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  • Getting better is our purpose

    The Manhattan Ogden Board of Education has been questioned in the Mercury recently for giving consideration to changing the schedule at Manhattan High School. I welcome the comments and involvement by anyone interested in education and the success of our .

  • North Korea responds to sanctions

    North Korea is predictable in one sense: When it feels that its national interests are threatened, it tends to strike out. This is what it did again after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Jan. 22 condemning the .

  • Ready, willing and qualified

    In April, we will be voting for three open City Commission seats. I urge you to get to know your candidates and to make a wise choice… one that best represents your views and positions on the issues. I hope .

  • Do what’s best for students

    I read earlier this month in the Topeka Capital Journal that Topeka’s major high schools are lowering the number of credits needed for graduation. Now Topeka West is resisting a similar change. Why? The schools are moving from eight-hour .

  • Too fast for ‘old fogey’ Jimsuber2

    Did I read that interview in the political newsletter by the Hawver company right? Gov. Sam Brownback wants to raise the speed limit on the Kansas Turnpike to 85 miles an hour between Topeka and Wichita in order to attract more .

  • Issues in Mali are extremely complicated

    After doing some research on Mali, it is clear to me that the issues there are more complex than just the French vs. Islamic radicals. It’s also evident that situation could have a major impact on not only that .

  • Apology welcome, long overdue

    Apologies have become passé. Apologizing takes humility and respect, two traits severely lacking in today’s society. That’s what makes an apology from a genuinely contrite individual all the more appreciated. It is hard to admit you are wrong. .

  • Let voters resolve school funding

    On Jan. 11, a panel of three state court judges ordered Kansas lawmakers to boost school funding and resurrected a constitutional conflict that has been simmering in Kansas politics for most of the last 50 years. The conflict revolves around two fundamental .

  • Stewpot full of information

    Once upon a time 40 years ago there was a boss who was half entertaining and half off putting and/or disconcerting. In that business in those days it was not unusual to encounter the maladjusted, the warped, the physically maimed, .

  • Hagel and the future of the U.S. military

    There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama’s recent nominees for Cabinet positions.  The nomination of Sen. John Kerry to head the State Department came first. Jack Lew is going to Treasury, and is expected .

  • Superb local care is a life-saver

    With a variety of perspectives, I am grateful for the efforts to reduce the impact of cardiac disease in Manhattan. These range from working to reduce second-hand smoke, which contributes to acute and chronic coronary disease, to enhanced abilities to .

  • German’s campaign is farcical

    For Americans who think some of our politicians do dumb things, we are not alone. Germany has a politician who rivals our most inept.  In fact, he is running to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel next September — or sooner if .


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