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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | March 18, 2016

    Coalition to save Medicare Advantage retiree coverage mounts media blitz

    On Feb. 17, a group called the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) announced it was launching a digital advertising campaign to “save Medicare Advantage retiree coverage” and a coast to coast mobilization of its 2 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries who are contacting their elected representatives and urging

  • Columns | March 12, 2016

    March filled with paradoxes

    The weather these days fluctuates and our coat racks remain stocked for whatever extreme we face next. We would like to believe at this point in March that winter is behind us, especially with crocuses and daffodils sprinkling the land-scape. But those of us who

  • Columns | March 12, 2016

    What will U.N., U.S. to do about North Korea?

    One of the most vexing problems U.S. administrations — Democratic and Republican —  have faced for the past 50 years has been what to do with North Korea. Most of them have sought a way to handle that country, and while some have had more success

  • Columns | March 11, 2016

    GOP wants to pack the courts

    In 2012. Gov. Sam Brownback badgered Tim Owens, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with a clear message: “Let us change the way we select judges so we can get judges who will vote the way we want them to.” In short, the governor and his

  • Columns | March 08, 2016

    Fully fund ag, food research

    As they go about helping farmers maintain a consistent, reasonably priced food supply, America’s agricultural scientists may soon receive a sign of our country’s confidence in their work. For the first time since Congress created the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, or AFRI,

  • Columns | March 05, 2016

    Schools vital to local economies

    The Kansas Legislature has struggled to balance the state budget in recent years, and some legislators have asserted that the issue is a spending problem. Those who subscribe to this belief feel that education funding is the primary culprit for the increased spending and often

  • Columns | March 05, 2016

    Stage set for UK referendum on EU membership

    Britain faces an important decision June 23 — a referendum on whether to remain a part of the European Union. However the vote goes, Europe will never be the same; neither, for that matter, will the United Kingdom or the United States. British citizens are divided on

  • Columns | March 04, 2016

    A community link to the RCPD

    You may not be aware that our local law enforcement agency, the Riley County Police Department, has an advisory board comprised completely of civilian members of our community. I lived in Manhattan for five years before I knew, and now I chair the Community Advisory

  • Columns | February 29, 2016

    Welfare reform works for Kansas

    Last week, a socialist candidate for president took great exception to the success of our welfare-to-work programs, saying that we are “beating up on the poor.” Bernie Sanders wants to revive the same bloated government programs that so dramatically failed those in need throughout 50 years

  • Columns | February 27, 2016

    China’s militarization bolsters its foreign policy

    In addition to defending the state, another primary purpose of a strong military is to back up a country’s foreign policy. A country should not send troops in to achieve every foreign policy goal. Yet every government wants to be able to threaten another


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