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Editor’s note: Democrats recently have been pushing for changes to the filibuster, which has brought renewed focus to the Senate’s filibuster rule. The current version of the rule was forged in 1975 under leadership of then Kansas Senator James B. Pearson. In this excerpt from his book manus…

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On Christmas Day, after we had washed the last dish from our annual family dinner, we noticed water rising in the kitchen sink. This is not a good sign. We tried a plunger and that did not help. So, we tried using a snake. That helped a little, but it did not solve the problem. Since it did …

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I don’t know if I have ever seen the topic of police legitimacy remain front page news for as long as it has since May 2020. I’d like to share my perspective as a gauge of what we read and watch about other communities and what I have learned about the Riley County Police Department.

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A murder trial wrapped up here the middle of this week, one in which one guy was convicted of killing another one. Maybe you read the stories we published; maybe you gave up after a sentence or two. They’re often a struggle for me, describing a world I hardly recognize.

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My first planting of blueberries was at the Gardens at Kansas State University in 2000. I planted some at my home in 2006. There are some still producing at both locations some 20 years later. Replacements have occurred at my home.

The Riley County Commission made a valid point. But now commissioners need to backtrack and do the right thing. Commissioners last week refused to pay annual dues to the Flint Hills Regional Council, after the group’s request involved a 50 percent increase over last year’s dues. That request…

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The Christmas decorations are put away and now something needs to fill the void of both space and interest. May I suggest using some natural décor? I actually started using natural materials with the holiday decorations.

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There are no shoulders on Marlatt Avenue, so, when I saw the two cars stopped ahead of me, I had no choice but to slow down, stop, then make my way around what was a high volume confrontation. Apparently, the trailing car honked at the leading car, the driver of the leading car took umbrage …

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Looking back to just a year ago this month, our Ascension Via Christi caregivers and associates began receiving the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine was coined “A shot of hope,” by our system infection control director Dr. Maggie Hagan.

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The garden catalogs are filling up the mail box. On the cover are new varieties to grow for the 2022 garden. Best tasting, earliness, crispness, unique color are some of the attributes to these crops. They all sound like the best vegetables ever.

This is the last print edition of The Mercury in 2021, and I’d like to use it to thank all of you who continue to subscribe in a year of major change in our industry, in this state, and in this very newspaper.

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Getting the perfect gift for a gardener can be a challenge. Giving a scuffle hoe to the spouse might send the wrong message. Making the perfect gift decision is sometimes best left to the receiver. Cash is not the most exciting gift, but it is still of value.

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Wednesday was truly one of the saddest days of my life — mourning the loss of fellow worker and dear friend Joan Friederich. Her passing has pained thousands who knew her and like myself and my family, loved her dearly.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, is making new year’s resolutions this December to last a lifetime. One of those is developing NBAF’s culture.

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All I want for Christmas this year is some moisture. I’m hoping that writing about moisture to Santa will be successful. Even though plants are mostly dormant, adequate soil moisture aids in plant health. A good amount of rain now would be welcome. Snow doesn’t have much moisture generally, …

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The 1992 elections were approaching, and Bob Dole’s re-election to the U.S Senate was in the bag. Dole was the most important Republican in the nation. He’d already run for vice president, president twice, chaired the Senate Finance Committee, served as majority leader. His Democratic oppone…

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Tis the season to be giving. Birds will appreciate getting food and water throughout the winter season. For those of us that like to watch birds, they will give us hours of entertainment. Let’s keep up the giving.

I was not really prepared to start loving the Beatles. I’m more “Let It Bleed” than “Let It Be,” more “Gimme Shelter” than “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” Angie’s the other way around: Reveres John Lennon, and walked out at our wedding to “Here Comes the Sun.”

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As you know, Bob Dole Hall (on the K-State Campus) is named for Senator Dole, and it was my good fortune to serve as the Head of the Kansas Regents Educational Communications Center from its inception in 1987 until my retirement in 2006. During that time, plans were developed for the actual …

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The Kansas Forest Service is offering two pollinator bundles along with their low cost conservation seedlings for the spring planting season. Plants for the eastern Kansas pollinator bundle includes American plum, Chokecherry, Golden currant, False indigo, Elderberry, Buttonbush and Eastern …

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas is quickly approaching. I, like a lot of people, love the holiday season. But for me, there is an even more critical season that has embarked on us … ski season has begun in Colorado.