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  • Editorials | January 23, 2014

    Schrum believed in Manhattan

    With the death of Ruth Schrum at age 90 on Sunday, Manhattan has lost a committed community and political activist. Mrs. Schrum wore many hats during her life. She was an educator and a businesswoman who with her husband, Neil, owned both the Balloon Boutique Gift

  • Editorials | January 23, 2014

    Good work, RCPD

    For Riley County residents accustomed to consistent, effective law enforcement, word that the rate at which serious crimes occur in the county dropped considerably in the last five years comes as no surprise. As a story in Wednesday’s Mercury reported, the incidence of serious

  • Editorials | January 21, 2014

    Safety of Olympics a growing concern

    Nothing darkens the mood over international sporting events quite like the threat of terrorism. Given recent terrorist incidents and threats in Russia, security concerns have dwarfed almost every other aspect of the Winter Olympic Games, which will run from Feb. 7 to 22 in Sochi, Russia. Russian

  • Editorials | January 20, 2014

    News about smoking keeps getting worse

    Residents who smoke cigarettes and who made quitting their No. 1 resolution for 2014 made a wise decision. And if they’ve already stumbled, we urge them to try again — and as often as it takes to finally break the habit. Americans have known for decades that

  • Editorials | January 19, 2014

    Make King Day a day of service

    It hasn’t been quite four months since Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Yet here we come to the national holiday set aside to honor the slain

  • Editorials | January 16, 2014

    Governor doesn’t waver on his vision

    Gov. Sam Brownback touched on a lot of topics Wednesday during his State of the State Address before a joint session of the Kansas Legislature. Perhaps of particular interest in Manhattan was his assertion that “Our universities are critical.” He talked of “strategic investments” already

  • Editorials | January 15, 2014

    Spectacle infused with election politics

    The Kansas Legislature convened this week in a session that will likely be dominated by school finance and the upcoming election season. School finance, a perennial issue, will be of particular interest in the coming weeks as lawmakers and school districts await the Kansas Supreme

  • Editorials | January 15, 2014

    Let negotiators work

    The bipartisan group of federal lawmakers pursuing what they call an “insurance policy” in the event international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are unsuccessful ought to stand down. Diplomats from the United States, Iran and five major powers worked out details over the weekend

  • Editorials | January 14, 2014

    Uh… this isn’t our airport…

    It was bizarre, and a little humorous, last November when an Atlas Air 747 Dreamliner carrying cargo from New York City’s JFK International Airport to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita missed the mark — by about 10 miles — and landed instead at Col. James Jabara Airport.

  • Editorials | January 13, 2014

    Kobach’s approach is counterproductive

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that checking for voter fraud is simply “good government.” In the narrow sense, he’s right. In the broader sense, though, his frantic search for voter fraud appears to be a matter of misplaced priorities and a ridiculous


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