Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | May 03, 2015

    USD 378 board must set priorities

    On 7 April, the voters of USD 378 chose the entire “Falcons Forward” slate to become the four new board members. We congratulate them and wish them great success in meeting the challenges facing the school district. The electorate expressed overwhelming concern about the dysfunctional performance of

  • Columns | May 02, 2015

    With Iran, Obama ignores his great weakness

    President Barack Obama’s position on the proposed nuclear deal with Iran is clear, even to those of us who are not nuclear engineers.  He believes he has found a way to keep the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons.  In a perfect world,

  • Columns | May 01, 2015

    Kansas has lost its balance

    The selling point for hefty Kansas tax cuts was irresistibly seductive: Kansas could lower income tax rates, exempt business profits from the income tax entirely, and state revenue would still remain the same, or maybe even grow, and the state economy would prosper. But this

  • Columns | April 29, 2015

    Join battle against Parkinson’s

    As National Parkinson’s Awareness Month comes to an end, I would like to share information about the disease. An estimated 4 million to 6 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease, including about 1 million Americans. However, the disease likely affects others who are not accurately

  • Columns | April 27, 2015

    Uncertainty hampers planning

    In its April 17 editorial, The Mercury criticized the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education for hesitating to end the school year early. The editors also questioned not only the board’s sincerity in dealing with budget cuts but also the actual need for cuts. If our math

  • Columns | April 26, 2015

    Therapy is cheaper than alcohol

    The marquee of Rickel’s Liquor Store in Aggieville currently advertises that “Alcohol is Cheaper Than Going to Therapy.” As a licensed psychologist, I’d like to disagree.  It is true that a single serving of alcohol is cheaper than an hour of therapy. (

  • Columns | April 26, 2015

    Putin increasingly perturbed by U.S., West

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing the West that in spite of his inferiority in many military spheres, he is still capable — and some fear willing — to use force. He appears to be prepared to raise the stakes in dealing with the West in general

  • Columns | April 24, 2015

    Climate change will cost Kansas

    The effects of climate change are a far greater problem than the state’s self-made fiscal crisis. That’s a temporary problem to be resolved by voters. No election is likely to have a positive, immediate effect on climate change. In early April, Washburn University

  • Columns | April 22, 2015

    Domestic violence is heinous

    The Kansas Coalition against Sexual & Domestic Violence found that in one day, 727 victims of domestic violence requested services. Sadly, almost 300 requests were not met because of various issues, such as lack of funding or lack of employees. It is estimated that at least 3 million

  • Columns | April 19, 2015

    Universities need stable funding

    As the Kansas Legislature returns to wrap up the budget for the next two fiscal years a cloud of uncertainty hangs over our state universities. Despite agreements with the Kansas Board of Regents and the governor’s office to support a flat budget for the

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