• Many contributed to success of 2016 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 this year. The Riley County Fair is always a good community gathering and .

  • Rodriguez will be a voice for victims of high taxes

    To the Editor: I endorse Marvin Rodriguez for Riley County commissioner. I have known Marvin for several decades and greatly appreciate the contributions he has made to our community, and particularly his leadership training for young people. We can depend .

  • Celebrate with Padgetts by donating a Christmas toy

    To the Editor In the Mercury on Sunday, July 24, there was a notice of a 25th wedding anniversary celebration for Bill and Judy Padgett. Judy is the director of Toys for Manhattan, which distributes toys at Christmas to make sure .

  • Racial bias evident in marijuana arrests

    To the Editor: In his July 21 letter to the Mercury, Isaac Madison offers evidence that Riley County Police Department officers arrest black people for marijuana possession at rates much higher than those of white people. He notes that in 2010 this .

  • Marshall knows value of forging consensus

    To the Editor: Choosing effective leaders is important. In Kansas’ 1st Congressional District race, Dr. Roger Marshall is the choice of virtually all of the major agriculture organizations because we believe it’s time for a different approach. Roger is .

  • Marshall realizes ‘lone wolf’ legislating is ineffective

    To the Editor: Kansas Farm Bureau supports the political endorsement Kansas Farm Bureau’s VOTE FBF (Voters Organized to Elect Farm Bureau Friends) decision to endorse challenger Dr. Roger Marshall over incumbent Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the 1st Congressional District .

  • Rodriguez will make sure to put county residents first

    To the Editor: Riley County Commissioner Bob Boyd proposes to sell your taxpayer-owned Riley County office building and then use your tax dollars to lease it back as an expense going forward. How does the commissioner explain who really benefits. .

  • We often know little about those we’re around daily

    To the Editor: Years ago I ran a black radio station in Omaha, Neb.  For two years I was the operations manager and a disc jockey.  When I left to come to Kansas State University, I was often .

  • Keep lawns green, healthy while minimizing water use

    To the Editor: Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association (IA) initiative designed to increase awareness of efficient outdoor water use practices. At the root of this initiative is education about water-saving products, practices and services. The Irrigation Association (www..

  • Socialism is easy to fault but we’re dependent on it

    To the Editor: Socialism! When Bernie Sanders announced his run for president, the media never mentioned his name without adding that he’s a socialist. I’m thinking that if we want a good firsthand look at socialism, just pop .

  • Protect America’s good cops and throw out the bad ones

    To the Editor: Murderous people in the cover of blue uniforms go unpunished and those who feel oppressed rise up in fury. In no way do I condone this violence, but I can understand it. Police abuse of power is .

  • Local blacks must endure undue scrutiny from RCPD

    To the Editor: In 2010, the Coalition for Equal Justice began a study on Riley County Police Department rates of marijuana arrests by race. Among its findings were that in 2010, blacks were 2.8 times more likely to be arrested by the RCPD .


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