Thursday, July 28, 2016

Opinion - Letters

  • Letters | August 07, 2015

    Is it time yet to worry about foot-and-mouth disease?

    To the Editor: In 2001, Britain experienced a foot-and-mouth disease epidemic that devastated its livestock industry. The outbreak was only brought under control when the government slaughtered six million sheep, cattle and pigs, almost crippling the economy. Concerned about these incidents,  the U.S. government

  • Letters | August 06, 2015

    ABLE Act a potent new asset for persons with disabilities

    To the Editor: While 16-year-old Rachel Mast dreams of a pink house, her mother, Jawanda, dreams of a savings account for Rachel that will enable her to make that house a reality. Starting next year, that dream of a tax-free savings account for people with

  • Letters | August 05, 2015

    President Obama is right to pursue prison reform

    President Obama is right to pursue prison reform To the Editor: Isn’t it strange that now that the Republicans are in control of the U.S. House and Senate, bills are passed easily and without a lot of controversy? There’s no talk about

  • Letters | August 04, 2015

    Water matters in more ways than we sometimes realize

    To the Editor: What is Water Matters Day, and why is water so important? Water Matters Day is the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club’s signature event. Through Water Matters Day, Manhattan Konza Rotary raises funds each year to support local and international water projects while

  • Letters | August 03, 2015

    Infant-toddler services a community asset

    To the Editor: I have appreciated the Mercury’s recent attention to services for children with special needs. It is important that families are aware of what is available to them so they can make informed choices that support their priorities and concerns around the

  • Letters | August 03, 2015

    Question of NBAF release is when, not if

    To the Editor: Could someone please remind me why we are supposed to be happy that NBAF will study even more deadly diseases? When the lab operates on Plum Island, the releases from accidents (or intentional mistakes) blow out to sea. When, not if, something

  • Letters | July 31, 2015

    Many contributed to success of 2015 Riley County Fair

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Riley County Extension staff, thanks to all who helped make the Riley County Fair and Kaw Valley Rodeo a success in 2015. The Riley County Fair is always a good community gathering, and this year’s fair was great.

  • Letters | July 30, 2015

    Learn about community services at Everybody Counts

    To the Editor: Everybody Counts is hosting its fourth community celebration on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 900 block of Yuma Street. Nearly 40 community social service agencies and community-based organizations will set up booths in the grassy area west of the

  • Letters | July 30, 2015

    Why do so many smart people do dumb things?

    To the Editor: I was born in Council Grove and have lived within 50 miles of Manhattan and its places of higher education for all but three years of my life. I am used to being around smart people. I have just one question for all

  • Letters | July 27, 2015

    Via Christi is committed to care of disabled children

    To the Editor: I want to thank Joel Jellison for his article on pediatric therapy in Manhattan. No Stone Unturned provides a much-needed service in the area for disabled children. I would just like to add that for more than 15 years, Via Christi Therapy Center

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