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Editorials

  • Putin and FIFA

    Russian President Vladimir Putin knows a thing or two about meddling and corruption. He’s seized Crimea from Ukraine, is trying to take other parts of Ukraine and covets the Baltic nations as well. He’s also meddled with great .

  • National security a constant endeavor

    Area residents on Wednesday received a double dose of the federal government’s efforts to protect Americans from whatever threats arise in the 21st century. Perhaps the most awaited event was the formal groundbreaking for NBAF — the National Bio- and .

  • Change will depend on Republicans

    A petition containing 38,000 signatures on some 3,600 pages sounds impressive, no matter what it’s for or against. But the one taking issue with Gov. Sam Brownback’s policies and that was taken to the Statehouse Friday didn’t have nearly .

  • Enjoy slower pace while it lasts

    Though recent rains have caused their share of excitement, particularly for residents trying to dry out their basements, they haven’t been able to keep the annual calm from descending on our fair city. We refer, of course, to the .

  • Rout at Ramadi renews war debate

    President Barack Obama’s strategy announced last September “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State doesn’t seem to be working. Trouble is, short of committing large numbers of American troops — something the president says he won’t do .

  • A time to honor great sacrifice

    Memorial Day is upon us. As sacred an occasion as there is on our national calendar, Monday is a day for Americans to pause in honor of those who have died in service to our country. It is an opportunity .

  • Maybe long break will spur action

    We’re ambivalent about the Kansas Legislature’s decision to take a long —  as in four-day — weekend before returning next Tuesday to take another crack at resolving the $406 million shortfall and approving a budget for the coming year. We’.

  • Lawmakers reject the best solution

    The lengths that Kansas legislators will go to offset a roughly $400 million budget shortfall while protecting the income tax cuts they approved in 2012 and 2013 are nothing short of amazing. The Kansas Senate, for example, is considering a bill that, among .

  • Kids will find ways to have fun

    Thursday, the last day of school for thousands of Manhattan children, is a big day indeed. And with less than three months before most students return to the classroom, they’d better get busy. Many families will take family vacations, .

  • Hold nonessential issues until next year

    It’s not hard to figure out why the Kansas Legislature, meeting today for the third extra day of the 2015 session, is having trouble getting its work done. Simply put, it’s more difficult to repeal tax cuts than it .

  • Constituents pay; so should lawmakers

    It was good to learn over the weekend that Manhattan’s representative in Congress, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, is a dedicated newspaper reader — or that at least one member of his staff is. The reasons for reading papers are .

  • Zinsser made writers write better

    The death of William Zinsser in New York City this week probably wouldn’t merit much attention here, except for one thing: For whatever good writing there is in the pages of The Manhattan Mercury, he ought to get part .


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