Thursday, February 11, 2016



Opinion - Letters

  • Letters | February 10, 2016

    Genealogical searches shine light on ancestors, history

    To the Editor: I really enjoyed the Feb. 3 Mercury article on the “found note” at KSU Memorial Stadium! As a genealogist and volunteer at the Riley County Genealogical Society, I could not resist searching for the workers. On Ancestry.com, the 1930 U.S. Census showed

  • Letters | February 09, 2016

    Biological research labs hold great capacity for harm

    To the Editor: Much has been said about “fear-mongering” as a campaign strategy to help candidates gain votes. As we understand it, this has been an effective tool in our past elections as well. It might be fun to apply this technique in another debate.

  • Letters | February 08, 2016

    Right-wing extremists are wrecking this state

    To the Editor: Is it just me, or is this state giving you the “willies” as well? I’ve lived in Kansas for more than three-quarters of a century except for three years in the military service.  All of four of our kids are

  • Letters | February 04, 2016

    Complaining isn’t a good way to get things done

    To the Editor: We often read reports of fatal auto crashes where traffic signs were present but had not been heeded by a driver. I have always had a special feeling for the 30-inch “Stop” signs, knowing their dramatic effectiveness. It was in the early 1950

  • Letters | February 02, 2016

    Thanks for bringing positive attention to area towns

    To the Editor: It was with special interest that I read Lea Skene’s report on Beattie in “About Town — Keep on Trucking,”  on the front page of the Manhattan Mercury on Friday, Jan. 29. Although the local gas station pictured with Skene’s article

  • Letters | February 01, 2016

    Commission should protect LGBTQ citizens’ civil rights

    To the Editor: Five years ago, the Manhattan City Commission voted to amend our city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include basic civil right protections for the classes of sexual orientation and gender identity. This was by far one of the most clear-cut votes we made

  • Letters | February 01, 2016

    Rural communities will suffer most from fiscal crisis

    To the Editor I have been very concerned about the fiscal experiment going on in Kansas. This recent headline caught my attention: “State fiscal crisis will hit rural Kansas hardest.” The budget crisis can be traced back to tax cuts passed in 2012. One of the

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Chamber wrong to hold retreat in another city

    To the Editor: Why in the world is the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce holding its retreat in Overland Park rather than here? Manhattan taxpayers have funded a sweetheart Conventions & Visitors Bureau contract with the Chamber of Commerce for a million dollars annually —$1,000,000! And then

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Finishing touches going into bridge pier ‘Welcome’ sign

    To the Editor: I’m sure many of our east bridge pier donors are wondering about the progress of finishing the “WELCOME TO MANHATTAN” sign to go on the art deco pier as one enters Manhattan on K-177. I’m happy to report that the

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Library and Sirloin Stockade are well worth visiting

    To the Editor: As careful as I am about respecting and keeping secrets, there are two that should be divulged in the best interests of Manhattanites. First, from time to time I enjoy a great buffet meal at the Sirloin Stockade restaurant. The broad selections


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