We don’t know whether this will be a bad year for influenza or if the flu will pass us by, but we wouldn’t be surprised if people take it more seriously this year. That ought to be a welcome development. Yet we also
It was naïve for Americans to think, even briefly, that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in recent years would become permanent. As recent events have demonstrated, that isn’t the case. The names of some of the enemy have changed, but
Americans who had other plans this weekend, or who thought Ebola and ISIS gave them enough to worry about now are expected to make a little room for Kim Jong-Un. He’s the overweight twentysomething with the goofy haircut — and the son and grandson of
Vice President Joe Biden’s angry reaction to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s new book — and particularly Mr. Panetta’s criticism of the president — was predictable. But the vice president has a valid point. There is something unseemly about former presidential advisers writing
It’s easy to be fans of the National Park Service, which manages 401 properties. They include magnificent parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite and less well known places such as the Fort Scott and Fort Larned Historic Sites (and others) here in Kansas. America’s parks
We tend to agree with Seattle that it’s a good idea for residents and businesses to separate recyclables from their garbage. Similarly, California, like a growing number of cities nationwide, is wise to officially discourage the use of unrecyclable plastic bags. Seattle has passed
It is fitting that the largest single grant Kansas State University has ever received will support research into ways to meet the world’s increasing demands for food. The grant, announced in late September, is for $50 million over five years. It comes from the U.
It’s been quite a week for Afghanistan. On Monday, Afghanistan experienced a peaceful transition of power which, if not a first, was still remarkable. The next day, that country and the United States signed the Bilateral Security Agreement, which also was a notable achievement.
We offer our congratulations to Ogden Elementary School for being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. As a story in Wednesday’s Mercury explained, Ogden is one of the most successful schools nationwide in improving students’ scores in reading and math. Ogden, which has
The state revenue report released Tuesday gave Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, more campaign fodder than it gave Gov. Sam Brownback. But even the administration can point to a bright spot in otherwise troubling news. That involves corporate tax revenue, which was conspicuous
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