Friday, November 27, 2015

Opinion - Editorials

  • 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

  • Editorials | June 21, 2015

    Happy Father’s Day

    There’s more to being a good dad than putting on a necktie whose creation was a crime against good taste and then wearing it in public to keep from breaking the heart of the child who gave it to you. Looking out for one’

  • Editorials | June 19, 2015

    Slaughter raises familiar issues

    Again, Americans grieve for the victims of a brutal, senseless act, and again we ask a set of questions that’s painfully familiar. We grieve for the six women and three men who were shot in cold blood during a prayer meeting Wednesday at their

  • Editorials | June 18, 2015

    FDA makes right move on trans fats

    There will probably be some Americans who object to the federal edict to stop adding any artificial hydrogenated oils —trans fats — to food in the next three years because a favorite food won’t taste quite the same. There also will be some citizens who

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