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Q: How is it that you keep expressing concern about Usha Reddi serving in the Kansas Senate and on the Manhattan City Commission, yet you say nothing about Jeff Underhill serving in the Kansas House and on the Junction City Commission? Is it because Jeff is a Republican, or because he is a m…

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It takes a special kind of person to teach middle school. Kids at that age are a complete mess – wildly socially insecure, overwhelmed by a surge of hormones, unsure of who they even are. And they’re supposed to learn algebra, and the significance of the Spanish Armada, and how to untangle a…

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I was climbing the long concrete stairway beside section 6 at Bramlage Tuesday night, ears ringing, slightly hoarse, reveling. Damn, I thought, I need to call Dad. But I couldn’t, and I can’t, and the notion that I never could again made my eyes sting.

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Somebody asked me the other day what was going to change, now that my dad is gone. They meant it in the professional sense — in other words, how was our business going to change? How is The Mercury going to change?

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Of course I can’t blame Deuce Vaughn, and I of course wish him the best. Like all K-State fans, I feel privileged to have gotten the chance to watch him these last three years. Pure joy, on the field and off.

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My long-awaited visit to see the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, or PIADC, firsthand in November reminded me just how critical their work is to protect our country’s livestock and agricultural economy.

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Christmas is often seen though two contrasting frameworks — a commercialized spending frenzy on the one hand, or the joy, peace and timelessness of the receiving of divine gifts on the other.

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The weekend paper included a piece by Ralph Russo, the Associated Press’s college football writer, previewing the major bowl games. It’s worth contemplating, even if you’re not interested in football.

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Don’t get me wrong: I’m all for bringing big employers here. And there’s really none bigger than Scorpion, the outfit that’s going to run a 500-job pharmaceutical plant on the Pottawatomie County side of Manhattan.

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Congress is considering a bill intended to help local newspapers like the one you’re reading. That’s certainly welcome and important. I have a better idea, but since it’s unlikely to get passed, I’m going to encourage passing this one.

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A few observations after a week away with my in-laws. We traveled together to an all-inclusive resort near Cancun, meaning we spent most of our time lounging beside pools and beaches, guzzling down things with names like Coco Loco, El Diablo and, of course, cerveza.