Friday, July 1, 2016



Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | June 28, 2016

    Be wary of OTC hearing aids

    We are writing in response to the recent op-ed column, “Make hearing aids affordable.” That article makes some excellent points regarding the number of Americans who have hearing loss and the fact that Medicare and many insurance plans do not provide coverage for hearing aids.

  • Columns | June 25, 2016

    Polish worries about Russian Army linger

    Years ago when I spent two years at the American Embassy in Warsaw, I was reminded how much the Poles loathe both the Germans and the Russians. Many Poles had lived through World War II — the German invasion and brutal occupation of their country. That

  • Columns | June 19, 2016

    China remains the major problem for America

    Of all the foreign policy issues the next U.S. president must face, few are more dangerous than our relationship with China. Beijing calculated several years ago that the Obama administration’s protests were more talk than action, and so far that has been true.&

  • Columns | June 17, 2016

    We’re losing our democracy

    I fervently hope I am wrong, but I fear the Mercury missed the point with its latest Trump editorial. Racist and xenophobic statements should be challenged, of course, but I’m afraid that the more important story is that the tipping point of our democracy

  • Columns | June 11, 2016

    German-Turkish spat over Armenians volatile

    Many years ago, when as an undergraduate I studied the history of the Turkish part of the world, I thought, “How quaint, but who cares?” Then a week or so ago I was shocked to pick up the paper to discover that this “quaint” part

  • Columns | June 10, 2016

    Food labels and states’ rights

    Once upon a time, conservatives were quick to denounce federal power grabs at the expense of the states.  Bob Dole even said he carried a copy of the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment in his pocket — that being the amendment protecting the states’

  • Columns | June 06, 2016

    Target’s restroom policy proper

    As a board member of the Flint Hills Human Rights Project, I would like to express the board’s support of Target and its recent announcement reaffirming its longstanding trans-gender-friendly restroom and changing room policy. Equally encouraging was the CEO’s confirmation of the company’

  • Columns | June 05, 2016

    Austria escapes a close call from right wing

    For most people, thoughts of Austria evoke images of Vienna with its Opera House or of picturesque Alpine villages.  Austrian politics seldom draw international attention, but Austria’s recent presidential election is worth a look.  Austria has a two-part election procedure. In the

  • Columns | June 02, 2016

    If schools were to shut down…

    With Friday’s Kansas Supreme Court decision regarding school funding, I am inclined to outline the potential impacts on Mill Creek Schools. The Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Kan-sas Legislature’s plan to address the equity or “fairness” of what poor and

  • Columns | May 28, 2016

    North Korea yells, but nobody is listening

    For folks not paying attention, North Korea recently held the Seventh Party Congress of the ruling Workers’ Party, the first such gathering in 36 years. North Korea, which in recent years has been testing nuclear weapons and platforms from which to launch intercontinental missiles, tried to


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