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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | January 24, 2014

    Higher ed funding unsettled

    While Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback extolls the virtues of public post-secondary education, its price continues to climb and the Kansas general fund contributes less. The folks increasingly picking up the tab are parents and the students themselves who are begging and borrowing, often working full-time,

  • Columns | January 23, 2014

    An evening conversation: hoop heaven

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    Let’s get one idea off the table right away: This little chat is not meant specifically as a slap at our friends up the Kaw at the University of Kansas. Recent events have put KU in the crosshairs, and deservedly so, but we shouldn’

  • Columns | January 21, 2014

    An evening conversation: are we hooked?

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    Here’s an interesting theory you hear more and more often these days — the idea that we’ve all become slaves to technology, that we’ve lost all touch with the old-fashioned way of life. Fascinating notion, eh? I thought about it and decided to

  • Columns | January 20, 2014

    King a multi-faceted leader

    It is right that we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is hard to name a more influential role player in Black America’s march toward full citizenship.  Unfortunately, our nation also participates in selective memory about the man himself. Let us explore

  • Columns | January 20, 2014

    An evening conversation: lest we forget

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    Matthew is 16 and lives in Overland Park. He is the son of my partner Melissa and – even accounting for some bias – I’ve got to say he’s a very bright kid. This past weekend, history buff Matthew was genuinely distressed by things he was

  • Columns | January 19, 2014

    Who sets the 2014 agenda?

    Last Wednesday Gov. Sam Brownback laid out his state policy agenda in his State of the State address. Given that our very conservative Republican governor is paired with a similar legislature, one might reasonably assume that the chief executive can truly set the table for

  • Columns | January 19, 2014

    New questions about Obama’s lack of leadership

    The publication of segments of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ book, “Duty,” as well as comments by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal spark serious questions about President Obama’s leadership style.   I do not know Gates, but

  • Columns | January 15, 2014

    Manhattan delivers yet again

    It often takes the entire Manhattan community for a K-State program to succeed. Sometimes the efforts and contributions of community members are less visible; support comes to KSU students every day, in many different forms. But sometimes, the community’s support is essential — critical even —

  • Columns | January 14, 2014

    An evening conversation: Paying it forward

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    EVERY SO often, people who put words together for a living will say: “Boy, that story was so good, it just wrote itself.” We don’t mean that literally. Well, hardly ever. Our chat tonight is one of those, the kind I’ve only had

  • Columns | January 12, 2014

    The attack on Volgograd and the Olympics

    The recent terrorist attacks on the main train station in Volgograd, followed two days later by one on a bus,  killed at least 28 and wounded 34 people, some critically..  Both bombers are believed to have been women; known in Russia as “black widows.” 


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