Columns

  • Revisit city discrimination policy

    Our country has made significant strides in the equal treatment of LGBT individuals. One year ago the Supreme Court ruled that The Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and weekly we read of rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in .

  • China’s military is becoming a force in Pacific

    The modernization and expansion of China’s military is an issue of deep and growing concern to U.S. policymakers. China realizes that to expand its influence in the South China Sea, it needs a larger navy. Likewise, if it .

  • Economic dimensions overlooked

    Noah Feldman, in the July 1 Op-Ed column, “Conservatives keep the faith in Hobby Lobby case,” does yeoman service in presenting the political and religious issues involved in the Supreme Court’s decision to allow at least some companies to withhold .

  • Candor lacking on state budget

    Kansas tax revenues continue their decline below projections — another $28 million in June. Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan is still trying to use the impact of federal tax law on capital gains to justify the $338 million Kansas revenue shortfall at the .

  • Wildcat Creek conundrum

    For those of you who like word puzzles and problems, consider the following: We have a bathtub with a capacity of 150 gallons (yes, it’s a big tub; the old cast iron type with the “claw and ball” feet), and .

  • Iraq situation: Who is at fault?

    For one who has been inside the foreign policy bureaucracy, one of the more frustrating aspects of a situation like the current one in Iraq is the use of often silly talking points used by whomever is in power to .

  • Property taxpayers take a hit

    Property taxes are on track to increase by more than $400 million statewide during Gov. Sam Brownback’s term in office. This substantial increase, however, masks a more dramatic jump in property taxes across rural Kansas. For example, from 2010 to 2013, property .

  • Jaruzelski’s reputation is improving

    Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, one of the most influential and controversial figures in Polish politics, died recently at the age of 90. To some Poles, he was the incarnation of evil. He declared martial law and in the process attempted to destroy .

  • State revenue situation stable

    Critics recently accused the Department of Revenue of “misrepresenting” research about the state’s revenue shortfall in April and May. We at the Department of Revenue stand behind our statements in our April and May tax receipts reports. We have .

  • Kansas can do more for veterans

    The troubles in the Veteran’s Administration health care system are disturbing to all Americans. And although the U.S. House and Senate are working on legislation that would authorize veterans to seek health care in non-VA facilities in certain .

  • President keeps digging himself in deeper

    President Barack Obama has done it again. His handling of the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case has not only offended much of the American populace,  it has infuriated large numbers of Democrats. There are two major issues involved in the .

  • Women voters can force change

    This could become the year of the woman voter in Kansas. First, here is some data to “frame” the issue: There are 1,084,000 women 18 or older in Kansas, according to 2012 U.S. Census estimates. Of Kansas women 25 or older, 650,000 have associate’.


PUBLIC SALARY DATABASE

Subscribers can access a list of local public employees' 2014 pay records.


You can subscribe for as little as $1.99.





TEXT ALERTS

Mobile Alerts

Get the latest news, weather and sports updates from The Mercury sent to your phone.







Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | The Manhattan Mercury, 318 North 5th Street, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502 | Copyright 2016