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Opinion - Letters

  • Letters | February 18, 2015

    Brownback’s antics call to mind a blast from the past

    To the Editor: Gov. Sam Brownback’s arrogant political antics remind me of comedian Pat Paulsen’s politi-cal slogan while running for president in the 1970s: “I’ve upped my standards. Now, up yours!”

  • Letters | February 17, 2015

    Is Obama even serious about confronting Islamic terror?

    To the Editor: The recent days of speeches, comments and actions from President Barack Obama and his administration regarding ISIL will go down in history as the most arrogant, delusional and incoherent period of Executive Branch communication in modern history As the civilized world recoiled

  • Letters | February 16, 2015

    Support Crisis Center, not ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    To the Editor: If you find the prospect of spending money to watch a movie about intimate partner violence as abhorrent as I do, perhaps you’d like to find an alternative activity. In addition to foregoing “Fifty Shades of Grey,” perhaps you could donate

  • Letters | February 16, 2015

    Brownback discriminates against those he disdains

    To the Editor: The argument by Gov. Sam Brownback and defended by Ken Krumm in the Feb. 13 Mercury that the rescinded executive order created “special rights” is clearly disingenuous. The executive order had pro-tected all state employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender

  • Letters | February 16, 2015

    Armbrust’s role essential to listening session’s success

    To the Editor: Hats off to all the participants in the recent Fort Riley listening session at the Junction City Convention Center! Though many people were involved in this important project, special recognition goes to John Armbrust, executive director of the Governor’s Military Council.

  • Letters | February 14, 2015

    Don’t let simple slogans set conditions for our lives

    To the Editor: As you listen to news of extremist groups inspiring violence with slogans like “Kill Western infidels,” how do you react? The defensive outrage I instantly feel and the brutality we’re witnessing where this is broadcast make me stop and ask: How

  • 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


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