Friday, November 27, 2015


  • Editorials | November 27, 2015

    We must listen even though we disagree

    We liked the sound of Bill Clinton’s recent speech in Lawrence. In this week of Thanksgiving, we particularly liked an observation he made about progress in America, and about the area where we have made the least progress.

  • Editorials | November 27, 2015

    Make school boards more enticing places to serve

    It should come as no surprise that school board members here and elsewhere were disgusted by a proposal to ban them from serving if they have a conflict of interest.

  • Editorials | November 26, 2015

    It is gratefulness that makes us happy

    Let’s be grateful, not because we feel some guilt-ridden need to do so once a year. Let’s be grateful every day because it makes our lives a lot better.

  • Editorials | November 25, 2015

    Putin’s outrage is misdirected

    Russian warplanes have a history of violating the air space of NATO countries, including Turkey. It happens too often to be inadvertent. Rather, Russian incursions are more likely probes to gauge defensive responses while all but daring anyone to take a shot at them.

  • Letters | November 25, 2015

    Small Business Saturday strengthens local economy

    The traditional holiday shopping season officially kicks off this week with big box stores promoting special Black Friday sales, and to start next week, Cyber Monday supports shopping online. Sitting between these two big shopping days now sits Small Business Saturday

  • Letters | November 25, 2015

    Optimist Christmas tree sales benefit area youth

    The Manhattan Breakfast Optimist Club is continuing the annual tradition of selling Christmas trees and holiday decorations.

  • Editorials | November 24, 2015

    Jobless numbers are welcome signs

    Unemployment rates are traditionally low in Kansas, but it’s been years since either Manhattan or Kansas has enjoyed the jobless rates recorded in October.

  • Editorials | November 24, 2015

    Travel safely

    We encourage area travelers to take extra precautions to keep your loved ones warm and safe this Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful occasion.

  • Letters | November 24, 2015

    Many contributed to success of recent Buttons ‘n’ Bows

    The just-completed Buttons ‘n’ Bows was once again a resounding success, thanks to the tireless efforts of many parents, students and com-munity volunteers.

  • Letters | November 23, 2015

    Let’s protect young from themselves

    The overall death rate from all drug overdoses for Kansans 12 to 25 years old is 5.9 per 100,000. That might not sound alarming, but the rate doesn’t lessen the grief for the families and friends of those who suffer fatal drug overdoses.

  • Letters | November 23, 2015

    Realtor, property owner should be embarrassed

    I am writing in response to the Mercury article on Nov. 20 concerning the problem of run-down houses in the 500 block of Moro Street.

  • Letters | November 23, 2015

    Fix shabby properties, or price them realistically

    Congratulations to Loren Pepperd for the front-page advertisement of his listings in the 500 block of Moro Street. Most of us would have to pay real money for that kind of thing.

  • Editorials | November 21, 2015

    Governor’s water plan on right track

    Gov. Sam Brownback was correct last week to note that if Kansans truly want to preserve the state’s diminishing water supply, the time has come to shift from talk to action.

  • Letters | November 21, 2015

    We should heed words on the Statue of Liberty

    On the news since the tragedy in Paris, I have heard coverage of the decision of the Kansas governor, and far too many others, to ensure that no Syrian refugees sully our communities.

  • Letters | November 21, 2015

    Thanks for helping EMS to assist area’s poor, hungry

    The generosity of the public surpassed our expectations, and we are thankful to help provide much-needed food to the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

  • Letters | November 21, 2015

    Friendship Meal grateful for Pilot Club’s generosity

    A big thank-you to the Little Apple Pilot Club from the Friendship Meal program. Thank you so very much for the apples and gift cards provided for our meal volunteers.

  • Columns | November 21, 2015

    Kurds bring good news in battle against ISIS

    It is hard to be optimistic in the aftermath of the events in Paris. Nevertheless, if events on the ground in Iraq lead to additional military victories for the Kurds and an increased willingness by the Obama administration to support them, the situation may not be completely dark.

  • Editorials | November 20, 2015

    Slide show smacks of Islamophobia

    Commissioner Peterjohn is correct that there is a threat (from Islamic radicals) to our nation. But whether out of ignorance or willful discrimination, he errs badly in lumping the name Mohammed with criminal acts.

  • Letters | November 20, 2015

    Cattle country is no place for foot-and-mouth research

    As a research university, we receive generous funding through our nation’s defense budget. In an effort to keep the people and livestock of Kansas safe, can we give this task of foot-and-mouth research to a more appropriate location?

  • Editorials | November 19, 2015

    Banning drug ads isn’t the answer

    The American Medical Association, which on Tuesday called for a ban on the direct advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices to consumers, isn’t likely to get one.  Nor should it.

  • Letters | November 19, 2015

    Rejecting Syrian refugees plays into terrorists’ hands

    The recent action of the Brownback administration to ban state agencies from helping to relocate Syrian refugees is short-sighted, wrong-headed, lacking in compassion and simply morally wrong.

  • Letters | November 19, 2015

    Community benefited from military memorabilia display

    During the recent military Veterans Appreciation Week (Nov. 9-13), veterans were able for the ninth time to display our group’s large amount of military memorabilia.

  • Editorials | November 18, 2015

    Put children’s needs ahead of politics

    There’s nothing wrong with the Kansas Department of Children and Families’ review of foster care regulations as long as what’s best for children is central to the effort.

  • Letters | November 18, 2015

    Welcome for Vietnam vets brought that war to an end

    On Nov, 6, the United States Army and Major Gen. Wayne Grigsby did a very honorable thing at Fort Riley’s Marshall Field. The general hosted a welcome-home ceremony for more than 100 Vietnam veterans.

  • Letters | November 18, 2015

    Thanks for helping us give back to our community

    On Oct. 31, 563 pounds of food and $98 in cash were collected for the Flint Hills Breadbasket. On Nov. 7, a full-size truck bed was packed with undergarments and $110.20 in cash for the Manhattan Emergency Shelter.

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