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  • 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.”

  • Columns | March 05, 2012

    Seniors’ fishing fee a hard sell

    Twenty dollars and 50 cents doesn’t seem like much for an annual Kansas hunting or fishing license. But extending that cost to Kansans 65 and older who have been exempt from paying the fees since 1971, as a legislative bill would do, has sparked quite a little

  • Columns | March 03, 2012

    Fake Patty’s Day questions await answers

    The weekend of March 10 will be this year’s rendition of Fake Patty’s Day. Much has been said and written about this event, which evolved from an Aggieville Business Association-sponsored St. Patrick’s Day event that usually occurred on a Saturday when the Kansas

  • Columns | March 03, 2012

    Good news about NBAF risks

    The latest assessment of risk over the 50-year expected life of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility came as good news to advocates of the proposed research site. In documents released Friday, researchers put the risk of a deadly outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease from

  • Columns | March 03, 2012

    President of Germany is forced out

    One of the characteristics of international politics is that countries have different ways of doing things. Most of my students are shocked to learn that Canada’s prime minister is one of the most powerful national executives in the world.  He or she can

  • Columns | March 02, 2012

    Too partisan to be productive?

    Republicans in the U.S. Senate might not miss Olympia Snowe much when she retires from the upper chamber at the conclusion of her present — her third — term. She hasn’t been as Republican as partisans would have liked. She’s a moderate, a pro-choice

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