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  • 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 .

  • Seatbelt use trend impressive

    Sometimes rather than lamenting how far away a certain goal is, it’s helpful to pause and recognize how far one has come. So it is with getting Kansans to wear seatbelts. As Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King announced Monday, .

  • Nature: spectacular and destructive

    If humanity hasn’t been humbled in the past few days, it has at least been reminded how little control we have over nature. For example, area residents might not have heard of Ensenada, Chile, until last week. That changed .

  • Commission enjoys smooth transition

    What was striking in a story Wednesday on the transition on the Manhattan City Commission was the commitment of present and former members to making this a better city. That’s easy to overlook sometimes amid the debates on specific .

  • Change not likely to hurt voter turnout

    It’s not surprising that Riley County commissioners and Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo object to the legislative proposal to move municipal and school board elections from the spring to the fall election cycle. We tend to agree, but not .

  • More spending cuts aren’t the answer

    If Kansas lawmakers were a frivolous bunch, the statewide advertising campaign launched Wednesday urging further tax and spending cuts might be helpful. But that isn’t the case. Yes, the Kansas Legislature learned this week that it needs to come .


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