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  • Columns | November 07, 2015

    U.S. treads deeper into conflicts in Syria

    The United States took two steps recently that could have a major impact on our position and policy toward Syria.  First, it agreed to put military “boots on the ground,” and second, it participated in a major conference on Syria that for the first

  • Columns | November 03, 2015

    Seaton: Royals saved fantasy camp for generation of loyal fans

    Ned seaton

    Nearly nine years ago, as I walked back to the clubhouse for the last time in my dirt-stained Kansas City Royals uniform, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the generations to come. I was winding up a week at the Royals fantasy camp,

  • Columns | November 02, 2015

    Mercury unfair to hot dogs

    The Manhattan Mercury is nearly as guilty as most of the press in exaggerating information in the recent World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer report on the colon cancer risks from consuming processed red meat. The editorial and the cartoon of

  • Columns | October 31, 2015

    Obama, U.S. Navy rise to China’s challenge

    The Obama administration last week surprised everyone, including the Chinese government, by sending the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen through the Spratly Islands, which are in the South China Sea and are claimed by China. Washington had for some time been threatening to send a

  • Columns | October 30, 2015

    Proudly display the Powercat

    We were pleased to learn that K-State’s vice president of Marketing and Communications, Jeff Morris, responded on Oct.12 to our Oct. 9 letter to the editor. Mr. Morris states that the “university wants to assure the K-State family that our athletic spirit mark known as

  • Columns | October 28, 2015

    Via Christi outlines cardiology plans

    Recently, there have been articles and letters to the editor regarding the change in cardiology services available at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. One of the primary goals in this recent decision was to provide more consistent local cardiology care to patients at Via Christi

  • Columns | October 24, 2015

    Russia’s gains in Syria come at America’s expense

    Our battle with the Russians over Syria continues, with all appearances suggesting that the Kremlin is winning. Russia is not, however, assured of victory or of pacifying and controlling the country. That is a big order.  In addition to getting rid of U.S.

  • Columns | October 22, 2015

    How free is speech on campuses?

    The University of California Board of Regents last month scrapped its proposed “principles against intolerance,” developed in response to several anti-Semitic incidents on campuses, including the defacement of a UC Davis Jewish fraternity house with swastikas early this year. The policy — which some said went

  • Columns | October 20, 2015

    It is fans who should apologize

    We read the front-page of the Mercury on Monday about the Wildcats’ loss to OU. We were hurt when we saw the picture of the east side of the stadium.  We sit in the upper deck, and many fans left at halftime, and the

  • Columns | October 17, 2015

    What is President Putin up to in Syria?

    Listening to our elected officials in Washington as well as the new outlets, one gets the impression that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal in sending troops, equipment and weapons into Syria is to make it part of the extended Russian Empire. Having lived in

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