Editorials

  • A woman of letters

    It was with sadness that we at the Mercury greeted the news of the passing of Norma McNair, who died Monday at the age of 88. The obituary notice identified her as the wife of the late Joe P. McNair and .

  • Confederate flag is a symbol of bigotry

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley might have been slow to come around, but she was correct on Monday to call on the South Carolina Legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. In a gubernatorial debate last year .

  • Schulz’s gesture admirable

    Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he knows the value of a dollar. He also knows the value of a gesture, as he demonstrated last week when he declined a $9,300 raise from the Kansas .

  • Happy Father’s Day

    There’s more to being a good dad than putting on a necktie whose creation was a crime against good taste and then wearing it in public to keep from breaking the heart of the child who gave it to .

  • Slaughter raises familiar issues

    Again, Americans grieve for the victims of a brutal, senseless act, and again we ask a set of questions that’s painfully familiar. We grieve for the six women and three men who were shot in cold blood during a .

  • FDA makes right move on trans fats

    There will probably be some Americans who object to the federal edict to stop adding any artificial hydrogenated oils —trans fats — to food in the next three years because a favorite food won’t taste quite the same. There also .

  • Trump wants to be America’s emperor

    Love him or love to mock him, Donald Trump knows how to make an entrance. He stormed into the 2016 campaign for president on Tuesday is his familiar, bombastic style — making his announcement in Trump Tower, just one of the buildings .

  • AQAP now has a new leader

    While U.S. troops were busy training Iraqi security forces to battle the Islamic State and Kansas lawmakers were wrapping up their record-long legislative session, a U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed one of this country’s most dangerous .

  • Prosperity becomes more distant

    Kansans are left with countless images, many of them conflicting, from the 23-day overtime session of the 2015 Kansas Legislature, which ended Friday when the Senate approved the largest tax increase in state history. Most memorable — and perhaps most pivotal — was .

  • Candidates move early in Big First

    There’s little danger that the Republican field for Kansas’ 1st Congressional District will ever be as crowded as the GOP field for U.S. president in 2016. The latter race already has 10 declared candidates and at least five more who .

  • Bird flu precautions worthwhile

    The two dozen or so 4-H members in Riley County who had planned to enter about 100 poultry exhibits in the Riley County Fair next month are instead absorbing a hard lesson in reality. Through no fault of their own, they .

  • More U.S. troops to train Iraqis

    President Barack Obama is about to send approximately 500 more U.S. troops to Iraq to train and advise Iraqi soldiers in Anbar province. Among the U.S. goals will be helping Iraqi security forces turn the tide against the Islamic .


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