Vice President Joe Biden’s angry reaction to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s new book — and particularly Mr. Panetta’s criticism of the president — was predictable. But the vice president has a valid point. There is something unseemly about former presidential advisers writing
It’s easy to be fans of the National Park Service, which manages 401 properties. They include magnificent parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite and less well known places such as the Fort Scott and Fort Larned Historic Sites (and others) here in Kansas. America’s parks
We tend to agree with Seattle that it’s a good idea for residents and businesses to separate recyclables from their garbage. Similarly, California, like a growing number of cities nationwide, is wise to officially discourage the use of unrecyclable plastic bags. Seattle has passed
It is fitting that the largest single grant Kansas State University has ever received will support research into ways to meet the world’s increasing demands for food. The grant, announced in late September, is for $50 million over five years. It comes from the U.
It’s been quite a week for Afghanistan. On Monday, Afghanistan experienced a peaceful transition of power which, if not a first, was still remarkable. The next day, that country and the United States signed the Bilateral Security Agreement, which also was a notable achievement.
We offer our congratulations to Ogden Elementary School for being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. As a story in Wednesday’s Mercury explained, Ogden is one of the most successful schools nationwide in improving students’ scores in reading and math. Ogden, which has
The state revenue report released Tuesday gave Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, more campaign fodder than it gave Gov. Sam Brownback. But even the administration can point to a bright spot in otherwise troubling news. That involves corporate tax revenue, which was conspicuous
Footage of the demonstrations in Hong Kong on Monday morning and again this morning was truly amazing. Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents — mostly students, the TV reporters said — gathered in the street, voicing chants and otherwise defying one of the most authoritarian and
We don’t often find ourselves in agreement with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose phony crusade against voter fraud has disenfranchised thousands of law-abiding Kansans. But he was right to try to keep former Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor’s name on the
Fort Riley troops are heading back to Iraq. As their friends and neighbors, we wish them the best and hope for their speedy return. As realists, we hope everyone sees what this deployment means. And as Americans, we hope they get the job done, whatever
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