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  • Another stride for downtown

    Like a lot of business transactions, years could pass before it’s clear whether the city got a good deal in agreeing to amend the lease for Manhattan Town Center. As a story in Wednesday’s Mercury explained, the city, .

  • Will posturing lead to progress?

    Donald Trump has long struck us as someone who does things because he sees advantage in them — usually financial, but these days, of course, political.  Thus, we’re reluctant to give him too much credit for sparking the latest .

  • USD 383’s request easily justified

    Kansas school districts have long since learned that it’s tough to get money from the state. Meeting students’ needs may even have gotten more difficult with the Legislature’s adoption of the block-grant school funding method, which gives short .

  • Another disaster, more heroism

    There is a world of difference between last week’s catastrophe in Tianjin, China, and the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City in 2001. One element, however, is strikingly familiar: the sacrifice of firefighters. First, a glance at .

  • Put children’s safety first

    Some Manhattan children — and parents — can’t wait for the first day of school Tuesday. Others would be happy to prolong summer by a week or two. Like it or not, the 2015-16 school year begins this week in Manhattan; .

  • Terrorists with chemical weapons…

    Few contemporary fighting forces know the value of terror and are willing to use it quite like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State, better known as ISIS or simply IS, doesn’t just kill its enemies .

  • Keeping City Pool open a good move

    As have many of the city’s pool patrons, we’ve questioned the city’s decision to all but shut down the city’s pools in mid-August. Yes, we know that’s when the school year begins, and kids can’.

  • Instead of talk, how about money?

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s education advice gets cheaper by the word. It lost a little more value Tuesday when he was offering the state’s school districts some tips on how to improve the education they deliver to their students. .

  • Healthy river more precious than gold

    Any visitor to Colorado who has ridden the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train should remember the Animas River, and might even have taken dramatic photos or video of it as the train chugged along high above the gorge. .

  • Westar right to trim its request

    Westar Energy gave its 700,000 customers reason to smile when the company agreed last week to trim its most recent rate increase request by nearly half. Westar earlier this year had sought a rate increase of $152 million, to address costs associated .

  • GOP debate lively, entertaining

    The first Republican debates on Thursday were only modestly informative but plenty entertaining. It was abundantly clear that most of the candidates had a couple points they wanted to make and a barb or two they hoped would be memorable. .

  • ‘Bureaucratic’ mistakes matter

    The headline at the top of Wednesday’s USA Today was alarming: “Bioterror lab faced secret sanctions.” The subhead offered no consolation: “Kansas State facility repeatedly violated safety rules, feds say.” Troubling indeed. That’s the kind of story that .


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