Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | November 28, 2015

    U.S. learns pitfalls of leading from behind

    President Barack Obama for several years has stressed the importance of “leading from behind,” a phrase that amounts to a contradiction in terms. I am still not certain if I understand the concept. It would appear to have two fundamental components. First,  it involves

  • Columns | November 21, 2015

    Kurds bring good news in battle against ISIS

    In spite of the horrific events in Paris, there has been good news in the battle against the Islamic State. First, the U.S. Army’s wonderful electronic intelligence found Jihadi John, the British citizen and ISIS terrorist famous for the televised slaughter of American

  • Columns | November 14, 2015

    Does Russia have the rubles for its military?

    I remember years ago sitting in Washington or in the U.S.  Embassy in Moscow trying to discern how big the Soviet military budget was or how much was allocated for this or for that. The answer was always, “We don’t know, but

  • Columns | November 11, 2015

    The warpath against voting rights

    Six years ago, Kris Kobach and I were on strikingly different warpaths. Kobach had just launched his campaign for Kansas Secretary of State. I was earning my combat stripes and Afghan Campaign Medal in the desert valleys of Kandahar. I was fighting the Taliban, an

  • Columns | November 10, 2015

    Bias colors ‘investigatory’ stops

    As supporters of the Manhattan-Riley County Coalition for Equal Justice, we are pleased with the attention the Mercury’s Nov. 1 editorial brought to Charles Epp’s lecture on “Racial Bias in Police Stops.” However, we think the Mercury’s editors misunderstand the important difference Professor

  • Columns | November 07, 2015

    U.S. treads deeper into conflicts in Syria

    The United States took two steps recently that could have a major impact on our position and policy toward Syria.  First, it agreed to put military “boots on the ground,” and second, it participated in a major conference on Syria that for the first

  • Columns | November 03, 2015

    Seaton: Royals saved fantasy camp for generation of loyal fans

    Ned seaton

    Nearly nine years ago, as I walked back to the clubhouse for the last time in my dirt-stained Kansas City Royals uniform, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the generations to come. I was winding up a week at the Royals fantasy camp,

  • Columns | November 02, 2015

    Mercury unfair to hot dogs

    The Manhattan Mercury is nearly as guilty as most of the press in exaggerating information in the recent World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer report on the colon cancer risks from consuming processed red meat. The editorial and the cartoon of

  • Columns | October 31, 2015

    Obama, U.S. Navy rise to China’s challenge

    The Obama administration last week surprised everyone, including the Chinese government, by sending the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen through the Spratly Islands, which are in the South China Sea and are claimed by China. Washington had for some time been threatening to send a

  • Columns | October 30, 2015

    Proudly display the Powercat

    We were pleased to learn that K-State’s vice president of Marketing and Communications, Jeff Morris, responded on Oct.12 to our Oct. 9 letter to the editor. Mr. Morris states that the “university wants to assure the K-State family that our athletic spirit mark known as

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