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  • Columns | June 16, 2013

    Let’s consider the ‘Fieldhouse’

    There has been some discussion in the Mercury recently about a proposed indoor-outdoor sports facility. We all want to be responsible when talking about such a large project (so far being called the Fieldhouse). Accurate information is the best way to ensure that we make

  • Columns | June 16, 2013

    Good intelligence system is based on trust

    A good intelligence system is critical in a democracy. There are people in this world who do not like us and who will do anything to cause us harm. Our country is safe and secure only if our intelligence agencies work well. Intelligence in a

  • Columns | June 16, 2013

    Can’t avoid how food safety law affects farmers

    Jimsuber2

    It’s probably human nature to avoid certain topics as long as one can because we know those subjects will irk or annoy or anger either ourselves or others. So here are some bothersome things going on in agriculture right now I know I would

  • Columns | June 14, 2013

    Legislature spurns higher ed

    The recent outcry against the Kansas Legislature’s whack at higher education funding came too late to prevent a short-sighted and misguided assault on state-supported colleges and universities. Though Gov. Sam Brownback sought to maintain funding for higher ed, his conservative legislative majority did not

  • Columns | June 11, 2013

    Save our historic auditorium

    On June 4, Mayor John Matta and City Commissioners Wynn Butler, Usha Reddi and Rich Jankovich voted to trample on the graves of Riley County’s 101 Gold Star Veterans from World War II and dishonor 2,500 soldiers who returned by defacing the Peace Memorial Auditorium at City

  • Columns | June 09, 2013

    Why punish university students?

    Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Gov. Sam Brownback and posted on Facebook. I have been teaching for 23 years in the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. I have two degrees from K-State; I was an undergrad there when you were

  • Columns | June 09, 2013

    Vote ‘Yes’ on Riley bond issue

    Raydon Robel was correct in his June 2 column when he stated, “Those of us associated with Riley County schools have always thought we were a place of quality,” and that “… students deserve better.” As a teacher, alum and middle school parent, I’ve always believed

  • Columns | June 09, 2013

    China-U.S. relationship is complicated

    As frustrating as China can be, we need it. It has become a giant not only in Asia, but around the world. In considering the role China plays, we should look at its behavior from two perspectives. First, the downside. China is quickly becoming a

  • Columns | June 09, 2013

    Two-year drought ends with lots of rain

    Jimsuber2

    Last night’s winds from the passing storms with some imagination could be likened to combined sighs of relief from most all of us who live in the land of extremes, or Kansas. The feeling of relief is that which signals the end of the

  • Columns | June 07, 2013

    Al Qaida’s rhetoric predictably strident

    Al Qaida has cranked up its PR machine again in an effort to win friends and influence people to harm the United States. Its latest iteration comes from an individual named Qassim ar-Reimy in the form of a rant that makes for a short but


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