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  • Editorials | May 29, 2014

    Blood can be most precious gift

    Haevyn Stoddard, the 21-month-old pictured on the front page of Wednesday’s Mercury, is a little knockout. And, as her parents, Dustin and Brandi Stoddard, well know, she is lucky to be alive. When she was just four months old, a medical emergency landed Haevyn

  • Editorials | May 28, 2014

    CEO pay news is losing its luster

    Maybe it’s too soon to tell, but there hasn’t been much of a public reaction to news that median pay for America’s CEOs in 2013 exceeded $10 million. Even if half of America’s corporate chiefs made less than the median of $10.5 million, you’

  • Editorials | May 27, 2014

    Even small tax increases add up

    The reluctance of Manhattan-Ogden School Board President Curt Herrman and member Darell Edie to raise the board’s capital outlay budget taxing authority is appreciated. Nevertheless, the majority was right to raise the cap from the present 6 mills to the maximum of 8 mills for items

  • Editorials | May 26, 2014

    A day to remember fallen warriors

    There is something peaceful and gratifying about Americans — young ones and old ones — planting American flags at the gravestones of soldiers who died defending our nation. It is a simple, beautiful, act. Some of the gravestones are from wars decades ago; others are fairly new.

  • Editorials | May 23, 2014

    A few things to feel good about

    We’d like to tip our cap to a few encouraging recent developments, two in Manhattan and one in Topeka: •First, we note with obvious pleasure the expansion at Florence Manufacturing, a Manhattan company that plans to add 100 production jobs. Florence expects to employ more

  • Editorials | May 22, 2014

    Tragedy can mar summer fun

    One of our multiple starts of summer occurs today when the school year comes to an end. That means, among other things, that more children will be out and about — on foot and on bicycles. And that, in turn, means motorists will have to be

  • Editorials | May 21, 2014

    A status quo worth keeping

    The Riley County Police Department has acted prudently in deciding against changing the way it handles alcohol violation citations at taverns. The writing of individual citations will continue to be up to investigating officers, and whether violations will be forwarded to Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control

  • Editorials | May 21, 2014

    Signs of the times?

    We suppose the move toward electronic signs in Manhattan is inevitable. After all, businesses and organizations erect signs to convey messages, and digital electronic signs might convey those messages in more modern fashion than traditional signs do. We get that, and we know what century

  • Editorials | May 19, 2014

    Summer quiet comes right on cue

    Just like that, it’s summer. Well, maybe not quite just like that, and it’s not quite summer. But as the first work week after Kansas State University’s many graduation ceremonies — it takes a slew of them to confer more than 3,000 degrees — something

  • Editorials | May 16, 2014

    What will our city be like in 2035?

    We rather like the Manhattan conjured up Wednesday by residents who participated in a long-range planning exercise. What’s not to like about more green space, better bicycle access and clean air? Those are just three of the items that participants mentioned as important in

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