My 14-year-old son, Tyler Dowling, was the victim of homicide in April 2011. I learned firsthand what having a life robbed from you feels like: the anguish of going to court, seeing my son’s killer, his family talking with him .
For once, the Obama administration and its friends held the line and guess what: the adversary backed down. No, the North Koreans did not stop their efforts to develop nuclear weapons, but they were forced to back down on their .
Even though experts now predict the 2013 Kansas wheat crop to nose barely above a mere 300 million bushels — this boosted in many places by timely rains and long absent rains this spring—harvest is still a time for festival-like thinking and .
Protests against Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s immi-gration agenda reached his doorstep recently. A group advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants protested on Ko-bach’s front porch, prompting him to suggest future protests could be met with a report of .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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