Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Farm labor plan endangers a way of life

    My dad is one of nine children born to my grandparents. I used to kid my grandma that at supper time, she must have put a feed bag on dad, given a bottle to the baby and thrown the rest in a trough for everyone

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Corruption plagues election process in Russia

    As expected, Vladimir Putin won the election for president of Russia. By some estimates, he received 62 percent of the vote. Yet what are we to make of this election? Was it free and open as elections in the West are?  Are we witnessing the

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Wasting too much money on redundant programs

    Kansas Senator Pat Roberts was right the other day when he came out lambasting redundancies in government where nine agencies are funding programs along the lines of “know your food, know your farmer.” As is Pat’s wont, he soon zoomed off into the humorous

  • Columns | March 11, 2012

    It’s caucus time for Republicans

    Susan B. Anthony Middle School is just a couple of miles from Aggieville, but on Saturday it will be a world away from the Green Break being celebrated in the business and entertainment district. And in contrast to Fake Patty’s Day green, the pertinent

  • Columns | March 11, 2012

    Texas model doesn’t hold up to scrutiny

    Kansas House Republicans in alliance with Gov. Sam Brownback are embracing the no-income-tax gospel, believing that reducing and eventually eliminating the state income tax will spur economic growth in the state.  Their actions are in line with a refrain heard increasingly in state political

  • Columns | March 08, 2012

    Will Green Break be a clean break?

    We’re inclined to hope that Saturday’s Green Break — the Aggieville bash formerly known as Fake Patty’s Day — will turn out well, but we’ll have to see it to believe it. As they did last year, partiers — including many from out of

  • Columns | March 07, 2012

    Due process vs. judicial process

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration have more explaining to do about the killing of American citizens in other countries. Mr. Holder apparently thinks he dealt with this ugly business during a speech Monday at Northwestern University. He didn’t — unless

  • Columns |Area Schools |Manhattan High School | March 06, 2012

    Congratulations, and good luck

    Mhs girl starting 5

    Congratulations to Manhattan High School’s girls basketball team and the boys teams from Rock Creek and Frankfort high schools. All won sub-state championships over the weekend and open play in their respective state tournaments on Wednesday. For Manhattan, the experience is rare indeed. The

  • Columns | March 06, 2012

    U.S. should curb actions, rhetoric on Iran

    The Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice urges the Obama administration to curb the alarming actions and ultimatums that could lead us into war with Iran. We also urge American citizens to be skeptical of the media’s hostile and often inaccurate representation of Iranian

  • Columns | March 05, 2012

    NBAF risk data of limited predictive value

    I am responding to two NBAF-related articles in the Mar. 4 Mercury — the story by Brian Richardson and the editorial “Good news about NBAF risks.” The editorial said, “It isn’t hard to imagine NBAF opponents questioning the newer assessment — even wondering if it’s legitimate.”

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