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Editorials

  • A daring raid, a tragic new tally

    Though it matters immensely to those most affected, the death of a U.S. soldier in combat isn’t always noticed in America. After all, more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel were killed in the last Iraq war. But a .

  • State efficiency is not optional

    It was news earlier this month when the state of Kansas hired an efficiency expert to scrutinize the state budget. Unfortunately, it was news for the wrong reason. That’s because the $2.6 million being spent on a firm that has .

  • Kline again at odds with Supreme Court

    Phill Kline is at it again, trying to blame others for his legal troubles. Not content to have abused his authority as Kansas attorney general, he is now suing the entire Kansas Supreme Court and just about anyone else who .

  • Kobach’s fraud cases politically motivated

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has gained the power to prosecute cases of alleged voter fraud, and now he’s using it. Earlier this month, he filed three election fraud cases in two counties, accusing the defendants of illegally .

  • County attorney deserves award

    A tip of the cap to Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson, who was named the prosecutor of the year by his peers this past week. Mr. Wilkerson, who is the top law-enforcement official in Riley County, was lauded by the .

  • Community effort will pay dividends

    It’s tough to know whether Manhattan will end up with federal money to cut flood risk along Wildcat Creek. What we do know is that the community has tried pretty hard. There’s a $1 billion chunk of change left .

  • 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, .

  • 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 .

  • 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. .

  • 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 .

  • 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 .

  • ‘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 .


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