• 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 .

  • U.S. must decide on a policy for Egypt

    I can’t think of any policy issue the United States has faced in recent times more explosive than the turmoil in Egypt.  I also cannot think of a more difficult and sensitive issue for the Obama administration. It’.

  • GOP imperils Kansas finances

    “I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” —Thomas Jefferson The radical .

  • Why don’t our leaders do more?

    The Sunday Mercury editorial weighed my tasks of public service, private employment and personal life. I will not engage in a public discourse on the latter, two but we can talk one on one if you wish. In short, I .

  • A look back at the future of farming Jimsuber2

    It’s here, all right. Tomorrow may never come, but the future did arrive. To explain briefly, in my 25 years of covering agriculture for two Kansas daily newspapers and 15 more writing this column since on my own, I attended scores .

  • President’s foreign policy is bankrupt

    The two most important factors in a country’s foreign policy are capability and credibility. Capability refers to factors such as the economy and the existence of a credible military threat backed up by diplomacy   Without these, there is .

  • Kansas has been wonderful to us Joseph.aistrup

    Au revoir.  This is my last commentary, at least for a while. I am leaving Kansas.  I was born and spent my formative years in Winfield. I also met and married my wife, Shelley, there. Both of us .

  • Spat is anti-Obama at its core

    Leo Strauss coined the phrase reductio ad Hitlarum to describe the logical fallacy of tying one’s opponent to Adolph Hitler by ridiculous means: a special kind of reductio ad absurdum. For example: Hitler was evil. Hitler had a mustache. .

  • Obama is no heavy hitter in foreign policy

    Watching President Barack Obama in Asia and Europe, it seems he is either out of his element when it comes to dealing with some of the world’s problems or doesn’t take it seriously. Prior to his European visit, .

  • Politicizing the farm bill debate Jimsuber2

    Remember the old Rice Krispies breakfast cereal threesome, Snap, Crackle and Pop? My two sisters and I liked those puppet characters named for the cereal’s auditory freshness (supposed by marketing types). I was Crackle, because I like he was .

  • It’s not just another auditorium

    The Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance would like to express its concern regarding the plans to dismantle Peace Memorial Auditorium.  When the City Commission discussed the matter during the June 4 meeting, missing from the information city staff provided to .


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