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  • U.S. Constitution is a global icon of freedom

    To the Editor: Sept. 17 begins the national celebration of the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The United States functions as a republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use. It .

  • Schulz, Currie owe Tracz and KSU band an apology

    To the Editor: The recent “appearance” of mismanagement of the KSU band issue is troubling, and further clarification would be desirable. KSU President Kirk Schulz and Athletics Director John Currie initially reported that they reacted to social media by apologizing .

  • Citizens’ priorities matter; so do costs

    We’re not experts, but we’ll bet that Manhattan residents who respond to an upcoming city survey give low marks to the quality of our streets but high marks to snow removal from them. The city this fall is .

  • KSU administrators should have stood up for Tracz

    To the Editor: Administrators at K-State seem to lack a sense of humor. I had four KU graduates at my house over the weekend; they all went to the game and were delighted to see the KU Jayhawk depicted on .

  • Bowing to Internet frenzy was beneath KSU officials

    To the Editor: The KSU president and the athletics director should be ashamed of themselves for immediately throwing the band director under the bus. Dr. Frank Tracz and the KSU band members did absolutely nothing wrong. To bow to the .

  • KSU band controversy was a tempest in a teapot

    To the Editor: I cannot by the wildest stretch of imagination see anything phallic in the formation undertaken by the KSU Marching Band at halftime of the first home game. Frankly, I can’t see the Starship Enterprise either. I .

  • Kiwanis grateful for support of club’s recent ‘Peanut Day’

    To the Editor: The 2015 Manhattan Kiwanis Club Peanut day was a success. Thank you to the following contributors: Kansas State Bank, Myers Insurance Agency, Steve’s Floral, Kistner’s Flowers, Briggs Auto Group, Stewart Advisory Services, UMB Bank and Yor-gensen-Meloan-Londeen .

  • Gens. Andy and Dick Seitz make a tough act to follow

    To the Editor: I read the letter to the editor about Gen. Seitz in the Aug. 11 Manhattan Mercury. Most readers will have assumed that the letter was about Gen. Dick Seitz, who passed away in June 2014. Actually, the letter was .

  • ‘Bandgate’ was a contrived controversy from the outset

    To the Editor: Just for what it might be worth, the whole issue of the KSU Band’s on-field display ranks right up there with the “deflate -gate” controversy in the NFL. I call it “bandgate.” Whoever the Big 12 Confer-ence .

  • Does Big 12 understand its sportsmanship code?

    To the Editor: Let me see whether I have the Big 12 Conference’s new sports-manship code straight. The KSU band is being sanctioned for a violation of the code “related to… the depiction of a mascot from a team other .

  • Tracz a man of integrity who deserves far better

    To the Editor: In one of the best movies ever made, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” there is a line that essentially says, “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.”  I don’t know Frank Tracz personally, .

  • Reaching out to troubled people can save their lives

    To the Editor: Sept. 7-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week, and Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.  It is estimated that worldwide, more than 800,000 people die of suicide each year. In the United States in 2013, 41,149 people (13 per 100,000) died of .


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