• Russian-U.S. relations are caught in a trap

    One of the most far-reaching problems the United States faces is Congress’s intent ion to cut the military budget. Sequestration has led to cutbacks in a number of programs, and furloughs of civilian Defense Depart ment workers have cut .

  • The Democrat candidate rises

    Before even starting, the Democratic race for the nomination to oppose Gov. Sam Brownback has ended. Absent a huge turnaround, House Minor-ity Leader Paul Davis from Lawrence will be the 2014 nominee.  At first glance, given Kansas’s deep red .

  • Organic crops are no better

    Some people use their emotions to argue a point. That’s fine… I’ve done it before. But in matters of science, I see little benefit in trying to weigh in with feelings against facts. There are issues of significance .

  • Russian-U.S. relations caught in a trap

    Although difficult periods in relations between two countries may not be the fault of either side, they can lead to a downward spiral. This is what Edward Snowden’s presence in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow has done.  .

  • Kansas Chamber a political force

    With the 2013 Kansas legislative session history, talk has turned to 2014. Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election effort will grab most of the headlines, but other important stories will emerge. To understand the 2014 elections, we have to understand the 2012 elections in context. .

  • Community heritage at stake

    There has been a flurry of activity lately on the local historic preservation front. While some might brush these issues off as the passion of a few history buffs, there is much more at stake.  Our community heritage is .

  • U.S. still searching for a policy for Egypt

    The United States faces a major decision regarding which side to support in Egypt: the army or the ousted Moham-med Morsi and the Muslim brotherhood. Unfortunately, any decision the Obama administration makes could backfire. On the surface, the choice would .

  • What is conservatism, really?

    About a month ago, a contributor asked “What is Conservatism” in a letter to the editor. Webster’s Dictionary defines a conservative as “one who favors traditional views and values.”  The writer was right when he said that many .

  • Let’s revive Arts in the Park

    What a fantastic evening Saturday was in City Park. Kansas State’s Union Program Council partnered with Fort Riley’s Morale Welfare and Recreation and Manhattan’s Parks and Recreation to produce a phenomenal night of music at The Little .

  • Practices can save water, money

    Cathie Lavis Contributing Writer Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association (IA) initiative designed to increase awareness of efficient outdoor water-use practices. At the root of this initiative is education about water-saving products, practices and services. The Irrigation Association is .

  • Curtail NSA bulk data collection

    The recent National Security Agency data collection revelations have created some surprising political bedfellows, both in support of, and in opposition to the secret surveillance programs. Bills have been proposed calling for the programs to be curtailed or, at least, .

  • Youth continue to need support

    I have received several calls from UFM constituents as a result of the implication in the Wednesday, July 10, Manhattan Mercury that the city was recommending a $20,000 cut to UFM. In fact, the SSAB request UFM Community Learning Center made was .


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