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  • Welfare fraud spreads with EBT cards Jimsuber2

    The food stamps have been replaced by Electronic Benefit Transfer cards that ended checkout lane shame, supposedly, and helped users buy virtually everything else in the store non-welfare recipients enjoy. Fast, private, plastic. Pretty nifty. But wait. There’s more. .

  • An evening conversation: Salaam Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    There are a lot of good reasons to reasons to live in Manhattan. If I were forced to list them, however, I’d start with proximity to a major university — and in particular, access to discussion and debate over everything .

  • Harvest is a busy time on farms

    Agriculture gets into your bloodstream the way any passion stirs your heart. You breathe it in and it somehow enriches, excites and sustains you. Daily contact with farming and livestock places you in a world unlike any other. It is .

  • An evening conversation: He bowls overhand Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Surely most of you watch football on TV. Wildcats? Big 12? Chiefs? Well, the most spectacular performer of the past few seasons hasn’t been wearing a helmet. In fact, he’s not even on the field. If you’re REALLY .

  • Let’s launch KSU students to class

    A city with an overpass for cows needs to do a better job getting KSU students from Goodnow Hall across Denison Avenue and to class. There’s a traffic light at Denison Avenue and Claflin Road and two yellow warning .

  • An evening conversation: Still life Ned seaton

    Government shutdown got you down? Debt limit politics raising your blood pressure? I’ve got a suggestion: Head to Bishop Stadium at CiCo Park and catch a ballgame. It’s like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting. You’ll feel .

  • An evening conversation: Cheers, Toto! Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Sure, we’re a day late, but let’s raise a glass to Dorothy, her lovable pooch and even that ghastly witch. Happy anniversary, gang! It was 75 years ago Sunday that shooting began on “The Wizard of Oz,” and it’.

  • Talks with Iran are important for all parties

    President Barack Obama’s discussions with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — the first direct contact between Iran and the United States since 1979 — can be seen either as an opening for diplomatic progress or as simply more stalling tactics. In any .

  • An evening conversation: week or weak? Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    There are weeks. And then there are weeks that seem so odd, bizarre, surprising, strange, exciting, discouraging, or all of the above…that all you can do is blink your eyes and say… Call me on Saturday. EXHIBIT 1: I was .

  • An evening conversation: Stop whining Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    It happens every time. Mention one of Lewis Grizzard’s famously crazy book titles and it’s a gold-plated guarantee that some kind of wacky discussion will break out. I opened that door in Monday’s Mercury, making a passing .

  • It was an honor and a pleasure Rod mikinski

    Rod Mikinski Contributing Writer If a picture is worth a thousand words, then my tenure at the Mercury is a novel of excitement and great joy. I am guessing that I have taken more than 10,000 photographs for the newspaper, each .

  • An evening conversation: To err is… Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Everyone makes mistakes. And yes, no matter how much effort and care we throw into our work, that includes us here at the Mercury. Despite all the recent advances in technology, the paper ultimately is in the hands of human .


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