Tuesday, September 1, 2015


  • Off The Beat | February 17, 2013

    Life lessons and baseball

    Ned seaton

    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby The last real baseball game I ever played was probably in the summer of 1982, just before I went to high school. I’m not sure.

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Book tells how stitched works of art tell stories, preserve history


    A quilt is not just something to keep you warm at night. In 2002, Sandi Fox, curator of quilts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, staged an exhibition of thirty-nine quilts, bed covers and comforters from the period 1840 to 1940 that had been made in

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Parents’ murder uncovers long history of bizarre parental control

    It’s only right that parents want their children to excel. But is it fair to force a child to perform like another Bach, Beethoven or Chopin? What about shaping a young prodigy’s artistic skills to the point where his parents and art critics

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Highlighting African-American literature through history


    African American literature has a long history, tracing its roots to 18th-century writers such as Phillis Wheatley. In addition to being the first African American to publish a book, “Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral,” 1773, Wheatley was the first person of African descent to

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Espionage keeps readers guessing in Hiller’s ‘Shake Off’

    Shake off.phatch

    Michel Anton is a likeable, earnest young man who’s quite the survivor. As he says early on in “Shake Off,” he was born in the Sabra refugee camp in Beirut, “just one of the many hundreds of thousands of Palestinians born outside Palestine who

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    ‘Super Brain’ focuses on self-improvement, happiness mental health


    This is one of the most relevant books I have read about self-improvements to maximize health, happiness and well-being. Deepak Chopra is a medical doctor and Rudolph Tanzi is a professor of neurology at Harvard University. They explain why you should improve your mind and

  • Editorials | February 17, 2013

    Senate bill bigfoots local governments

    The Riley County Commission had good reason Thursday to balk at a legislative proposal that would prohibit commissioners from paying a lobbyist to try to sway state lawmakers on issues of importance to Riley County. And Manhattan Mayor Loren Pepperd, who testified against the proposal

  • Letters | February 17, 2013

    Library is gearing up for its annual book sale

    To the Editor: As chairs of Manhattan Public Library’s Book Committee, we want to thank the patrons who donate their used books, the librarians at the Information Desk who collect the donations and the volunteers who collectively put in more than 1,000 hours this past

  • Letters | February 17, 2013

    America cannot correct all of its leaders’ mistakes

    To the Editor: Sometimes we wonder what is going on. President Jimmy Carter, to be kind or politically correct or whatever, gave the Panama Canal, which the United states had built, to the Panamanian government. More recently, the Panamanian government was in need of cash,

  • Columns | February 17, 2013

    Obama is not just another ‘dude’

    While I recognize Bill Felber’s right to express his opinion about President Barack Obama’s trip to Nevada to speak to an audience of mostly Latino high school students about immigration reform, I feel the “Arts and Entertainment” section of the Mercury (Sunday, Feb. 10)&

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