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  • Moderates need not apply

    John Huntsman, the former Utah governor who’s running for the Republican nomination for president, is in trouble. He’s got some conservative ideas, but he’s running as a moderate. By contemporary Republican primary standards, however, he’s close .

  • Check Libya’s ‘spiderholes’

    The hunt is on for Moammar Gadhafi. Perhaps it won’t take as long to deal with him as it took to deal with Osama bin Laden. The two are not quite in the same class, but Gadhafi does share .

  • Could quake have struck here?

    Maybe folks who thought spending upwards of $150 million in the last decade to make Tuttle Creek Dam earthquake-proof was an expensive boondoggle will reconsider now that a Virginia earthquake has rattled much of the East Coast. Earthquakes are rare in .

  • Faulty premise mars County redistricting plans

    Riley County commissioners are required by law to redraw the boundaries of their districts every 10 years so that those districts reflect population shifts. Commissioners are doing so now in preparation for the 2012 elections. Unfortunately, they’re operating from a faulty .

  • Way to go, Wamego

    Congratulations, Wamego! Winning 120 jobs — manufacturing jobs at that — is quite an accomplishment, one that will benefit the city, Pottawatomie County and, though less directly, the Manhattan area. As the Mercury reported Friday, the jobs involve an expansion of the Caterpillar .

  • Welcome back, KSU students

    Here’s hoping that Kansas State University’s incoming freshmen, many of whom spent Saturday moving into residence halls, find their way to class on Monday. And here’s hoping that they’re settled and feel like part of the .

  • Preventable tragedies

    To its credit, the U.S. military has taken a number of measures in recent years to prevent personnel from committing suicide. Unfortunately, those steps have not yet had the hoped-for impact. The Army reported last week that 32 soldiers took .

  • Redevelopment could have been grand

    “It Ain’t Right. Just Easy. Git-r-Done!” That seems to be the motto of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, city staff and City Commission on the issue of downtown redevelopment. A year ago the city could have submitted a request .

  • He’s just touring, not campaigning

    The stops President Barack Obama is making on his “bus tour” this week through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois aren’t campaign events. The White House says so. It says they ‘re fact-finding events, occasions to mingle with Americans outside the .

  • Compounding a tragedy?

    When the lawyer assigned to defend a murder suspect who has been deemed incompetent to stand trial wants him to remain in psychiatric care, the state ought to pay attention and be competent enough to act responsibly. The lawyer is .


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