Tuesday, May 5, 2015



Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | June 03, 2014

    ‘Prisoner’ swap sets dangerous precedent

    President Barack Obama’s decision to release five high-ranking Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of a U.S. prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, involves two conflicting American principles. One is that our nation properly goes to great lengths to secure the

  • Editorials | June 02, 2014

    Getting noticed for the right reasons

    A housing development here, some new businesses there and a top-notch university, and the next thing we know, Manhattan is getting another dose of good national publicity. It happened again last week when the Washington Post published Census Bureau data on America’s fastest growing

  • Editorials | June 02, 2014

    Three cheers for Valley Heights trio

    What do you say about a track team that has too few members to even consider competing in relays but has enough firepower to win a state championship? Congratulations, of course! It happened Saturday at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, where the three members of the

  • Editorials | June 01, 2014

    Sales tax idea sounds OK, but…

    Maybe Manhattan taxpayers will go for a sales tax increase to fund city street maintenance — the idea has its attractions – but we can’t quite shake our misgivings about the idea. For starters, street maintenance, a city responsibility, has traditionally been funded through property taxes.

  • Editorials | May 30, 2014

    Enough new species for an annual top 10

    Species may be going extinct and our planet might well be going to hell in a handbasket, but the news isn’t all bad. For example, if the number of new species discovered in the last year is any indication, the handbasket is far from

  • Editorials | May 29, 2014

    Blood can be most precious gift

    Haevyn Stoddard, the 21-month-old pictured on the front page of Wednesday’s Mercury, is a little knockout. And, as her parents, Dustin and Brandi Stoddard, well know, she is lucky to be alive. When she was just four months old, a medical emergency landed Haevyn

  • Editorials | May 28, 2014

    CEO pay news is losing its luster

    Maybe it’s too soon to tell, but there hasn’t been much of a public reaction to news that median pay for America’s CEOs in 2013 exceeded $10 million. Even if half of America’s corporate chiefs made less than the median of $10.5 million, you’

  • Editorials | May 27, 2014

    Even small tax increases add up

    The reluctance of Manhattan-Ogden School Board President Curt Herrman and member Darell Edie to raise the board’s capital outlay budget taxing authority is appreciated. Nevertheless, the majority was right to raise the cap from the present 6 mills to the maximum of 8 mills for items

  • Editorials | May 26, 2014

    A day to remember fallen warriors

    There is something peaceful and gratifying about Americans — young ones and old ones — planting American flags at the gravestones of soldiers who died defending our nation. It is a simple, beautiful, act. Some of the gravestones are from wars decades ago; others are fairly new.

  • Editorials | May 23, 2014

    A few things to feel good about

    We’d like to tip our cap to a few encouraging recent developments, two in Manhattan and one in Topeka: •First, we note with obvious pleasure the expansion at Florence Manufacturing, a Manhattan company that plans to add 100 production jobs. Florence expects to employ more


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