Thursday, July 2, 2015



Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | July 01, 2015

    Costs must matter, even to EPA

    The U.S. Supreme Court was right on Monday to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency has erred in ignoring the costs of compliance before writing regulations and setting limits on mercury, arsenic and other pollutants from U.S. power plants. Supreme Court Justice Antonin

  • Editorials | June 30, 2015

    Fireworks season intense but short

    Area residents needn’t check their calendars to know it’s fireworks season again; that became apparent when the tents started going up in parking lots and open spaces last week. We’re in for four days of loud noises from 8 a.m. to midnight

  • Editorials | June 29, 2015

    On school finance, a familiar ruling

    One day, perhaps, the Kansas Legislature will heed its constitutional duty to fund the state’s public schools adequately and equitably. Until then, however, it is likely to be on the losing end of school finance lawsuits. That was the case again Friday, when a

  • Editorials | June 28, 2015

    Court made right decision

    Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling, which effectively legalized same-sex marriage across the country, is the right decision at the right time. It both exalts marriage as an institution and reflects the changing opinion of the American public, 55 percent of whom, according to a recent

  • Editorials | June 26, 2015

    Time now to improve health law

    Like it or not, Obamacare is the law of the land. The Supreme Court issued a decision Thursday that supported the health insurance reform law that is President Obama’s main domestic accomplishment. On a 6-3 vote, the court ruled that tax subsidies are legal

  • Editorials | June 25, 2015

    Don’t charge for dumping yard waste

    Riley County commissioners would be smart to trash the idea of charging people for bringing their yard waste to the county dump. The county currently doesn’t charge individuals or government entities when they bring brush to the dump. That’s a longstanding practice. Commercial

  • Editorials | June 24, 2015

    Enjoy the music and be safe

    The Country Stampede starts Thursday night, and we’d like to welcome the people who are coming to our area to take part. We don’t say that lightly. Because we know that people at the Stampede do a lot of dumb stuff, and some

  • Editorials | June 24, 2015

    A woman of letters

    It was with sadness that we at the Mercury greeted the news of the passing of Norma McNair, who died Monday at the age of 88. The obituary notice identified her as the wife of the late Joe P. McNair and said she had been a

  • Editorials | June 23, 2015

    Confederate flag is a symbol of bigotry

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley might have been slow to come around, but she was correct on Monday to call on the South Carolina Legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. In a gubernatorial debate last year during her re-election campaign, she

  • Editorials | June 22, 2015

    Schulz’s gesture admirable

    Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he knows the value of a dollar. He also knows the value of a gesture, as he demonstrated last week when he declined a $9,300 raise from the Kansas Board of Regents. His action


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