• Your vote really does count

    Let’s get real about Tuesday’s presidential election: There’s a decent chance your vote won’t matter. Mercury subscribers are clustered in northeast Kansas, and Kansas is highly likely to vote for Donald Trump, whatever your vote. Trump .

  • Neither Clinton, Trump deserving

    As we consider who to recommend for U.S. president, we are reminded of something Bob Dole said when he was in town in September. Mr. Dole, who’s worked with presidents of both parties and of various abilities, said, “.

  • Retain justices and judges

    Kansans who value an independent judiciary should reject efforts to oust certain justices of the Kansas Supreme Court. The key targets are four justices whom Gov. Sam Brownback and his conservative allies contend are liberal activists. The justices’ foes include .

  • Support sales tax for city streets

    In addition to a ballot filled with candidates, Manhattan residents will decide whether to raise the city sales tax by two-tenths of one percent to generate money to repair and maintain our streets. We urge city residents to support the .

  • Election recommendations

    Advance voting this year has been heavy, but most area voters still have not cast ballots in what promises to be an important election at the national, state and local level. For residents who haven’t yet made up their .

  • Ballot selfies? What’s next?

    Though ballot selfies are still banned in more than a dozen U.S. states, they’re not the threat to democracy that election officials in some parts of the country had feared. In fact, according to a couple of recent .

  • Once and future congressman?

    First District Rep. Tim Huelskamp doesn’t take ‘No’ for an answer. Rep. Huelskamp — a few months from being former Rep. Huelskamp — has indicated he also wants to be future Rep. Huelskamp. He has filed federal candidacy papers for the 2018 .

  • Keep Halloween safe for kids

    Halloween isn’t quite as child-centered today as it was not so long ago, but here’s hoping adults inclined to indulge in the seasonal fun get it out of their system this weekend. Halloween, as in Oct. 31, ought to .

  • Yet another Westar request ...

    In part to remain in the good graces of the federal government, Westar Energy is seeking a comparatively modest rate increase. If the utility company were the only entity in Kansas with needs, its request would not be a problem. .

  • Carter right to halt collections

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter acted wisely — and reasonably quickly — on Wednesday in ordering a halt to the Pentagon’s efforts to recover signing bonuses inappropriately paid to California National Guard members as long as a decade ago. Calling the current .

  • ‘The vision is coming true’

    Although his record with “experiments” is spotty, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback deserves credit for thinking big. The governor, along with officials from the Kansas Department of Commerce and the American Royal, which has made its home in Kansas City, Missouri .

  • Getting closer to a new KSU president

    The most recent news on the search for the next president of Kansas State University was about as positive as it could have been. Dennis Mullin, the Manhattan resident who is leading the search committee, hopes the committee will choose .


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