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  • Letters | April 09, 2016

    Countless volunteers share time and talents with others

    Countless volunteers share time and talents with others To the Editor: “Celebrate Service” is again the theme for National Volun-teer Week, April 10-16. We set aside this observation period to honor people of service in our community. There’s a duality of purpose to Volunteer

  • Letters | April 09, 2016

    Commission consensus on LGBT rights appreciated

    To the Editor: The Flint Hills Human Rights Project would like to thank the Manhattan City Commission for expressing unanimous support Tuesday evening to amend our city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity. This was a clear affirmation that the leaders

  • Letters | April 09, 2016

    Let’s get beyond biases and see people’s qualities

    To the Editor: During daily interpersonal interactions, I assume that perceptions are not first based upon sexuality. I trust that we first perceive each other based on other outward signs, such as countenance (engaging or not) and demeanor (positive or not). My sexuality happens to

  • Letters | April 08, 2016

    Do USD 378 voters know enough for wise decisions?

    To the Editor: The Riley County notice of an election for USD 378 (Riley County) voters concerns a bond question. What the notice does not say in that the proposed question is whether voters will pass a new school bond of $22,500.000 for undisclosed use. What is

  • Letters | April 08, 2016

    When Ogallala Aquifer goes dry, we’ll all suffer

    To the Editor: With more than a dozen previous water studies sitting on the shelf gathering dust, do we need another study to tell us what anyone with common sense already knows? We’re pumping the Ogallala Aquifer dry! The pumping rate far exceeds recharge!

  • Letters | April 08, 2016

    Via Christi volunteers provide valuable services

    To the Editor As National Volunteer Appreciation Week approaches (April 10-16), I am proud to live in a community where service is near and dear to our hearts. Not only do I have pride in my community, I also have the honor and privilege of

  • Letters | April 07, 2016

    Story on commissioner was ‘tabloid journalism’

    To the Editor: Really, Manhattan Mercury? After a long and momentous City Commission meeting in which multiple citizens addressed the commission and about which multiple apropos stories could have been told, you devote the top story on the front page to tabloid journalism insinuating (not

  • Letters | April 07, 2016

    Every city should protect rights of LGBT individuals

    To the Editor: I really respect the Riley County Commission chair’s openness in giving his statement about his personal struggles regarding sexuality, which was written about in Wednesday’s Mercury. I am pressed to respect any one speaking with that openness on such a

  • Letters | April 06, 2016

    Rental inspection program will drive up tenants’ costs

    To the Editor: I am writing in regard to the recent decision by the Manhattan City Commission to create a rental unit registration and exterior inspection program. A similar program was implemented and repealed just five years ago. I am unsure why the city would

  • Letters | April 06, 2016

    Many questions remain about USD 378 bond issue

    To the Editor: I have attended all 10 of the regularly scheduled 7 p.m. school board meetings as well as nearly all of the 18 special board meetings scheduled at 5:30 p.m., including ones in which the board retreated to executive session for the whole time. In


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