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  • Off The Beat | February 10, 2013

    A bad fiscal example


    I read a note the other day to the effect that President Obama recently flew out to Las Vegas to deliver an address on immigration reform. The trip took nine hours, and I’m trying to figure out why. The speech on immigration reform isn’

  • Off The Beat | February 03, 2013

    For the love of the game


    I have a confession: even though I bleed purple, I went to KU for a year. Now before all you K-State fans cry foul, I went for academic reasons, not athletics, because if I went to college on that it would have been a no-brainer:

  • Off The Beat | January 27, 2013

    A brewing addiction


    I’m not addicted to coffee, but you could say I have developed a bit of a habit. For me, every morning starts with a cup. And most afternoons. And every other Saturday night when I’m working on the Sunday edition of the paper. (

  • Off The Beat | January 20, 2013

    Lies lead to success


    People constantly lie. A few tell bigger lies than most, which brings me to Lance Armstrong. His story reads like a thrilling novel. Boy meets cycling. Boy meets testicular cancer. Boy beats testicular cancer. Boy beats cycling by taking performance-enhancing drugs. Boy denies taking drugs.

  • Off The Beat | January 13, 2013

    Beauty: It isn’t just skin deep


    What is it about the beginning of the year that inspires people to quit their smoking habit, be happier or lose obnoxious amounts of weight? Is it the freshness of a new year…a new beginning, one that isn’t scarred with our failures? I’

  • Off The Beat | January 06, 2013

    4 sides of Manhattan

    We are approaching the conclusion of the fourth personality of Manhattan. Most towns I know of have only one personality. For better or worse, New York City is always The Big Apple, Vegas is Glitter Gulch, Los Angeles is Tinsel Town and Nashville is Music

  • Off The Beat | December 29, 2012

    Bah humbug!

    Every year I suffer through all the hype surround the big man in a red suit. I am affectionately known by my friends and family as “The Grinch.” While I support the celebration of the birth of Christ, and I love listening to traditional Christmas

  • Off The Beat | December 23, 2012

    Life of a Xmas baby


    Today, dear reader, is my birthday. I’ll be the ripe old age of 24, given that the world doesn’t end on Friday (I’m writing this on Thursday, so you never know). I’ve obviously had this birthday my entire life and it never

  • Off The Beat | December 08, 2012

    Tell me a good one

    My wife Joyce and I will help our first (and only) grandchild celebrate his third birthday.Bryce is the cutest kid in the world, says the funniest things and entertains us ceaselessly. Oh, and did I mention how smart he is? People who know how

  • Off The Beat | December 02, 2012

    All I want for Xmas…

    Brian mug

    Dear You, Are you as excited about this time of the year as I am? In many ways, the anticipation of the Christmas season is similar to the anticipation of Christmas Day. Stores can’t wait to put up Christmas decorations and play Christmas music.

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