Wednesday, July 1, 2015



Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | June 28, 2015

    Catholic Church in Ireland adapts to new reality

    On May 23, Ireland became the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote when the Irish supported a constitutional amendment to allow same-sex couples to marry.  This was a shock to many people in and out of Ireland.  After all, Ireland has

  • Columns | June 21, 2015

    Problem of Greece’s debt won’t go away soon

    Greece is a marvelous country of ancient ruins, good food and friendly people. To the politicians who run Europe, Greece is much more: It is an acute, chronic pain that seems beyond relief. Matters seem to be coming to a head and must be resolved

  • Columns | June 19, 2015

    Fasting is just part of Ramadan

    More than 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide believe that Ramadan, which began Thursday, is a holy month in the Islamic “Hijri” calendar. The Hijri months move according to the crescent of the moon. Hijri months move around the seasons of the year, and Ramadan gradually moves from

  • Columns | June 14, 2015

    Ireland the site of some good international news

    Given the conflict in so many parts of the world, it is worth noting that two countries recently acted in an usual and positive fashion. They showed they are moving toward solving a centuries-old and most vexing problem.  I refer to Prince Charles’ recent

  • Columns | June 06, 2015

    How much of a threat is China’s growing navy?

    There has been so much focus on ISIS, Vladimir Putin and Russia that they might seem to be Washington’s only major foreign policy concerns.  Oh, we’re concerned about North Korea, Iran and a plethora of other countries, but they do not rise

  • Columns | May 31, 2015

    Press spokesperson at State has most difficult job

    Students have often asked me what the most difficult job in the State Department’s Foreign Service is. That is a difficult question because jobs are different, but I believe the department’s press spokesperson has the toughest job. Most State Department jobs involve long

  • Columns | May 28, 2015

    Science is vital to agriculture

    Last Saturday in various cities across our nation and beyond, marches were held in opposition to Monsanto, an agro-chemical corporation known for benefiting the farming industry in many ways. It is being erroneously blamed for just about every negative environ-mental and health issue imaginable. Called

  • Columns | May 23, 2015

    Saudi snub of Obama sends troubling message

    President Barack Obama has insisted for some time that the only opposition to his negotiations with Iran over the latter’s pursuit of nuclear weapons comes from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “hardline” congressional Republicans. Recent events, however, indicate otherwise. In the diplomatic world,

  • Columns | May 22, 2015

    Hope for Kansas in Paraguay?

    Kansas is coming apart at the seams. The Legislature cannot figure out how to plug a $406 million budget gap, and tax proposal after tax proposal keeps getting voted down. Some school districts ended the school year early when they ran out of cash. The superintendent

  • Columns | May 21, 2015

    EPA approach will hurt Kansans

    As the president of the Southern Christian Leader-ship Conference (SCLC), I frequently travel throughout the United States. And in my journeys, I’m quite often struck by the fact that so many families are struggling to find financial security. I find it troubling that hardworking


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