Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | May 07, 2016

    China, Russia take advantage of U.S. passivity

    While China’s efforts to build new islets in the South China Sea have nudged out of the headlines by the U.S. presidential campaigns, the issue remains important. Foreign policy issues, especially those with a strong military component, can lay calm for months, if

  • Columns | April 30, 2016

    Putin, Russia’s economy and the art of bluffing

    A recent New York Times article on Russia bolstering its submarine fleet as tensions with the United States rise left the impression that the danger we face from the Russians is on the rise, similar to the Cold War.  As the article put it, “

  • Columns | April 16, 2016

    Putin builds a new security force - for himself

    Of all the things I expected to report from Vladimir Putin’s Russia, his decision to create his own army was not one of them.  Technically, the group is called a “national guard,” and it is just one of an array of armed units

  • Columns | April 16, 2016

    Obama allows Russia to harass U.S. ships

    The buzzing by unarmed Russian SU-24 aircraft of the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer in the Baltic Sea, April 12, and the subsequent harassment of a U.S. Air Force plane above the Baltic Sea were not meant to be acts of war. However, if

  • Columns | April 09, 2016

    What North Korea is thinking is a mystery

    In discussing North Korea’s behavior — its repeated launching of missiles and its unspeakable brutality toward its own citizens — a number of my friends have expressed concern that this behavior is reflective of the “crazy guys” running the country. A few worry that Kim Jong

  • Columns | April 02, 2016

    Sharing intelligence with Russia? Why not?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, recently suggested that the United States and Russia share intelligence, in particular with regard to the war in Syria. Why duplicate efforts, they wondered. Life would be much easier if we worked together. Such a

  • Columns | March 30, 2016

    Most landlords are responsible

    I am writing in response to Mr. Baker’s letter Sunday about rental properties and landlords. I agree about off-street parking spaces aligning with the number of bedrooms in a rental. But this is not an issue with my rental properties nor the rental properties

  • Columns | March 29, 2016

    Athletics thrived under Schulz

    I want to acknowledge my personal gratitude for the tremendous leader and friend that Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz has been over the past seven years. The entire Schulz family — First Lady Noel and sons Tim and Andrew — have been wonderful advocates for K-State

  • Columns | March 26, 2016

    Russians leaving Syria, going home… Really?

    On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russian troops would be leaving Syria. The Russians claim this withdrawal was completed by March 20. This action raises two questions. The first is how serious are the Russians? When they say withdraw, what do they mean? Is

  • Columns | March 25, 2016

    $1 billion lost and counting

    One billion dollars forfeited, with more money lost each day, each hour. Inaction makes the problem worse with every passing minute. Surely such a situation should spur Kansas lawmakers to action.  For two years running, Kansas has turned down the opportunity to expand Medicaid

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