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  • A student achievement crisis

    There are those who believe Kansas has a school funding crisis — even though spending exceeds $13,000 per student and continues to set records — but low student achievement continues to be the real crisis. It’s a shame that so much attention .

  • Free market essential for fuel

    Following the election of Donald Trump, farmers and the agricultural community in Kansas are wondering what the future holds. The president-elect has vowed to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory overreach and work to repeal laws like the .

  • Putin leaves Obama holding the bag

    I have followed the career of Vladimir Putin for at least 20 years, writing and speaking about the man and his politics. Although some observers may resent his approach to international politics, I have been impressed, even if I don’t .

  • A tale of three political parties

    Three-party politics is back in Kansas. The parties consist of moderate Republicans, conservative Republicans, and Democrats. Deals being made and leadership changes afoot all point to a new era — but the state’s problems remain daunting. In the race for .

  • The Russian navy has arrived ... sort of

    I will leave to others the discussion of who, including the Russians, managed to push the recent presidential election in one direction or another by their hacking of the other side’s communications apparatus. I say this for a couple .

  • Don’t block-grant SNAP

    “I haven’t eaten in three days,” a mother told me recently as I served a volunteer meal at the First United Methodist Church with some friends. “My SNAP benefits ran out and I fed all the food I could .

  • We needn’t fall for fake news

    I have a serious problem with Facebook. Facebook deals in appearance, illusion and fakery, and I don’t have time for that. It’s too bad. A few years ago, I wrote that it was a pretty cool way to .

  • Taking legislation seriously

    Last Monday, Kansas legislators elected their leaders for 2017-18. We should all wish them good luck because they will need it. Leadership elections are inside baseball contests, but the results often offer indications of how the upcoming legislature will operate. .

  • Colombia finally gets peace… maybe

    One of the longest and bloodiest guerilla wars ever has been taking place in Colombia. It has been going on for five decades, leaving 220,000 people dead, 25,000 missing and untold numbers displaced. The parties involved were the Colombian military, left-wing guerillas .

  • ‘Annie’ audience was just fine

    I had the good fortune to attend “Annie” with my mother a week ago Wednesday. I’m not writing to discuss the performance itself, which was impeccably sung and acted. My concern is with G.W. Clift’s review in .

  • ‘America is all about cultural appropriation’

    I’d like to say a few words in defense of tacos and the Rolling Stones and your right to offend me. And my right to offend you. This comes up because of an offshoot of the debate over the .

  • This fight can bring us long-term harm

    I attended the school board forum Wednesday night at Manhattan High School to listen to student and citizen input on the proposal to change the school’s symbol. After listening to all sides, I do not envy the school board .


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