Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | October 24, 2015

    Russia’s gains in Syria come at America’s expense

    Our battle with the Russians over Syria continues, with all appearances suggesting that the Kremlin is winning. Russia is not, however, assured of victory or of pacifying and controlling the country. That is a big order.  In addition to getting rid of U.S.

  • Columns | October 22, 2015

    How free is speech on campuses?

    The University of California Board of Regents last month scrapped its proposed “principles against intolerance,” developed in response to several anti-Semitic incidents on campuses, including the defacement of a UC Davis Jewish fraternity house with swastikas early this year. The policy — which some said went

  • Columns | October 20, 2015

    It is fans who should apologize

    We read the front-page of the Mercury on Monday about the Wildcats’ loss to OU. We were hurt when we saw the picture of the east side of the stadium.  We sit in the upper deck, and many fans left at halftime, and the

  • Columns | October 17, 2015

    What is President Putin up to in Syria?

    Listening to our elected officials in Washington as well as the new outlets, one gets the impression that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal in sending troops, equipment and weapons into Syria is to make it part of the extended Russian Empire. Having lived in

  • Columns | October 16, 2015

    Brownback to the poor: ‘If you get sick, quit your job’

    For the working poor, Gov.  Sam Brownback’s decision to not expand Medicaid sends them a real clear message, “if you get sick, quit your job.”  That’s the only way to qualify for health care coverage under KanCare, our version of Medicaid.

  • Columns |General Activities | October 15, 2015

    Cameron: Cueto was acquired for these big games


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Don’t pay the ransom. They’ve found Johnny Cueto. Great news, obviously, but if you believe the Royals — and by now, we have no reason to think they’re only woofing — then Wednesday night’s 7-2 victory over Houston to clinch

  • Columns | October 10, 2015

    Kansas tax policy is unfair

    Did you get a paycheck last week? If you did, quite likely your employer withheld money from it to cover your obligation to pay state income taxes. Sorry, but you are part of the group that funds state government. Do you draw your income from

  • Columns | October 10, 2015

    Athletic scholarships change lives

    The gathering of friends at a tailgate party; the sounds of the band that fill a stadium or arena; the excitement on campus when the home team wins; and the pride one feels in their alma mater’s victories. These traditions are being confronted in

  • Columns | October 10, 2015

    Putin goes to Syria while Obama goes in circles

    President Barack Obama’s foreign policy amazes me. Every time in the last six years I think we have reached bottom, he finds a new low.  That is the case with his latest response to Iran’s and Russia’s decision to send Russian

  • Columns | October 03, 2015

    China presents growing challenges to U.S.

    While much attention late last month in Washington focused on Pope Francis and the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping may have more important long-term impact. Replacing Boehner will be a challenge. Congressional Re-publicans are deeply split, and

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