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Opinion - Letters

  • Letters | February 14, 2015

    Funding cuts take harsh toll on programs in USD 383

    To the Editor: As a retired teacher with more than three decades of experience in public schools, I was distressed to read in Wednesday’s Mercury about possible cuts to special education programs for next year in USD 383. These cuts could be as high as $1

  • Letters | February 14, 2015

    Brownback’s order sends clear, important message

    To the Editor: This is about Gov. Sam Brown-back’s order rescinding a previous governor’s order barring discrimination against homosexuals in state government. Any society concerned about self-preservation and its own well-being will discourage immoral behaviors because immoral behaviors are by their nature detrimental

  • Letters | February 13, 2015

    Brownback right to rescind ‘special’ LGBT protections

    To the Editor: This is in response to the Mercury’s editorial Thursday,  “Yet another step backwards.” Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded an executive order signed by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that had unilaterally established additional “protected class rights” for state employees, specifically for sexual

  • Letters | February 12, 2015

    In the absence of morality, there can be no just laws

    To the Editor In the Feb. 10 edition of the Mercury, I read a letter from Turley Hayes that did a great job of synthesizing what is wrong with our great country today. In a nutshell, the letter states that we must “keep morality out of

  • Letters | February 12, 2015

    Message to Pentagon team was ‘exactly on the mark’

    To the Editor: The Fort Riley listening session on Feb. 9 at the Geary County Convention Center was an overwhelming success. The team that worked to put the event together did an outstanding job, and the com-munity response was beyond all expectations.  There were more

  • Letters | February 11, 2015

    Do lawmakers really think cutting education funding is good for Kansas?

    To the Editor: I have been watching the current efforts concerning education in the Kansas Legislature with a certain amount of incredulity. First of all, I do not understand where this distrust and dislike for teachers — all teachers — came from. And second, do state legislators

  • Letters | February 11, 2015

    ‘Sin’ taxes won’t generate much revenue

    To the Editor: Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax-generating proposals, specifically to increase tobacco and liquor taxes, give rise to a question about how logical this strategy is. Advocates for healthier lifestyles believe that these taxes will reduce use. Gov. Brownback and supporting legislators obviously think

  • Letters | February 10, 2015

    Problems in state offices reflect inadequate funding

    To the Editor: Four years ago my elderly parents moved to Manhattan from another state. Since they were no longer driving, they needed an ID card issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Remembering long waits where I used to live in Johnson County,

  • Letters | February 10, 2015

    Kansas should stop legislating morality

    To the Editor: The story on page 3 in Monday’s Mercury has left me scratching my head. Our governor and Legislature continually expound on the evils of the federal government’s interference in our lives. Now they, themselves are trying to micro-manage our lives by

  • Letters | February 07, 2015

    Skilled volunteers can help fill void caused by IRS cuts

    To the Editor: This letter is in response to your Jan. 28 editorial concerning the severe IRS budget cutbacks that have led to reduced and inadequate assistance to taxpayers. This year, not only will most taxpayers not be able to get their questions answered by phone,


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