Editorials

  • 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, .

  • 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 .

  • No reason for secrecy in Fort Riley case

    There’s something that seems very odd about the matter of Fort Riley’s new hospital. Basically, the question is: Why’s it taking so long? The Mercury attempted to answer that question in an in-depth story this past Sunday. .

  • City’s development program working

    Two decades ago, Manhattan was in sorry shape. Fort Riley was cutting back severely – the First Infantry Division packed up and moved to Germany – and the community was shrinking. Businesses were scrambling, schools were closing, and local leaders were hoping .

  • Some failures are cause for joy

    If you missed what was peddled as the “Global Rally for Humanity” over the weekend, you didn’t miss much. Apparently generated — instigated, actually — on social media, the global rally was supposed to be an occasion for the bigots among .

  • ‘Innovation and Inspiration’

    Kansas State University’s billion dollar fundraising campaign is nothing if not impressive. That can be said as well for the $766 million that has been raised in the last five years under the leadership of the KSU Foundation. That sum .

  • Rental inspections, or something less?

    It was only a matter of time before the issue of a rental inspection program resurfaced at a Manhattan City Commission meeting. Five years ago, after considerable and sometimes heated debate, a previous commission approved a reasonable though imperfect rental .

  • It’s not quite extra, but it’s nice to have

    Given the wrenching saga of the Kansas budget, the chronic funding problems of public schools and the succession of university tuition increases, word Thursday that Riley County is ahead for the year by $3.5 million is a breath of fresh air. .

  • At long last, a proper welcome

    Yet another bit of good local news involves progress — tangible progress — on a sign atop a bridge pier in the Kansas River greeting motorists entering Manhattan on K-177. For years such a sign seemed like a good idea that was .

  • State should accept Medicaid expansion

    The question of expanding Medicaid in Kansas is complicated, what with insurance coverage of some 150,000 low-income Kansans and the financial health of at least some of the state’s hospitals just some of the factors at stake. But a proposal .

  • Help Cats for Cans help others

    There’s a big game this Saturday in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats will take on Texas Christian University, the No. 2 team in the country. A lot will have to go right for K-State to prevail, and we’re .

  • Flu vaccine a prudent move

    Signs alerting area residents about the availability of flu shots have been visible near Manhattan’s large grocery stores and drug stores for a couple of weeks now. Monday’s Mercury held another timely reminder that flu season is approaching, .


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