Editorials

  • 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, .

  • Baseball season still going strong

    Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals. They’re in the American League playoffs for the second consecutive year, and unlike last year, when they entered through the side door, this year they’ve made themselves the team to beat. On .

  • Revenue trend remains troubling

    It’s difficult to sugarcoat the latest Kansas revenue report, one in which the state in September collected almost $32 million less than it had projected. That amount — 5.7 percent less than the Department of Revenue had expected — is sufficient cause for .

  • Will we ever stop mass murders?

    If you’ve watched even a modest amount of television the last couple of years, you might have seen the commercial in which a woman opens a card to read, “Your heart attack arrives in two days.” It’s an .

  • Career politicians still struggle in poll

    It’s hardly surprising, given the black eye that Islamic terrorists have given Islam, that a majority of Americans say a Muslim should not be elected president. But it is at least a little gratifying that 49 percent of those responding .

  • What Putin wants…

    What Russian President Vladimir Putin wants he gets — or takes. Well after he sent Russian troops — and tanks, helicopters and fighter jets — to Syria, Russia’s Parliament approved the move. The vote was unanimous, of course. The vote apparently was .

  • County right to seek repeal of tax lid

    Here’s hoping members of the Riley County Commission remain committed to seeking repeal of the local property tax lid that the Kansas Legislature approved in June. That action was an unnecessary provision in a bill raising sales and cigarette .

  • Mars is now a bit more habitable

    Moviegoers might disagree, but NASA’s announcement that water — salty water — exists on Mars is more important than the movie “The Martian,” which opens Friday and in which Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. Movies can .

  • A decent man, a so-so leader

    House Speaker John Boehner, who on Friday stunned Washington, D.C., with his announcement that he would leave Congress at the end of next month, is nothing if not conservative — a mainstream conservative with a solid grasp of reality. Yet .

  • Butler right to balk at RCPD raises

    The Riley County Law Board was prudent last week to table a request for extra pay for Riley County Police Department personnel who work overnight ....shifts. Not that RCPD Director Brad Schoen and assistant director John Doehling didn’t make .

  • Were lawmakers listening to Francis?

    Congressional liberals found plenty to like Thursday in Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress: He talked about wealth inequality, the death penalty, the “sacred obligation” to protect our planet’s environment and other issues. Similarly, congressional conservatives .


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