Monday, February 8, 2016


  • Editorials | February 08, 2016

    Proposal should be dumped for good

    The proposal to allow for the prosecution of teachers for presenting what some contend is harmful material is back in the Kansas Legislature. Unfortunately, it’s no better an idea this year than it was last year.

  • Letters | February 08, 2016

    Right-wing extremists are wrecking this state

    The governor has become a poor-man’s dictator who wants absolute control of all phases of government. He and his right-wing cohort have brought this state to its knees financially.

  • Editorials | February 06, 2016

    Armbrust has been up to the task

    Kansas needs more individuals like Manhattan resident John Armbrust, who last week announced that he would resign in April as executive director of the Governor’s Military Council.

  • Columns | February 06, 2016

    Toughness is a Russian trait, and Putin has it

    One of the most difficult things to instill in the minds of students and members of Congress alike is the importance of understanding Russian culture (one of toughness) if one hopes to deal with Russians at the official level.

  • Editorials | February 05, 2016

    A victory for an independent judiciary

    Advocates of an independent judiciary in Kansas can breathe a little easier today now that the most recent attempt to give the governor greater control of the Kansas Supreme Court has failed.

  • Columns | February 05, 2016

    Where are the agents of change?

    Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” is now 12 years old.  Much of the book’s fevered language still seems extreme, yet right now much of what Frank implied and described has become reality or is well on its way.

  • Editorials | February 04, 2016

    Souper Bowl is a ‘game’ for everyone

    Though not as old as the Super Bowl, the Souper Bowl has a proud tradition that reflects the generosity and, if you will, the sportsmanship, of countless area residents, football fans and nonfans alike.

  • Letters | February 04, 2016

    Complaining isn’t a good way to get things done

    We often read reports of fatal auto crashes where traffic signs were present but had not been heeded by a driver. I have always had a special feeling for the 30-inch “Stop” signs, knowing their dramatic effectiveness.

  • Editorials | February 02, 2016

    Transparency moves worthwhile

    It is gratifying that several proposals to improve transparency in the Kansas Legislature and throughout governments in this state have the support of at least some members of both political parties.

  • Letters | February 02, 2016

    Thanks for bringing positive attention to area towns

    It was with special interest that I read Lea Skene’s report on Beattie in “About Town — Keep on Trucking,”  on the front page of the Manhattan Mercury on Friday, Jan. 29.

  • Editorials | February 01, 2016

    Making voting easier is the wrong goal

    Increasing the number of informed voters in Kansas is worth pursuing, and if “same-day registration” can do that without creating problems, lawmakers ought to give it a good look.

  • Letters | February 01, 2016

    Commission should protect LGBTQ citizens’ civil rights

    What was progressive in 2011 is now behind the times. City Commission, it is time to take action and provide basic civil right protections to the LGBTQ community in Manhattan.

  • Letters | February 01, 2016

    Rural communities will suffer most from fiscal crisis

    The budget crisis can be traced back to tax cuts passed in 2012. One of the ironies of this situation is that this was sup-posed to be a tax cut. Instead, the lowest-income Kansans are paying more, but the wealthiest have come out ahead.

  • Editorials | January 30, 2016

    Hunting, fishing are not in peril

    Hunting and fishing are worthwhile pursuits, certainly. If these activities were as endangered as advocates of this amendment contend, citizens and lawmakers alike would be up in arms. But this proposed amendment simply isn’t necessary; it’s a solution in search of a problem.

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Chamber wrong to hold retreat in another city

    Why in the world is the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce holding its retreat in Overland Park rather than here?

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Finishing touches going into bridge pier ‘Welcome’ sign

    I’m sure many of our east bridge pier donors are wondering about the progress of finishing the “WELCOME TO MANHATTAN” sign to go on the art deco pier as one enters Manhattan on K-177.

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Library and Sirloin Stockade are well worth visiting

    As careful as I am about respecting and keeping secrets, there are two that should be divulged in the best interests of Manhattanites.

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Some generosity can make Super Bowl a Souper Bowl

    The Super Bowl game next Sunday provides us with entertainment and an opportunity to share food and drink with friends and family. It has become a fun cause of national excitement.

  • Columns | January 30, 2016

    North Korea knows the value of U.S. hostages

    One of the things I am most grateful for is that in my 23 years in the U.S. Department of State, I was never ordered to deal with North Korea. Then again, I am not a specialist on Asia. Nevertheless, North Korea is an important player on the world stage.

  • Editorials | January 29, 2016

    Zika enters our vocabulary

    Americans have learned a new four-letter word in recent days. It’s Zika, as in the mosquito-borne virus that’s believed to have caused birth defects in as many as 4,000 Brazilian babies last year alone.

  • Letters | January 29, 2016

    Vermont’s ‘Trump sandwich’ has appropriate ingredient

    Although Donald Trump’s recent visit to Vermont was mentioned in the news, most Manhattanites did not follow live streaming and coverage by the Burlington Free Press.

  • Letters | January 29, 2016

    Kansas Day event special at Northview School

    On Jan. 22, Northview held a Kansas Day celebration. Volunteers and staff members joined forces to create unbelievable memories for our students.

  • Letters | January 29, 2016

    Payday loans seem to do as much harm as good

    When you get a loan that you cannot pay back, plus interest that is piled onto the balance, you only get more and more in debt.

  • Editorials | January 28, 2016

    Too much made of dress code dustup

    An occasional slice of humble pie can be good for one’s diet, but the criticism heaped on a state senator for his ill-advised dress code for individuals who testify before his committee was excessive.

  • Columns | January 28, 2016

    State should expand Medicaid

    Expanding our state’s Medicaid program would extend health coverage to 150,000 Kan-sans, inject hundreds of millions of dollars into our state economy, create jobs and help our hospitals — and the federal government would pay nearly all of the cost.

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