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Q: Good afternoon Ned. I’m just curious about the upcoming elections and the coverage that the Mercury provides. It seems to lean pretty far left, and then when it’s pointed out, and only when it’s pointed out, corrections are made, or apologies are handed out. I’m wondering if we are going …

It’s the nature of news that we mostly report “bad” things. So we were glad last week to be able to share something positive — or at least, a positive outcome that followed a terrible tragedy.

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The Mercury already published my open letter to Jerome Tang, back when he was first hired. I told him, as you probably read, about the community he’s joining — the community of K-Staters around the world, the community of Manhattan, the state of Kansas, and how it all fits together.

Manhattan has long been well-served by citizens willing to dedicate their time and talents as city commissioners. That’s certain to be true after this election, as there’s a solid group of candidates.

The boys’ track team at Manhattan High won the 6A team championship Thursday, a remarkable accomplishment. It was the team’s second in three seasons — last year’s spring sports season was eliminated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Myers’ tenure as president of Kansas State University wasn’t long, by the standards of that job. But it was certainly eventful, and we in Manhattan are fortunate that he was able to steer the university through those events toward a brighter future.

Renaming 17th Street to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., is entirely appropriate, maybe more so now than ever. We applaud Manhattan city commissioners, who voted unanimously this week to do so. And we encourage citizens to reflect on the meaning of it.

The practical question before the U.S. Congress is likely to come down to whether to convict Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors, after he’s already out of office. The answer to that is, most emphatically, yes.

Back when I went to school, this was always the hardest part of the year: The long slog between Christmas break and spring break. In 2021, that’s going to be true for the rest of us, too. Back to that in a minute.

News that the Optimist Club’s tree lot had almost completely run out of trees at the beginning of the week was surprising, but perhaps it shouldn’t have been.

The Riley County Health Department this week decided to dial back the amount of information the public will receive about local COVID-19 outbreaks. They say it’s better for us that way. Because we all know that less knowledge, is better than more, right?

It might have avoided your notice, but there was a revealing flap this past week about an appointment to a local government board. It veered into matters of race and gender, although that all struck us as nonsense. Back to that in a minute.