Editorials

  • Wary coalition fights ISIS

    The battle to retake Mosul received barely a mention in the last week of the presidential campaign and its immediate aftermath. It deserves more of America’s attention, especially since forces the United States is supporting also have begun isolating .

  • K-State correct on free speech

    We’d like to congratulate Kansas State University for taking exactly the right approach to handling matters of free speech on campus. By contrast, we are seriously concerned with what a new top official at the University of Missouri system .

  • From bad to much worse

    Initial optimism at the power shift in the Kansas Legislature from conservatives to a combination of Democrats and moderate Republicans was dampened Thursday when the revenue forecast blew a huge hole in the state budget. Yes, moderates will have more .

  • Veterans deserve respect, thanks

    Former President Gerald R. Ford is best remembered for rising to the presidency when Richard Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment proceedings, and for what was a controversial but wise move, pardoning Mr. Nixon for any crimes the latter individual might .

  • A victory for the ‘forgotten’?

    We didn’t find much to like about Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. He was rude, crude, bigoted, boastful and didn’t so much stretch the truth as violate it. It was almost impossible to imagine him in the .

  • Which law should Kansans obey?

    Remember a few years ago when Secretary of State Kris Kobach co-wrote the Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act? Both houses of the Kansas Legislature overwhelmingly approved it, with many members delighted with the law and others voting for it because .

  • 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 .


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