Monday, November 30, 2015

Opinion - Editorials

  • Editorials | October 26, 2015

    Are college students really so helpless?

    We’re tempted to offer three cheers for the League of Women Voters and faculty members at three Kansas public universities for developing a course to instruct college students on how to register to vote. After all, college students who are American citizens — and other

  • Editorials | October 24, 2015

    Time to preserve neighborhood is now

    Downzoning an almost 11-block area east of City Park isn’t just a good idea, it’s one that’s years overdue. What’s more, the failure to take advantage of the present opportunity could doom the area to further degradation. The plan that gained —

  • Editorials | October 23, 2015

    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 single death stood out Thursday

  • Editorials | October 21, 2015

    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 a spotty record in other

  • Editorials | October 20, 2015

    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 had anything to do with

  • Editorials | October 19, 2015

    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 voting in Kansas while casting

  • Editorials | October 17, 2015

    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 Kansas County and District Attorney’

  • Editorials | October 17, 2015

    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 over from the federal disaster

  • 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

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