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  • 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

  • Editorials | December 12, 2015

    A second chance for Huelskamp

    Last week was a good one for Tim Huelskamp, who represents Kansas’ 1st Congressional District, which includes Manhattan, in Congress. Whether what’s good for Rep. Huelskamp is also good for Kansas, however, remains to be seen. Rep. Huelskamp’s good week actually began weeks

  • Editorials | December 11, 2015

    Merkel deserving of Time honor

    Donald Trump has called Angela Merkel “insane.” Atypically, for him at least, he didn’t call her a “loser,” a category into which he’d put the many billions of humans with whom he so graciously shares the planet. That’s because as was recently

  • Editorials | December 10, 2015

    Pools could benefit from modest tweaks

    It’s disappointing that fewer people visited the city’s pools last summer, and further disappointing that the $62,000 boost in revenue last summer was more than offset by an increase of more than $205,000 in expenses. The upshot was that overall pool revenue, which was not

  • Editorials | December 09, 2015

    A citizenship test for Americans?

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is understandably concerned about Americans’ ignorance about how our government works, and he’s smart enough to know at least one way to address it. He thinks a good start would be ensuring that American-born citizens know as much about

  • Editorials | December 08, 2015

    Adapt Visa Waiver Program

    Concern about a refugee program that might have let as many as 2,000 Syrians into the United States in recent years has some validity if one assumes that the refugees intend to harm this country. Concern about fiancée visas, given Tashfeen Malik’s involvement in

  • Editorials | December 07, 2015

    Obama’s approach direct, reasonable

    President Barack Obama’s brief address to the nation Sunday night might not have been all it could have been, but neither did it deserve instant denunciation from Republican candidates for president. Donald Trump, still the GOP frontrunner, in part because he’s more insulting


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