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  • Governor, Legislature show disloyalty to Kansas citizens

    To the Editor: I’m prompted to make a public comment in response to Glen Nelson’s Feb. 14 letter, in which he questioned the fairness of the governor and Legislature in changing the 2015 tax code by prohibiting itemization of unreimbursed .

  • Legislature must restore medical expense deduction

    To the Editor: How can the Kansas governor and Legislature justify a change in the Kansas tax code that deletes medical expense from itemized deductions? This change results in a citizen with income that is completely used for medical care .

  • Bioresearch labs also can be of great benefit to people

    To the Editor: Biological research certainly has the potential to produce things that can be, and have been, used harmfully.  However, biological research has also produced solutions to many harmful things: the polio epidemic, rabies infection, new treatments for .

  • Community efforts made for a super Souper Bowl

    To the Editor: Since 1995, the Manhattan community has been supporting the Souper Bowl Food and Fund Drive over the Super Bowl weekend to benefit the Flint Hills Breadbasket’s programs. The 2016 drive would not have been possible without the countless .

  • McCulloh’s rental housing assessment isn’t fact-based

    To the Editor: I take issue with several of Mayor Karen McCulloh’s pronouncements during Tuesday’s discussion about inspection programs. No. 1 is her claim that there is a pressing need to find “unsafe places” by inspecting all rentals. This .

  • Genealogical searches shine light on ancestors, history

    To the Editor: I really enjoyed the Feb. 3 Mercury article on the “found note” at KSU Memorial Stadium! As a genealogist and volunteer at the Riley County Genealogical Society, I could not resist searching for the workers. On, .

  • Biological research labs hold great capacity for harm

    To the Editor: Much has been said about “fear-mongering” as a campaign strategy to help candidates gain votes. As we understand it, this has been an effective tool in our past elections as well. It might be fun to apply .

  • Right-wing extremists are wrecking this state

    To the Editor: Is it just me, or is this state giving you the “willies” as well? I’ve lived in Kansas for more than three-quarters of a century except for three years in the military service.  All of .

  • Complaining isn’t a good way to get things done

    To the Editor: We often read reports of fatal auto crashes where traffic signs were present but had not been heeded by a driver. I have always had a special feeling for the 30-inch “Stop” signs, knowing their dramatic effectiveness. .

  • Thanks for bringing positive attention to area towns

    To the Editor: It was with special interest that I read Lea Skene’s report on Beattie in “About Town — Keep on Trucking,”  on the front page of the Manhattan Mercury on Friday, Jan. 29. Although the local gas station .

  • Commission should protect LGBTQ citizens’ civil rights

    To the Editor: Five years ago, the Manhattan City Commission voted to amend our city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include basic civil right protections for the classes of sexual orientation and gender identity. This was by far one of the .

  • Rural communities will suffer most from fiscal crisis

    To the Editor I have been very concerned about the fiscal experiment going on in Kansas. This recent headline caught my attention: “State fiscal crisis will hit rural Kansas hardest.” The budget crisis can be traced back to tax cuts .


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