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  • Editorials | January 30, 2014

    Let’s win the Souper Bowl

    The “Souper Bowl” is not a new event in Manhattan, but its planned resurgence is most welcome. The Souper Bowl, a play on the NFL’s Super Bowl, is a benefit for the Flint Hills Breadbasket. At its peak about a decade ago, volunteers staffed

  • Editorials | January 29, 2014

    Let’s learn from Allegiant episode

    We’re disappointed that Allegiant Air has decided to halt its twice-weekly flights to and from Phoenix and hope the city’s brief relationship with Allegiant can serve as a learning experience. Allegiant, whose last Manhattan flight will be Feb. 23, began service here with modest

  • Editorials | January 28, 2014

    Banning surrogacy is wrong approach

    We hope Senate President Susan Wagle, a conservative Republican from Wichita, spoke for a majority of her colleagues in both the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives when on Monday she said, “Criminalizing surrogate mothers is not a priority of this Legislature.” Unfortunately, it seems

  • Editorials | January 27, 2014

    Keeping terrorists on the defensive

    Perhaps with Americans’ attention focused on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and the Super Bowl, it’s easy to overlook another military strike against our country’s sworn enemies. But there was one on Sunday in Somalia against a leader of

  • Editorials | January 26, 2014

    Status quo restricts free speech

    We’re still puzzled by the Kansas Board of Regents’ policy about social media usage by university employees. As a committee begins work on revising it, we still think it’s best to throw out the policy and start over. But at the very least,

  • Editorials | January 24, 2014

    Boost funding for Kansas courts

    Kansas Senate Vice President Jeff King deserves some credit for introducing a handful of measures this week that can help ease the financial straits of the state’s judiciary. But neither those nor some efficiency measures that Sen. King, an Independence Republican, suggests that the

  • 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

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