Columns

  • Indian can unify, educate us

    Our nation is made of many nationalities, and our sports teams reflect this: Minnesota Vikings, Boston Celtics and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, to name a few. Regarding itsmascothistory,NotreDame’s official website says, “the Irish qualities of grit, determination .

  • Putin is as complex as he is predictable

    Listening to officials in Washington when Russian President Vladimir Putin’s name comes up, one generally gets a pretty simplistic evaluation: “He is a cruel dictator who forces his people to live in fear.” “He’s about to take over .

  • Answer is not higher taxes

    We all interact with small businesses on a day-today basis, and every national statistic shows these are key components to our communities and are also significant job creators. These small businesses have had a difficult time finding capital to grow. .

  • Indian mascot is misguided

    I am grateful to have an opportunity to respond to the Aug. 28 contributing writer piece in the Mercury. I hope this response can be seen as an effort to engage with members of our community in a productive and spirited .

  • Let’s join to make future better

    Did you know that more than 3,000 families in Riley County may not be earning enough to cover a single unexpected expense? If you’re not in one of these families, pretend for a moment you are. Imagine one unforeseen medical .

  • Obama’s policies leave America more vulnerable

    The United States is entering one of the most dangerous periods of its recent history as we move toward the end of this year.  The reason is simple, but the implications are potentially disastrous. President Barack Obama has long .

  • Tail wags Kansas Chamber dog

    H. Edward Flentje Contributing Writer The tail wags the dog when it comes to the politics of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. A few businesses underwrite the Chamber’s electioneering with results that are contrary to the interests of most .

  • Critics of Indian mascot misguided

    It does not require much research to demonstrate the fallacies underlying arguments raised by those calling for replacement of the Manhattan High School Indian mascot. But for the sake of the exercise, let’s walk through those fallacies. 1. American Indians .

  • Moscow and Crimea: Signs of renewed trouble

    It seems like the world can’t exist without a crisis somewhere — a situation that can turn into a war with all that portends. A recent example comes from Ukraine, or more specifically, Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014. .

  • Bracing for more budget cuts?

    It’s tough to be optimistic about the state’s financial situation when the governor’s office “asks” state agencies, including universities, to consider the possibility of 5-percent spending cuts. In doing so last week, administration officials cautioned that the .

  • Which direction will Kansas go?

    Duane Goossen Contributing Writer Kansas has come to a “T” in the road and must decide which way to turn. A more apt way to say it:  Kansas has come to a “T” in the road, overshot the inter-section, .

  • Wefald’s book is required reading

    Ron Inman Contributing Writer Ned Seaton’s July 31 review of Jon Wefald’s new book, “The Transformative Years at Kansas State: The Years of President Jon Wefald from 1986 to 2009,” was excellent. I’m a three-time graduate of K-State and have .


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