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  • Editorials | October 02, 2013

    Protect yourself from flu’s misery

    It reached 80-something degrees this afternoon, and it’s a pretty safe bet — though not quite failsafe — that you won’t catch the flu today. You won’t likely be able to say that in January or February, when some of the people around you

  • Editorials | September 30, 2013

    Just another climate warning?

    Folks who are convinced that climate change is a hoax probably wouldn’t be impressed, but the most recent report on climate change is worth the attention of the world’s leaders and billions of this planet’s less powerful inhabitants. Getting much of the

  • Editorials | September 28, 2013

    Creationism v. evolution… again

    We’ll concede this about the folks who object to the teaching of evolution in public schools and the omission of lessons about creationism: They’re a stubborn lot. And now that they have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to prevent Kansas from using

  • Editorials | September 27, 2013

    Thanks, Felber, but not good-bye

    Today was Bill Felber’s last day as executive editor of The Manhattan Mercury. It’s a big deal around here for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that the Mercury newsroom has been Felber’s second home since 1969. We won’

  • Editorials | September 26, 2013

    There’s more valor than medals for it

    With the clear exception of US soldiers and their families, Afghanistan hasn’t mattered much to Americans. That was true a decade ago and in recent years. Most Americans know our country has been involved in a war there, but we’d guess only a

  • Editorials | September 25, 2013

    Stifle Cruz, pass spending bill

    “The American people don’t want the government to shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people.” So said House Speaker John Boehner last week after the House, which he leads mostly in name, approved a spending

  • Editorials | September 24, 2013

    Celebrate your freedom to read

    If you’re looking for something to read this week, consider one of the books most often banned or challenged last year. The top 10 includes “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison, “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by

  • Editorials | September 23, 2013

    Hate-filled assaults on civilization

    Terrorist organizations unleashed horrifying violence thousands of miles apart over the weekend, with Taliban suicide-bombers blowing themselves up in a Christian church in Pakistan and al-Shabab terrorists assaulting a mall in Kenya. Al-Shabab said it attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi as a form of

  • Editorials | September 22, 2013

    Local districts can handle negotiations

    We can’t fault members of the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education for their indignation at the notion that they support limits on issues open for discussion during contract negotiations with teachers. In fact we applaud their desire to make their own decisions. The Kansas Association

  • Editorials | September 20, 2013

    Common Core is not a threat

    It’s good to see that Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker has decided to respond to the Kansas Republican State Committee’s resolution last week condemning Common Core education standards in Kansas. It’s also good that she has some tact. She says her response


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