• 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 .

  • Graduates earn congratulations

    This weekend — graduation weekend — is one of the most glorious of the entire year. The accomplishments of about 3,400 Kansas State University students, 2,600 of whom are receiving bachelor’s degrees, will be celebrated during a succession of ceremonies Friday and Saturday .

  • Local students worth property tax hike

    Asking citizens to vote to raise their taxes, as the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education finds itself doing, isn’t much fun. The district is doing it through mail-in ballots that registered voters in the district will receive this week. Given .

  • 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 .


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