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  • Editorials | October 09, 2015

    It’s not quite extra, but it’s nice to have

    Given the wrenching saga of the Kansas budget, the chronic funding problems of public schools and the succession of university tuition increases, word Thursday that Riley County is ahead for the year by $3.5 million is a breath of fresh air. The news came in Riley

  • Editorials | October 09, 2015

    At long last, a proper welcome

    Yet another bit of good local news involves progress — tangible progress — on a sign atop a bridge pier in the Kansas River greeting motorists entering Manhattan on K-177. For years such a sign seemed like a good idea that was doomed by a lack of

  • Editorials | October 08, 2015

    State should accept Medicaid expansion

    The question of expanding Medicaid in Kansas is complicated, what with insurance coverage of some 150,000 low-income Kansans and the financial health of at least some of the state’s hospitals just some of the factors at stake. But a proposal to expand Medicaid to provide

  • Editorials | October 07, 2015

    Help Cats for Cans help others

    There’s a big game this Saturday in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats will take on Texas Christian University, the No. 2 team in the country. A lot will have to go right for K-State to prevail, and we’re confident that the stadium will

  • 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


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