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  • Editorials | October 18, 2013

    Festival time in Riley

    As a story in Thursday’s Mercury made clear, there’s plenty to do this weekend. In fact there’s more to do than the story indicated. We’re thinking of the Riley Fall Festival, which starts early and ends late Saturday in downtown Riley

  • Editorials | October 16, 2013

    Will House overrule tea party?

    Well, the deadline is here. On October 17 — tomorrow — our government will not have the authority to borrow money. Its options with federal revenue will include repaying debts and halting domestic spending, including for entitlements such as Social Security, or defaulting on our debts and trying

  • Editorials | October 15, 2013

    Malala’s efforts not diminished

    There’s little doubt Malala Yousafzi, the Pakistani teenager who last year was shot on her school bus for defying the Taliban, was the popular favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Nor is there much question she was more deserving than President Barack Obama

  • Editorials | October 14, 2013

    Roberts’ remarks disappointing

    We hold US Senator Pat Roberts in high regard, but it was disappointing to see him calling for Kathleen Sebelius to step down as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He singled out problems with the federal website for the Affordable Care

  • Editorials | October 14, 2013

    A hollow gesture

    We’d like to tip our hat to the 250 or so US representatives and senators of both political parties who as of last weekend had passed on their salaries during the shutdown… but we can’t. It was an empty gesture, whether motivated by guilt

  • Editorials | October 13, 2013

    Such blather is unbecoming

    You’re probably aware that the government last week stopped paying death benefits to families whose loved ones died in military service. You might also be aware that a flood of outrage prompted the restoration of those payments. We’re certainly pleased to see those

  • Editorials | October 11, 2013

    Little has changed in Venezuela

    Back when Hugo Chavez was running Venezuela, Americans became accustomed to sundry denunciations and to taking the fall for whatever ailed that workers’ paradise. And a lot did. It was a bit surprising that President Obama hasn’t been blamed for the cancer that claimed

  • Editorials | October 10, 2013

    State policy ignores harsh reality

    We sure do wish the Brownback administration would stop turning down federal money that can improve the lot of our state’s citizens. The prime example, of course is the $31.5 million in federal money to lay the groundwork for health care exchanges called for in

  • Editorials | October 09, 2013

    Minority rules in U.S. House

    It almost seems ages ago, but it was just Monday that President Barack Obama challenged House Speaker John Boehner to call a House vote on ending the shutdown Rep. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, would have none of it. Instead, he reiterated demands that the president

  • Editorials | October 08, 2013

    Be careful, sensible in the kitchen

    Given that two out of every five home fires begin in kitchens, preventing kitchen fires is a valid focal point for this year’s Fire Prevention Week. There are plenty of other causes for residential fires, of course, including wiring, creosote buildup in chimneys, careless


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