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  • Editorials | October 16, 2015

    Capital insurgents can’t really govern

    It was striking to read the news account earlier this week of U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s appearance in Leonardville in the same edition that The Mercury published an opinion column by David Brooks. Huelskamp, in his appearance here, rattled on about how awful

  • Editorials | October 15, 2015

    Keep your eye on Mrs. Clinton

    The candidates for president on the Democrat side all took the stage earlier this week in their first debate. “Candidates” is really not the right word, because, frankly, this whole thing comes down to Hillary Clinton. Yes, Bernie Sanders has surged in the polls and

  • Editorials | October 15, 2015

    No reason for secrecy in Fort Riley case

    There’s something that seems very odd about the matter of Fort Riley’s new hospital. Basically, the question is: Why’s it taking so long? The Mercury attempted to answer that question in an in-depth story this past Sunday. The hospital, initially scheduled to

  • Editorials | October 14, 2015

    City’s development program working

    Two decades ago, Manhattan was in sorry shape. Fort Riley was cutting back severely – the First Infantry Division packed up and moved to Germany – and the community was shrinking. Businesses were scrambling, schools were closing, and local leaders were hoping for a spark. They came

  • Editorials | October 13, 2015

    Some failures are cause for joy

    If you missed what was peddled as the “Global Rally for Humanity” over the weekend, you didn’t miss much. Apparently generated — instigated, actually — on social media, the global rally was supposed to be an occasion for the bigots among us, especially those who hate

  • Editorials | October 12, 2015

    ‘Innovation and Inspiration’

    Kansas State University’s billion dollar fundraising campaign is nothing if not impressive. That can be said as well for the $766 million that has been raised in the last five years under the leadership of the KSU Foundation. That sum provided quite a jump-start and

  • Editorials | October 10, 2015

    Rental inspections, or something less?

    It was only a matter of time before the issue of a rental inspection program resurfaced at a Manhattan City Commission meeting. Five years ago, after considerable and sometimes heated debate, a previous commission approved a reasonable though imperfect rental inspection program. Unfortunately, it lasted

  • Editorials | October 09, 2015

    It’s not quite extra, but it’s nice to have

    Given the wrenching saga of the Kansas budget, the chronic funding problems of public schools and the succession of university tuition increases, word Thursday that Riley County is ahead for the year by $3.5 million is a breath of fresh air. The news came in Riley

  • Editorials | October 09, 2015

    At long last, a proper welcome

    Yet another bit of good local news involves progress — tangible progress — on a sign atop a bridge pier in the Kansas River greeting motorists entering Manhattan on K-177. For years such a sign seemed like a good idea that was doomed by a lack of

  • Editorials | October 08, 2015

    State should accept Medicaid expansion

    The question of expanding Medicaid in Kansas is complicated, what with insurance coverage of some 150,000 low-income Kansans and the financial health of at least some of the state’s hospitals just some of the factors at stake. But a proposal to expand Medicaid to provide


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