premise was that the margarine was so much like natural

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 05, 2013

    Polish expert sees country in crisis

    The country that weathered the transition from communism better than any other is going through its deepest crisis since that transition. Jerzy Wiatr, a political scientist and former politician in Poland, describes his country in those stark terms. He is in Manhattan this week to

  • Arts, Leisure | November 05, 2013

    Fine production makes the most of play’s comedy


    Kate Fodor’s “RX” is a funny play. The story is also tragic and maybe a touch sweet. Certainly the mixture of elements proved to be entertaining during last weekend’s production of the play in The Purple Masque Theater. The Masque (soon to be

  • Local |Education | November 05, 2013

    USD 383 school board to hear budget options

    The USD 383 school board will hear its options for dealing with a budget shortfall during its meeting at 6:30 pm Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center. The 2013-14 budget was built on an enrollment increase of 125 students, but enrollment remained flat on the Sept. 20 count date

  • Editorials | November 05, 2013

    UNESCO is in America’s interests

    In October 2011, the United States cut off funding for UNESCO because the agency had just admitted Palestine as its newest member. Whether the funding cut was wise didn’t matter; two U.S. laws, one from 1990 and another from 1994, required the United States to halt

  • Letters | November 05, 2013

    Where should society look to turn people from suicide?

    To the Editor: In a recent issue of the Mercury, there were two apparently unrelated detailed articles dealing with related issues, namely, the marked in-crease in the rate of suicides in Kansas and the decrease in funding for mental health ser-vices. Suicide is among the

  • Letters | November 05, 2013

    Mail carrier’s kind act sets a positive example

    To the Editor: On a recent Saturday I want for a walk in the neighborhood. I was walking along McDowell Avenue when I noticed a mail truck coming up the street. There was a house where the people had apparently left town for a few

  • Letters | November 05, 2013

    K-State Marching Band is one of region’s gems

    To the Editor: We in this land of purple have many things to be proud of. The Pride of Wildcat Land, t he Kan-sas State University Marching Band, is one of those at the very top of the list.  Amazing. Mar-velous. Outstanding. Inspira-tional… Just

  • Obituaries | November 05, 2013


    Nancy Jane (Blacker) Wells, 57, of Hutchinson, died Friday in Hutchinson.  The family provided some of the following information. She was born on Jan. 27, 1956, in Beloit. She was the daughter of James C. Blacker and Delores (Schaffer) Blacker Thomas.  Nancy was a graduate of

  • Obituaries | November 05, 2013


    John Lee Eichman, 61, of Wamego, died Saturday in Wamego. The family provided some of the following information. John was born Aug. 3, 1952 in Topeka. He was the son of Wilfred Henry “Ike” and Ruth (Julien) Eichman. He attended schools in Wamego, graduating from Wamego High School

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