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  • Editorials | October 03, 2014

    Afghanistan has a new opportunity

    It’s been quite a week for Afghanistan. On Monday, Afghanistan experienced a peaceful transition of power which, if not a first, was still remarkable. The next day, that country and the United States signed the Bilateral Security Agreement, which also was a notable achievement.

  • Editorials | October 02, 2014

    Way to go, Ogden Elementary!

    We offer our congratulations to Ogden Elementary School for being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. As a story in Wednesday’s Mercury explained, Ogden is one of the most successful schools nationwide in improving students’ scores in reading and math. Ogden, which has

  • Editorials | October 01, 2014

    Data generates more partisan spin

    The state revenue report released Tuesday gave Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, more campaign fodder than it gave Gov. Sam Brownback. But even the administration can point to a bright spot in otherwise troubling news. That involves corporate tax revenue, which was conspicuous

  • Editorials | September 30, 2014

    Hong Kong scenes are remarkable

    Footage of the demonstrations in Hong Kong on Monday morning and again this morning was truly amazing. Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents — mostly students, the TV reporters said — gathered in the street, voicing chants and otherwise defying one of the most authoritarian and

  • Editorials | September 29, 2014

    Democrats should replace Taylor

    We don’t often find ourselves in agreement with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose phony crusade against voter fraud has disenfranchised thousands of law-abiding Kansans. But he was right to try to keep former Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor’s name on the

  • Editorials | September 26, 2014

    Fort Riley soldiers back to Iraq

    Fort Riley troops are heading back to Iraq. As their friends and neighbors, we wish them the best and hope for their speedy return. As realists, we hope everyone sees what this deployment means. And as Americans, we hope they get the job done, whatever

  • Editorials | September 25, 2014

    aTa Bus wheels go round and round

    It was gratifying earlier this week to learn that ridership on Manhattan’s bus system is rising — and rising significantly. As Anne Smith, director of the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency — aTa Bus — told Riley County commissioners, the system’s buses carried 29,881 passengers last month.

  • Editorials | September 24, 2014

    Democrats stumble on ‘optics’ test

    Kansas Democrats should have known better than to hold a barbecue Tuesday for gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis at the home of a state Supreme Court justice. They ought to know that the appearance of impropriety often carries the same taint as genuine impropriety. And they

  • Editorials | September 24, 2014

    Missions to Mars

    India is to be congratulated for becoming the first Asian nation to put a satellite into orbit around Mars. What might be more remarkable is that India did it for less than the cost — $100 million — of the Hollywood space thriller, “Gravity.” India’s Mars Orbiter

  • Editorials | September 23, 2014

    Could Ebola become permanent?

    The World Health Organization is doing its best to get the world’s attention. For folks who might be inured to reports that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst in history, WHO now warns that the outbreak could last forever. If that


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