• 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 .

  • Focus on fracking is worthwhile

    Earthquakes seem to have eased a bit in south-central Kansas, which is good news. But whether that stems from a decline in fracking associated with depressed oil prices or an order limiting wastewater disposal in certain wells there is unclear. .

  • Let’s not overlook Arbor Day

    The Washington Times doesn’t think much of Earth Day. Maybe the conservative newspaper is correct. Maybe, as it contends in an editorial, Earth Day, which since its inception in 1970 has been commemorated on April 22, “hijacked” the traditional celebration of .

  • ‘Not as bad’ doesn’t mean ‘good’

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been contemplating regulations for electronic cigarettes since 2011. In the interim, a number of states have taken action, including Kansas, which in 2012 banned anyone younger than 18 from buying or possessing e-cigarettes. The FDA .


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