Monday, May 30, 2016


  • Editorials | May 28, 2016

    Pause to remember America’s fallen

    As the entire population of Fort Riley, and anyone who has lost a loved one in combat is keenly aware, there is vastly more to Memorial Day than standing around the backyard grill with friends and beer.

  • Columns | May 28, 2016

    North Korea yells, but nobody is listening

    For a diplomat, nothing is more frustrating than dealing with North Korea. It does not play by the same rules as other countries. There is, however, logic to its actions, even if it is hard for us to relate to.

  • Editorials | May 27, 2016

    Sen. Hatch… meet Judge Garland

    It was just a little accident of timing, but it revealed how little progress Democrats have made in advancing the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Letters | May 27, 2016

    Make plans to participate in fifth ‘Taste of the ‘Ville’

    As the fifth annual Taste of the ’Ville is fast approaching — it will be Saturday, June 11 — we would like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to all the restaurants that have partnered with us.

  • Editorials | May 26, 2016

    How trustworthy is Clinton?

    Hillary Clinton violated State Department rules in using a home e-mail server for official business and did a poor job of preserving federal records when she was this country’s Secretary of State.

  • Editorials | May 25, 2016

    Returning K-State to a sustainable path

    The 5.81-percent tuition increase that Kansas State University proposes to charge students this fall isn’t much of a surprise.

  • Editorials | May 24, 2016

    Taliban still won’t be tamed

    Americans who were glad to learn that Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, had been killed over the weekend in a drone strike in Pakistan ought to realize that not even U.S. leaders are sure what it means for peace.

  • Letters | May 24, 2016

    Roundabouts are here to stay; get used to them

    I read Monday night’s harangue on “turnarounds” with a certain amount of amusement. First, let me say for the longest time I also resisted their allure, but have now conceded their value and safety.

  • Editorials | May 23, 2016

    Challenges await high school grads

    For most area adults, this is just another Monday in May. For hundreds of others, especially certain young adults, this is the first Monday since they became high school graduates.

  • Letters | May 23, 2016

    ‘Turnarounds’ don’t prevent problems; they cause them

    I have no idea how many accidents have happened in these turnarounds, but I hope that if enough accidents happen, the city will see the folly of installing these blasted things.

  • Editorials | May 21, 2016

    Choosing the next KSU president…

    The people in charge of picking the next president at Kansas State University are asking for help, and we’d like to offer some thoughts.

  • Letters | May 21, 2016

    Juneteenth promises a variety of activities

    The 27th annual Manhattan Juneteenth Cele-bration will be held Saturday, June 18, at City Park. The theme of this year’s event is “Freedom — Community — Family.”

  • Letters | May 21, 2016

    Olsburg has much to offer area residents

    After I finished reading the historically-based article about the town of Olsburg in the May 6 edition of The Mercury, it became quite clear that unfortunately, so few of the many, many businesses and services Olsburg has to offer were recognized.

  • Columns | May 21, 2016

    Risk of East-West confrontation in Europe grows

    While much attention has been focused on U.S. domestic matters, the situation on Russia’s border with NATO has been heating up. Conflict is not imminent, but the situation in that region has grown more tense.

  • Editorials | May 20, 2016

    NFL right to repay Pentagon

    It probably won’t take long for Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer to get right with Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake and the Department of Defense.

  • Editorials | May 20, 2016

    Olympic ideals

    The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games don’t need additional problems. Already beset by pollution woes, domestic political turmoil and Zika-bearing mosquitoes, the games might take place without one of the main national teams

  • Letters | May 20, 2016

    Employers are vital partners in MHS Job Skills Program

    I’d like to take a moment to express appreciation to numerous local employers whose sup-port has been invaluable to our Manhattan High School Jobs Skills Program.

  • Letters | May 20, 2016

    Thanks for helping carriers in ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ drive

    On Saturday, May 14, Branch 1018 of the National Association of Letter Carriers conducted our annual food drive. As we delivered our mail, we collected food donations along our mail routes and took them to the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

  • Editorials | May 19, 2016

    Higher education hardships grow

    The best chance Kansas State University and the University of Kansas had for something resembling a fair shake with regard to funding died Wednesday.

  • Letters | May 19, 2016

    MATC graduates should be proud of their skills

    During this time of year, many organizations in this region, including K-State, Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan High School and others, graduate excellent students.

  • Letters | May 19, 2016

    District, Mercury should learn value of a school day

    On Thursday, May 5, the Mercury had two front-page articles that left me wondering whether I should laugh or cry.

  • Columns | May 18, 2016

    Youth are a focus of mental health

    Let’s take this opportunity to recommit ourselves to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health.

  • Letters | May 18, 2016

    RCPD officer’s courtesy, professionalism appreciated

    While visiting Manhattan recently, my husband and I were very impressed with the politeness and respect shown by one of your Riley County police officers, and I wanted to take a moment to express our appreciation.

  • Editorials | May 17, 2016

    A curious way to help the poor

    Kansans want to believe that the welfare reform measure Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Monday puts the interests of poor people in this state first, as the governor suggests.

  • Columns | May 17, 2016

    A discussion worth your time

    For supporters of public education, the idea of cutting state funding is frightening. For those who want to shrink that budget, cuts to education are necessary and desirable.

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