• Honorably retire MHS mascot

    If you’re reading this, we are in community. We may have sat next to each other at a K-State football game and jumped to our feet when the Wildcats got a touchdown. We may have been a row apart .

  • Blackface incident systematic

    On Sept. 15, a Snapchat photo surfaced with a Kansas State University student in painted blackface — along with her painted blackfaced friend — using the N-word. In a subsequent communication, the student indicated she was just “kidding” and meant no offense. The .

  • North Korea relentless in nuclear quest

    Kim-Jong-Un is at it again.  On Sept. 9, the North Koreans carried out their fifth successful underground nuclear test since 2006. The most recent test was on the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. .

  • Take cues from the Prentups

    As an alumnus of Manhattan High School who participated in the first effort to replace the Indian as the Manhattan High School mascot during the 1971-72 school year, I’m sad and a little angry with the direction the recent .

  • Agriculture vital to Kansas

    Kansas is deservedly recognized as a powerhouse in production agriculture. From settlers like C.B. Schmidt, who led the immigration of Russian Mennonites to Kansas in the 1800s, to today’s farmers, Kansans have always recognized the challenge and reward .

  • Discrimination exaggerated

    If I didn’t know it before reading “Indian mascot misguided” and various letters to the editor in the Manhattan Mercury, I know it now. I have officially passed the age where I would just roll my eyes and say, “.

  • 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 .


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