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  • Editorials | December 23, 2015

    It could have ended much worse

    Area residents might have their occasional gripes with the Riley County Police Department, but were it not for the professionalism officers displayed on Monday, a standoff initiated by an armed and distraught woman might well have ended in tragedy. Instead, after more than eight tense

  • Editorials | December 22, 2015

    County residency fine but secondary

    The Riley County Commission couldn’t find a compelling reason to change the status quo with regard to appointing department heads, so commissioners took the obvious route Monday and reaffirmed the existing policy. That policy does not require appointed department heads to live in Riley

  • Editorials | December 21, 2015

    How much harm can Trump do?

    Donald Trump might have the biggest ego and the biggest mouth among the Republican presidential candidates, but it’s fair to wonder if he’s as smart as he is convinced he is. He’s complimented Russian President Vladimir Putin several times in recent months,

  • Editorials | December 19, 2015

    Campus safety a common goal

    The Kansas Board of Regents might formally disagree with the Kansas Legislature on whether guns on campuses protect or imperil students, but the Regents are pragmatic enough to know that even sensible, articulate objections at this stage aren’t likely to change lawmakers’ minds. Thus

  • Editorials | December 17, 2015

    Good job candidates always welcome

    Manhattan’s workforce growth in the last 14 years has been nothing short of amazing. The local market has created almost 10,000 jobs since January 2002, giving Manhattan the highest percentage increase of the state’s largest cities — 42 percent. That’s not just good; that’s spectacular. Now

  • Editorials | December 16, 2015

    Drone registration is just one step

    Folks who think that the federal government is chomping at the bit to interfere with the mushrooming popularity of drones overlook at least one considerable detail: The government is scrambling just to catch up with this still new phenomenon. The online registration system announced earlier

  • Editorials | December 15, 2015

    A prudent step by KSU leaders

    Kansas State University administrators acted wisely last week in making clear to anyone associated with the university that disparaging remarks toward Muslim students will not be tolerated. Administrators did so in a joint letter to the university community after learning about negative comments made to

  • Editorials | December 15, 2015

    A fitting honor for a stellar teacher

    Congratulations to Katie Sibbett, the Marlatt Elementary School sixth-grade teacher who has earned a Fulbright grant to study for about a semester in Singapore. The prestigious grants are issued by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in conjunction with the U.S. State Department

  • Editorials | December 14, 2015

    Wise words from Fitzwater

    Marlin Fitzwater has long been one of our favorite individuals, and only a small fraction of that has to do with the fact that he once — decades ago — was a Mercury employee. Rather, as have other Kansans, he demonstrated that it’s possible to be

  • Editorials | December 14, 2015

    Time to sample alternatives to festivals

    Perhaps it’s unwise to second-guess the Kansas Sampler Foundation, which has sponsored a string of successful festivals in Kansas communities, including a record-breaking stint in Wamego the last two years. But it’s hard not to wonder why the foundation is willing to mess


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