Letters

  • Such superficial criticism detracts from discourse

    To The Editor: During my tenure as executive editor of The Mercury, there were many times when I wished I could say something to readers who complained about those attention-getting, sporadically interesting and occasionally controversial but hardly synoptic word combinations .

  • Form a team now for Manhattan’s Arthritis Walk

    To the Editor: Making a difference in the fight against arthritis has never been easier or more fun. Gather your friends and family for the 2015 Arthritis Foundation Arthritis Walk and help raise funds and awareness to fight one of the .

  • Mercury should discard 20th century gender roles

    To the Editor: Bryan Richardson’s front-page Sunday article on the female majority on the City Commission was accompanied by a troubling headline. One has to wonder why past male-dominated commissions were not advertised as “CITY DADS.” Perhaps a better .

  • ‘CITY MOMS’ astonishing; they won’t mother anyone

    To the Editor: I was astonished to see the headline “CITY MOMS” when describing the female majority of the City Commission. After the last election I don’t recall a headline “CITY DADS.” I don’t believe the women who .

  • Volunteers make a huge difference in our community

    To the Editor: National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 and is designed to recognize all volunteers and celebrate the spirit of service in a community. The Flint Hills Volunteer Center serves as a clearinghouse for volunteerism and provides a strong .

  • Legislators needn’t worry about encountering the poor

    To the Editor: With the passage of HB 2258, the Kansas Legislature has ramped up its war on poverty — or at least on the poor, in particular those who are the beneficiaries of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Some .

  • Engineer’s design for sign on bridge pier approved

    To the Editor: The City of Manhattan has accepted the engineer’s design required by the Kansas Department of Transportation for the K-177 east bridge pier project. The city has prepared a letter that will also be signed by Riley .

  • Plane crash can increase understanding of depression

    To the Editor: With the tragic copilot-caused crash of the plane in the Alps that killed 150 people, the inquiry into what may have induced him to do something so drastic led to the discovery of anti-depressants in his home. Sadly, .

  • City policy contributed to worker’s death in trench

    To the Editor: The death of Mr. Wiske should never have happened. I was confused on the initial reporting of the accident that Mr. Wiske was buried up to his waist and later passed away. Only last week did I .

  • Don’t be confused about Manhattan firefighters’ pay

    To the Editor: This letter is to try and answer any questions or confusion that the public has when reading the published wage numbers in the Manhattan Mercury and Free Press. First, several members had leave payment added to their .

  • Personal attacks only drive a wedge into a community

    To the Editor: A recent letter criticized the Manhattan mayor for appointing “mean-spirited” “extremists” to the Social Services Board and directly accused me of being one of those “mean-spirited” “extremist” appointments. I have never visited with the author of that .

  • Candidate’s absence from forum is pertinent

    To the Editor: The patrons of USD 378 have the right to know what a candidate for school board believes. A sitting member candidate not showing up for a forum should speak volumes to voters..


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