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  • Letters | October 28, 2012

    Harms working to protect residents and property

    To the Editor: We encourage you to vote for Rod Harms for the position of Riley County commissioner, District 3.

  • Books | October 28, 2012

    A noteworthy murder mystery within a lost cloister

    The beautiful mystery.phatch

    Put yourself in the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entreles-Loups. It’s existed in near anonymity for hundreds of years —the home of what remains of the Gilbertine order, which fled the Inquisition and ended up in the New World, deep in the Quebec woods (Saint-Gilbert-Entreles-Loups means Saint

  • Columns | October 28, 2012

    Farm policy difficult for federal government

    National farm policy, in my personal view, has behaved over time like a lurching, overweight and clumsy machine driven by amateurs and causing more harm than good. Its successes have usually been compensatory reverses from disastrous or overly complicated programs like the old set aside

  • Football | October 28, 2012

    Williams’ effort paces K-State defense

    Kansas State defensive end Meshak Williams is still waiting to hear from Ralph Guidry. Guidry, who had a penchant for blocking kicks in his K-State career on the defensive line, may have found the next Wildcat to carry his torch, as Williams not only blocked

  • Books | October 28, 2012

    There’s no place like Kansas to a native Kansan

    Book fall of alice.phatch

    Tracy Seeley, former English professor at Yale writes brilliantly about detailed memories of Kansas from an early age. These include rich descriptions of places where she lived, relationships and people who shaped her life. She is excellent at research, places, events and people. However, in

  • Books | October 28, 2012

    A look at fascinating biographies, stories about women

    I’m a pretty eclectic reader overall with interests that bounce around through much of the Dewey Decimal system and make forays into all sorts of fiction. But an ongoing and constant reading interest of mine is books about women’s lives, which have fascinated

  • Editorials | October 28, 2012

    Support half-cent sales tax renewal

    A decade ago, Riley County voters recognized the importance of job creation and public safety. They approved a half-cent sales tax to support efforts to attract new employers, to help existing companies expand and to build and maintain roads and bridges. We urge voters to

  • Letters | October 28, 2012

    Does God care who wins Texas prep football games?

    To the Editor: On page C8 of Oct. 21 Mercury, an article told about a Texas judge’s decision to permit high school cheerleaders to use Biblical quotes on their banners. The authorities, from the governor on down, were quite pleased with this.

  • Letters | October 28, 2012

    Harms’ leadership will be good for Riley County

    To the Editor: I am a past executive director for the Hoisington, Kan., Main Street program. Rod Harms was a member of our board of directors, Economic Restructuring Committee and treasurer for the organization.

  • Letters | October 28, 2012

    Harms knows tax renewal is essential for infrastructure

    To the Editor: Approximately a month ago the Manhattan Mercury published my comments to the editor concerning the newspaper’s policy of charging for printing political letters. Rod Harms, a candidate for Riley County Commission, rose to my challenge, contacted me and ad-dressed my questions

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