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  • Editorials | June 29, 2014

    Everybody take a deep breath

    If major cuts occur at Fort Riley, the impact to the Manhattan area would be staggering. But it’s important to emphasize the first word in that sentence: If. The Army is studying what cuts would mean to its installations. That’s part of the

  • Editorials | June 27, 2014

    Welcome, Country Stampeders

    Welcome, country music fans. We’re glad you’re here. Seriously. You’re part of what makes Manhattan a great place. It’s time again for Country Stampede, which started Thursday night at Tuttle Creek State Park. The big headliners, Luke Bryan and Eric Church,

  • Editorials | June 26, 2014

    Congrats, new county treasurer

    Congratulations are in order for Shilo Heger, who has won the appointment to take over for Eileen King as the Riley County treasurer. Mrs. Heger is well-qualified, having spent a decade working in Mrs. King’s office as a deputy. She was the nominee of

  • Editorials | June 26, 2014

    College degree well worth the money

    Good news for Manhattan: A college degree is still worth the money. In fact, it’s worth about a million dollars. No kidding. A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released this week concludes that “investing in a college degree may be

  • Editorials | June 25, 2014

    Flooding problem must be fixed

    It’s time to do something about Wildcat Creek. And it’s going to take leadership. A story in Monday’s Mercury repeated the refrain that the creek will flood again, and will cause property damage and possibly death. Prompted by significant floods in recent

  • Editorials | June 24, 2014

    Free food for everyone at school?

    Something bothers us about the idea of a federal program to provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students in an entire school — or an entire school district — just because a relatively high proportion of students fall below a certain family income level. First, let

  • Editorials | June 23, 2014

    Parking garage has place in history

    We’re disappointed about a new development in Washington. No, not the usual problem with Congress or President Obama or a bureaucratic snafu. We’re talking about an actual development, as in a plan for a new building. See, the Arlington County  Board, in Virginia’

  • Editorials | June 22, 2014

    Naming dorm for Wefald appropriate

    Naming a big new dorm at Kansas State University for Jon Wefald is a fine gesture. Sure, it would be a bit more typical to name a classroom building for a former university president. Historically, that’s been the pattern — hence Anderson, Denison and Waters

  • Editorials | June 19, 2014

    Tuition increases add to students’ load

    It’s tough to spin a 5.2-percent tuition increase as “restrained,” but that’s what Fred Logan, a Leawood attorney who is chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, did on Wednesday. He said that the tuition increases the Regents approved are the lowest for

  • Editorials | June 18, 2014

    Suspect’s capture renews old debates

    So divisive is just about anything pertaining to the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that even good news sparks debate in our nation’s capital. The good, or at least somewhat satisfying, news is that U.S. special forces captured a


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