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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why in the world is the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce holding its retreat in Overland Park rather than here?
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.
As careful as I am about respecting and keeping secrets, there are two that should be divulged in the best interests of Manhattanites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Jan. 22, Northview held a Kansas Day celebration. Volunteers and staff members joined forces to create unbelievable memories for our students.
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.
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.
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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