Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | October 06, 2015

    Flu vaccine a prudent move

    Signs alerting area residents about the availability of flu shots have been visible near Manhattan’s large grocery stores and drug stores for a couple of weeks now. Monday’s Mercury held another timely reminder that flu season is approaching, courtesy of a story on

  • Editorials | October 05, 2015

    Baseball season still going strong

    Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals. They’re in the American League playoffs for the second consecutive year, and unlike last year, when they entered through the side door, this year they’ve made themselves the team to beat. On Sunday they wrapped up home-field

  • Editorials | October 03, 2015

    Revenue trend remains troubling

    It’s difficult to sugarcoat the latest Kansas revenue report, one in which the state in September collected almost $32 million less than it had projected. That amount — 5.7 percent less than the Department of Revenue had expected — is sufficient cause for concern. What makes the situation

  • Editorials | October 02, 2015

    Will we ever stop mass murders?

    If you’ve watched even a modest amount of television the last couple of years, you might have seen the commercial in which a woman opens a card to read, “Your heart attack arrives in two days.” It’s an ad for aspirin, which has

  • Editorials | October 01, 2015

    Career politicians still struggle in poll

    It’s hardly surprising, given the black eye that Islamic terrorists have given Islam, that a majority of Americans say a Muslim should not be elected president. But it is at least a little gratifying that 49 percent of those responding to recent a USA Today-Suffolk

  • Editorials | October 01, 2015

    What Putin wants…

    What Russian President Vladimir Putin wants he gets — or takes. Well after he sent Russian troops — and tanks, helicopters and fighter jets — to Syria, Russia’s Parliament approved the move. The vote was unanimous, of course. The vote apparently was necessary because Russia’s constitution

  • Editorials | September 30, 2015

    County right to seek repeal of tax lid

    Here’s hoping members of the Riley County Commission remain committed to seeking repeal of the local property tax lid that the Kansas Legislature approved in June. That action was an unnecessary provision in a bill raising sales and cigarette taxes to help balance a

  • Editorials | September 29, 2015

    Mars is now a bit more habitable

    Moviegoers might disagree, but NASA’s announcement that water — salty water — exists on Mars is more important than the movie “The Martian,” which opens Friday and in which Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. Movies can entertain, and “The Martian” surely

  • Editorials | September 28, 2015

    A decent man, a so-so leader

    House Speaker John Boehner, who on Friday stunned Washington, D.C., with his announcement that he would leave Congress at the end of next month, is nothing if not conservative — a mainstream conservative with a solid grasp of reality. Yet he wasn’t conservative enough

  • Editorials | September 26, 2015

    Butler right to balk at RCPD raises

    The Riley County Law Board was prudent last week to table a request for extra pay for Riley County Police Department personnel who work overnight ....shifts. Not that RCPD Director Brad Schoen and assistant director John Doehling didn’t make some valid points in their

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