Wednesday, May 4, 2016


  • Editorials | May 03, 2016

    Stadium concert a winning idea

    Area football fans who enter Bill Snyder Family Stadium on fall Saturdays expect to leave satisfied after having watched the Kansas State Wildcats put on a good — and winning — performance.

  • Editorials | May 02, 2016

    Budget will balance but opportunity lost

    The weekend was not one of the Legislature’s finer moments, but such moments are elusive when the challenge is addressing shortfalls in this fiscal year and next fiscal year of some $290 million.

  • Editorials | April 30, 2016

    USD 378 bond issue deserves approval

    One of these days, enough patrons of the Riley County School District will realize that waiting for a perfect set of proposals to improve their schools — one that does everything anyone could want and lowers taxes in the process — is a sure way to postpone improvements.

  • Letters | April 30, 2016

    Tourism is big business in Manhattan, Riley County

    Dating back to 1983, Americans have celebrated the importance of travel with the observance of National Travel and Tourism Week. The week beginning today, May 1, is designated for nationwide recognition of the economic impact of tourism.

  • Letters | April 30, 2016

    Local merchants’ support of fashion show invaluable

    National Honor Society of Manhattan High School would like to thank the wonderful merchants in our community who helped make the third annual Manhattan High School Fashion Show a success.

  • Letters | April 30, 2016

    NCAA’s stance on diversity, equality sets tone for KSU

    At its meeting on Wednesday, April 27, the NCAA Board of Governors affirmed its support for diversity and equality and denounced discrimination at NCAA events in all divisions.

  • Columns | April 30, 2016

    Putin, Russia’s economy and the art of bluffing

    A recent New York Times article on Russia bolstering its submarine fleet as tensions with the United States rise left the impression that the danger we face from the Russians is on the rise, similar to the Cold War.

  • Editorials | April 29, 2016

    Roberts’ response inappropriate

    We’re not among the majority of Kansans who disapprove of the job Sen. Pat Roberts is doing, but actions like his decision to block a Senate vote on a nominee for secretary of the Army might help explain his faltering popularity.

  • Letters | April 29, 2016

    USD 378 board wants to ram bond issue through

    We have a pretty determined board that desires to ram this bond through without due diligence and in apparent haste and a willingness to do most anything.

  • Letters | April 29, 2016

    Let’s stop howling about state budget and fix it

    From my perspective as a lifelong Kansan, it starts with our governor and includes the whole bunch in the Statehouse, irrespective of party affiliation or any other distinction.

  • Editorials | April 28, 2016

    ‘Nothing is more disturbing…’

    During his 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert spoke on the House floor on more than one occasion in support of stronger punishment for child molesters. Perhaps that was his conscience speaking after the fact.

  • Editorials | April 27, 2016

    Disappointing but not surprising

    As gestures go, the stand Gov. Sam Brownback took Tuesday against what he considers the Obama administration’s lax scrutiny of refugees was mostly empty.

  • Editorials | April 26, 2016

    Legislators will find answers difficult

    Across-the-board budget cuts — even affecting all levels of education — hurt just about everyone who’s already been hurt, and the fact that the pain would be shared is small consolation.

  • Letters | April 26, 2016

    Joe Downey was a classic example of a good person

    Joe Downey will be missed by everyone in his family and everyone who ever knew him. He was a terrific and successful business leader.

  • Editorials | April 25, 2016

    A peculiar arrangement

    This arrangement between rivals underscores politics’ similarities to love and war.

  • Letters | April 25, 2016

    Mercury gave a ‘black eye’ to an honest, noble effort

    I was horrified to read some of the misinformation in Sunday’s article on the bond issue in the Riley County School District. I am very much in support of the bond issue, despite the fact that it will raise my taxes.

  • Letters | April 25, 2016

    Riley County bond issue is well worth patrons’ support

    I’m supporting this bond issue because good neighbors work together and support each other through good times and tough times.

  • Editorials | April 23, 2016

    What will it take, Gov. Brownback?

    Kansas is a long way from the high seas in the 19th century, yet Gov. Sam Brownback and his obsession with protecting the 2012 income tax cuts calls to mind Capt. Ahab’s obsession with Moby Dick.

  • Letters | April 23, 2016

    Some perspective helpful on Prince’s contributions

    Sometimes our nation’s values get totally out of whack. One example: All of the media attention given to the musician Prince’s death.

  • Letters | April 23, 2016

    Funding bill is a detour from safe roads, bridges

    Currently, SB 463 proposes to redirect sales tax transfers from the Kansas Department of Transportation to the state’s general fund. Simply put, this bill would divert hundreds of millions of dollars away from road and bridge funding.

  • Letters | April 23, 2016

    Legislature must rise up and stop Gov. Brownback

    Legislators cannot responsibly continue to pretend that Gov. Sam Brownback’s plans have any credibility or chance of success, and they cannot ethically or morally continue to pander to his childish arrogance and pride.

  • Letters | April 23, 2016

    Obama puts personal plans above presidential duties

    To the Editor: Tuned-in citizens know about the recent incident that preceded President Barack Obama’s decision to finish watching a baseball game in Cuba and to dance in Argentina while Americans like me thought that he should have immediately returned to Washington, D.

  • Editorials | April 22, 2016

    Earth is our home; let’s take care of it

    We’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day, the inspiration in 1970 of U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, an environmentalist, and others who hoped to raise public awareness about our planet, its fragility and its resources.

  • Letters | April 22, 2016

    Despite excuses, governor’s policies have failed miserably

    The governor’s plan is obviously to delay confronting reality and to keep Kansas barely afloat until he’s out of office and the budget is someone else’s problem.

  • Letters | April 22, 2016

    There are good reasons not to integrate bathrooms

    Why, despite significant progress in their fight for equal rights, has the LGBT community become such “poor winners?”

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