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  • Narrow marijuana measure has merit

    Though some folks are already sounding the alarm, there’s no reason to believe that the marijuana bill the Kansas House of Representatives passed last week is the first move toward recreational use of marijuana in Kansas. The Kansas Legislature .

  • Hard alcohol bans constructive

    The Interfraternity Council at the University of Kansas is to be commended for voting earlier this month to ban hard liquor at all of that university’s fraternities. The ban covers the presence or consumption of hard alcohol by any .

  • Happy Mother’s Day

    Husbands learned before they were married and children learn from about the time they begin to understand how the world works that Mother’s Day is a very big deal. It’s an important occasion whether a woman is enjoying .

  • Partial tax-cut repeal is a good proposal

    Never mind the long odds, it was gratifying to learn that a Republican legislator is trying to confront the cause of the state’s financial crisis. The person, state Rep. Mark Hutton of Wichita, on Thursday explained to the House .

  • Tobacco tax revenue would be ill used

    There’s an excellent reason to support raising tobacco taxes, even to the extent that Gov. Sam Brownback proposed at the outset of the 2015 legislative session. Unfortunately, it’s not the reason the Brownback administration has in mind. A tax .

  • GOP director’s reaction overdone

    We don’t always agree with Gov. Sam Brownback, but he handled that little “Tip the schools” dustup a lot better than the director of the Kansas Republican Party did. The recent incident involved the governor’s bill Saturday at .

  • Superbly said, MHS forensics team

    Winning a state high school championship in any activity, academic or athletic, is an impressive feat. Winning two in a row — and three in four years — as the Manhattan High School forensics team under the leadership of Shawn Rafferty has .

  • Republicans must be persuaded

    We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again. If other members of the Kansas Legislature would take their cues from the Manhattan delegation, lawmakers wouldn’t be scrambling to dig out of a $400 million hole they’ve .

  • Close email loophole in open records law

    When the Kansas budget director circulates details about budget proposals from his office email account, that information is subject to the Kansas Open Records Act. But if the budget director were to send those emails from a private email account, .

  • Has ‘Apple’ gone bad?

    We suppose that if someone the city or the Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is paying thinks Manhattan ought to reconsider its nickname, it’s worth doing. Mayor Karen McCulloh said Wednesday that Judy Randall, CEO of .

  • Shannon knows value of morale

    As discouraging as the story in Wednesday’s Mercury on recommended spending cuts in the Manhattan-Ogden School District was, Superintendent Bob Shannon’s recognition of the effect one modest proposal could have on morale was refreshing. It came after a .

  • A festival worth sampling

    With the weather warming nicely and chances for rain this weekend more scattered than certain, many area residents will probably be looking for excuses to get outside. There’s the yard, of course. There’s fishing, boating, parks or simply .


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