Sunday, May 24, 2015



Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 10, 2015

    Western Kansas is withering

    Whether you have lived in western Kansas for a decade, as I have, or a lifetime, you tend to be independent. The region was built by hardy stock, refugees from the Kaiser and others. Compared with Wichita and suburban Kansas City, the area west of

  • Columns | April 04, 2015

    In celebrating, let us do better

    At Easter time, Christians celebrate the triumph of life over death by he who commanded us to love God, love ourselves and, yes, love even our enemies. Sometimes we also reflect on the many ways we keep on crucifying our Lord Jesus Christ — despite our

  • Columns | April 04, 2015

    White House has mishandled Bergdahl case

    I served in both Republican and Democratic administrations and all of them have done some dumb things. It goes with working in a large bureaucracy whose personnel have different views on how problems should be resolved. In some cases ideology is the cause, while in

  • Columns | March 31, 2015

    Does the resurrection matter?

    Easter is almost here. Perhaps you are looking forward to an egg hunt with the kids, attending a worship service or a family dinner. Maybe the holiday holds no significance for you. In the blur of life, it is often easy for us to miss

  • Columns | March 30, 2015

    Sequestration battle isn’t over

    The long awaited listening session is over with 1,000-plus people in actual attendance. Both military and civilian leadership had an opportunity to share with the Army leadership the importance of maintaining a strong Fort Riley. There was a long sigh of relief when the session

  • Columns | March 28, 2015

    Putin continues to be a formidable opponent

    While the world’s attention is focused on nuclear negotiations involving Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin is in a position to create all kinds of problems for the United States and our allies in Europe. Almost every time we look up, he seems to be

  • Columns | March 24, 2015

    Help save ‘magical’ monarchs

    For decades, many people in Manhattan and up and down the Great Plains have enjoyed the migration of monarch butterflies. Most monarchs migrate from the northern Great Plains to the oyamel fir trees in the mountains of the Mexican states of Michoacan and Estado de

  • Columns | March 21, 2015

    How real is the prospect of a European army?

    Europe has been trying to decide how to defend itself since the rise of the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II. The establishment of NATO brought the added military power of the United States and Canada to the countries of Western Europe,

  • Columns | March 15, 2015

    Netanyahu-Obama confrontation unnecessary

    For political junkies who closely follow issues in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was one of the biggest and most controversial events in recent history.  It generated questions not only about the way it came about but but also

  • Columns | March 07, 2015

    Who killed Russian opposition leader Nemtsov?

    Did Russian President Vladimir Putin send some of his thugs to assassinate opposition leader Boris Nemtsov? Was a rival behind the act, or perhaps someone else? Before assuming Putin was behind the murder, it is worth looking at Nemtsov and some of the reasons being


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