Heads of states of major countries often give speeches at the end of the year in which they sum up what they have accomplished during the year. These occasions sometimes provide insight into a leader’s or a society’s way of looking at problems.
For years, most Western observers expressed concern about the rise of China, especially its navy. Not only has China’s navy emerged from almost nothing, but it has been growing while President Barack Obama has been doing little to build up the U.S.
Right-wing Republican law-makers in Kansas have operated under the radar to suspend all statutory limits on highway debt, and that unprecedented authority was recently used to issue record levels of long-term debt to pay for their reckless income tax cuts this year and next. Six
A couple of decades ago, when I was getting fairly heavily into the concept of civic journalism, I made the acquaintance of an up-and-coming young journalism professor and fellow traveler on that subject named Yves Colon. I gleaned a lot of ideas and inspiration regarding
The world recently lost one of its truly great statesman, former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who died last month. Unknown to most Americans, he had an impact on shaping our policy toward Russia during and after the Cold War. He was not only a major
Christopher Renner and the Democratic Party are guilty of what they accuse others of and complain about. Mr. Renner needn’t lecture readers about a potential Republican oligarchy when organizations such as George Soros’s Open Society Foundation or the Clinton Foundation exist. Liberals have
In the “I Wonder” column on Friday, Dec. 4, Steve Cameron discusses and explains the disappearance of Bill Snyder Highway signs. I take issue with Cameron’s analysis in that he admits that nobody knows where the signs went yet proceeds to quote city engineer Brian
KANSAS CITY — Here’s one stone-cold fact we learned last year: Trusting the Royals’ scouts might be the safest bet in baseball. Given this group’s track record of finding gold in dry river beds (Kendrys Morales, Chris Young, Ryan Madson, Kris Medlen, etc.), you
There are many things I am concerned about, especially for the future of my grand-children. A recent poll found that 40 percent of so-called millennials believe that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution should be restricted. In other words, people who believe differently from
The dispute between Russia and Turkey over the latter’s shooting down of a Russian warplane has created a dangerous situation in which even a minor action could cause a major explosion. Equally important over the long term is the impact that President Barack Obama’
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