Wednesday, July 27, 2016



Opinion - Letters

  • Letters | July 21, 2015

    Organization takes new approach to ending poverty

    To the Editor: The level of poverty in Riley County is shocking. According to The State of the Family study performed by KSU and the Department for Children and Families, 17.7 percent of children in Manhattan live in poverty. That’s one in six children living

  • Letters | July 21, 2015

    Americans have options to costly poultry products

    To the Editor: The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered in the

  • Letters | July 20, 2015

    City should add gender identity to protected classes

    To the Editor: I was very pleased to see that the Manhattan City Commission has made sexual orientation a protected class in the city hiring policies, but very disappointed that gender identity was not included in the policy. Transgender individuals face many challenges, including a

  • Letters | July 20, 2015

    Sorry state of city streets takes toll on drivers, vehicles

    To the Editor: One of the many joys of my life is to ride my Honda motorcycle trike as many days as possible. Hot or cold, I pretty much ride 365 days a year unless there is rain, snow or ice in the forecast. As a

  • Letters | July 17, 2015

    Ethics code, transparency deserve greater respect

    To the Editor: The Mercury’s article Thursday about the City Commission taking action on items not formally published on its agenda skirted issues of ethics and transparency. It’s noteworthy that the city manager and mayor avoided mentioning the city code of ethics in

  • Letters | July 17, 2015

    Westar is overreacting to private solar efforts

    To the Editor: Westar Energy is attempting to punish you if you decide to install a solar panel for part of your electric usage. The company is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission, the board that regulates utility companies, to place a crushing rate on anyone

  • Letters | July 16, 2015

    Don’t hate the Trumpster; he’s right on a lot of issues

    To the Editor: It is widespread practice in the very top echelons of the Republican Party to accuse Donald Trump of “killing the Republican Party.” The Republicans I talk to generally, as well as increasing numbers of Democrats, see Mr. Trump as expressing their personal

  • Letters | July 15, 2015

    Don’t use my tax dollars to sustain discrimination

    To the Editor: I am an old person, so I remember discrimination against Catholics. My husband almost didn’t get his first coaching/teaching job because he was Catholic. We got through that to begin focusing on Jewish people. In the 1970s, we managed a

  • Letters | July 14, 2015

    Further discussion needed on proposed roundabout

    To the Editor: I appreciate the fine job the Mercury and its staff do in bringing the news to the citizens of Manhattan. I would like to comment on the July 12 editorial about the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Anderson and Kimball

  • Letters | July 13, 2015

    Development worsens central Manhattan flooding

    To the Editor: People may have noticed that the area between the KSU campus and Aggieville and Tuttle Creek Boulevard has been flooding more often of late. On Thursday, July 2, for example, when we received a half-inch of rain in approximately 30 min-utes, Juliette Avenue was


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