• $1 a trip is hard to beat

    The recent surge in ATA Bus ridership — to more than 900 riders a day — is certainly good news. So is Monday’s projection by ATA Bus Director Anne Smith that the agency could well set a record for ridership this month. .

  • About letters during campaigns…

    For years — and many election cycles — The Mercury has published letters from local readers in support of or opposed to particular candidates and issues. The editorial page, after all, is intended as a public forum for the exchange of political .

  • Former Cats trying to make rosters

    While a number of former Kansas State football players are looking to secure starting roles for the upcoming NFL season, several others are fighting just to make the team. The Arizona Cardinals feature linebacker Reggie Walker and the surprise of .

  • Armstrong was a quiet hero

    If history or social studies teachers in American high schools had asked their students Friday to identify Neil Armstrong, we’d guess more would have said he was a famous cyclist than would have identified him correctly. Others simply wouldn’.

  • Countywide sales tax worth supporting

    City and county efforts to “educate” the public about the merits of renewing the countywide half-cent sales tax aren’t as coordinated as they were when they collaborated successfully a decade ago, but we’d like to believe that situation .

  • Gas price trend is friendly, for now

    Anyone who puts gas in an auto (or a lawnmower) knows that gas prices have been drifting downward, the curious spike in Manhattan’s prices last week notwithstanding. The trend, while welcome, would be more enjoyable if it weren’t .

  • How many apologies are enough?

    We’re not quite sure what to make of the spat over the perceived inadequacy of America’s apology to Pakistan for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a U.S. air strike last November near the Afghanistan border. We’.

  • If it’s a trial balloon, pop it quickly

    If the Kansas Depart-ment of Agriculture is really looking for a new home for its headquarters, Manhattan would be delighted to oblige. Manhattan is reported to be on a short list of sites the Department of Agriculture is considering moving .

  • Revisiting state science standards

    Here’s hoping the mainstream science standards that Kansas and two dozen other states are collaborating on aren’t muddied by creationism/intelligent design advocates. The issue surfaced last week at the Kansas Board of Education when, according to the .

  • Stampede forecast: Hot, humid and loud

    With a little luck, today’s heat will be the worst of the week, and the throngs who head to Tuttle Creek State Park for the Country Stampede from Thursday through Sunday will enjoy balmy days in the low 90s. .

  • Another showdown in Egypt?

    If Hosni Mubarak at the height of his power were to have said, “I promise to confront chaos and restore stability,” it would signaled a wave of arrests, beatings, killings and whatever else was deemed necessary to quash dissent. Mr. .

  • Long may it wave

    It’s probably good that Congress in 1966 asked presidents to issue proclamations each year designating the week in which June 14 falls as National Flag Week. Otherwise, Flag Day just might pass without notice. That would be a shame. Today is .


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