Friday, July 1, 2016

Opinion - Columns

  • 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

  • Columns | March 23, 2016

    Brownback and taxing principles

    About 40 years ago, Sam Brownback, a student at Kansas State University, en-rolled in my public finance class. So I know that he once was exposed to the principles of a well-functioning tax system. As governor of Kansas, he has certainly not acted on them. Let

  • Columns | March 19, 2016

    Russia has reason to fear Western armed forces

    Fear of the West’s military might — and particularly that of the United States — has colored Russian thought about foreign policy for many years, in part because of the West’s technological prowess. Some observers outside of Russia would argue this reflects Russian paranoia. Look

  • Columns | March 18, 2016

    Coalition to save Medicare Advantage retiree coverage mounts media blitz

    On Feb. 17, a group called the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) announced it was launching a digital advertising campaign to “save Medicare Advantage retiree coverage” and a coast to coast mobilization of its 2 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries who are contacting their elected representatives and urging

  • Columns | March 12, 2016

    March filled with paradoxes

    The weather these days fluctuates and our coat racks remain stocked for whatever extreme we face next. We would like to believe at this point in March that winter is behind us, especially with crocuses and daffodils sprinkling the land-scape. But those of us who

  • Columns | March 12, 2016

    What will U.N., U.S. to do about North Korea?

    One of the most vexing problems U.S. administrations — Democratic and Republican —  have faced for the past 50 years has been what to do with North Korea. Most of them have sought a way to handle that country, and while some have had more success

  • Columns | March 11, 2016

    GOP wants to pack the courts

    In 2012. Gov. Sam Brownback badgered Tim Owens, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with a clear message: “Let us change the way we select judges so we can get judges who will vote the way we want them to.” In short, the governor and his

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