Opinion

  • Mark snow tardy this snow day

    Good for us.

  • Kim’s death renews concerns

    Those who were close to Kim Jong-Il, the 69-year-old North Korean ruler who died Saturday, may have truly loved him.

  • Low pressure centers key to predicting the weather

    What is the long term weather forecast? First, what do we mean by ‘long term’? Is that two weeks or 12 months? Seriously, people take stabs at predicting it for real money.

  • Putin expected more than narrow, tainted victory

    Dale R.

  • National ban worth pursuing

    It probably was a matter of time before the National Traffic Safety Board recommended a nationwide ban on the use of all portable electronic devices by drivers.

  • The formula isn’t the problem

    Hold harmless isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, at least not as the phrase pertains to Gov.

  • Manning, U.S. democracy to be on trial

    Private first class Bradley Manning is alleged to have leaked thousands of classified documents revealing massive war crimes committed upon the civilian populations of Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.

  • A bit of true humor in worrisome times

    I noticed a classified ad in a central Kansas weekly that began with “free farm puppies.” Then the donors followed with what has to qualify as pure truth in advertising: “Will be large dogs.”

  • Again, Kim may want to talk

    It might not be fair to suggest that North Korea’s President Kim Jong Il is hinting at resuming negotiations about his country’s nuclear weapons tests because he doesn’t like being bumped out of the spotlight by Libya or Syria or the world’s economy.

  • 10 years later, America is stronger, safer

    The United States has long been defined by its resolve, its values and the resilience with which we have overcome depression, political turmoil and even the most devastating tragedies.

  • Moderates need not apply

    John Huntsman, the former Utah governor who’s running for the Republican nomination for president, is in trouble.

  • Check Libya’s ‘spiderholes’

    The hunt is on for Moammar Gadhafi. Perhaps it won’t take as long to deal with him as it took to deal with Osama bin Laden.

  • ‘We go where the majority of crimes are’

    In the Aug. 18 front page article, “Riley Co. settles on boundary,” The Mercury reported comments I presented to the Board of County Commissioners concerning changes in the way the Riley County Police Department will address traffic violations in an effort to reduce accidents.

  • Could quake have struck here?

    Maybe folks who thought spending upwards of $150 million in the last decade to make Tuttle Creek Dam earthquake-proof was an expensive boondoggle will reconsider now that a Virginia earthquake has rattled much of the East Coast .

  • Broken promises, missed deadlines mar new year at Woodrow Wilson

    Today is the first day of school for USD 383.  Well, it’s the first day for most of our school district. My kids will start Friday, contingent upon the construction crew at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School getting a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) from City of Manhattan Code Services on Monday, Aug. 22.

  • Faulty premise mars County redistricting plans

    Riley County commissioners are required by law to redraw the boundaries of their districts every 10 years so that those districts reflect population shifts. Commissioners are doing so now in preparation for the 2012 elections.

  • Way to go, Wamego

    Congratulations, Wamego! Winning 120 jobs — manufacturing jobs at that — is quite an accomplishment, one that will benefit the city, Pottawatomie County and, though less directly, the Manhattan area.

  • World seeks ways to stop Assad’s army

    The problem the world community faces is is “What Is to be Done,” to use the title of a pamphlet by Vladimir Lenin.

  • Welcome back, KSU students

    Here’s hoping that Kansas State University’s incoming freshmen, many of whom spent Saturday moving into residence halls, find their way to class on Monday.

  • Fertilizer facts to chew on while deciding how much of it to use

    Contrast the photos of the U.S. Navy Seals killed in that helicopter they were riding in when it was shot down with the scenes of the rioting mobs in England…

  • Preventable tragedies

    To its credit, the U.

  • Redevelopment could have been grand

    “It Ain’t Right. Just Easy. Git-r-Done!” That seems to be the motto of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, city staff and City Commission on the issue of downtown redevelopment.

  • He’s just touring, not campaigning

    The stops President Barack Obama is making on his “bus tour” this week through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois aren’t campaign events. The White House says so.

  • Compounding a tragedy?

    When the lawyer assigned to defend a murder suspect who has been deemed incompetent to stand trial wants him to remain in psychiatric care, the state ought to pay attention and be competent enough to act responsibly.


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