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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | July 27, 2014

    U.S., West are in need of a genuine leader

    It is hard to understand President Barack Obama’s seeming failure to exert even a modicum of leadership. Clearly, he set out to climb to the top of the political ladder — and he succeeded. He now holds the most important position in the world. He

  • Columns | July 25, 2014

    The issue of economic recovery

    The defining issue in state elections is candidates’ positions regarding “the path of our economic recovery.” So wrote Republican state Rep. Steven Becker of Hutchinson in a recent letter to the Hutchinson News, as he asked, “Does the candidate sup-port a reassess-ment of our tax

  • Columns | July 20, 2014

    Old horrors uncovered in Ireland

    Some people argue that we should let the horrible things that have happened in the past remain there and move on.  There is considerable logic in that position. However, I believe we should learn from the past to the degree possible. That’s especially

  • Columns | July 12, 2014

    Japan opens a new era for military

    While attention has been focused on Ukraine, Iraq and the Middle East, something has occurred on the other side of the world that carries just as much risk for our security: The New York Times put it well with its story, “Japan Announces a Military

  • Columns | July 11, 2014

    Understanding Ukraine’s conflict

    The root cause of Ukraine’s recent regime change is a result of a geopolitical battle fought between the European Union and Russia. The internal conflict in Ukraine is a consequence of chronic corruption, impoverishment and an ethnic division that was polarized by nationalist parties

  • Columns | July 10, 2014

    Teaching requires dedication

    I may be the wrong person to respond to the Sunday editorial, “Teaching changes can be beneficial,” as I began my teaching career as one of the “unlicensed and untrained individuals” KNEA spokesman Marcus Baltzell referred to. Fortunately, for me and for at least some

  • Columns | July 07, 2014

    Licensing law a ‘smoke screen’

    Regarding Sunday’s editorial, “Teaching changes can be beneficial,” the subtitle is, “New law addresses shortages in rural areas,” which it does not do. There is the possibility that the new law may indeed provide some needed improvement to education in Kansas, but that is

  • Columns | July 06, 2014

    Revisit city discrimination policy

    Our country has made significant strides in the equal treatment of LGBT individuals. One year ago the Supreme Court ruled that The Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and weekly we read of rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in states from coast to coast.

  • Columns | July 06, 2014

    China’s military is becoming a force in Pacific

    The modernization and expansion of China’s military is an issue of deep and growing concern to U.S. policymakers. China realizes that to expand its influence in the South China Sea, it needs a larger navy. Likewise, if it wants to fend off potential

  • Columns | July 04, 2014

    Economic dimensions overlooked

    Noah Feldman, in the July 1 Op-Ed column, “Conservatives keep the faith in Hobby Lobby case,” does yeoman service in presenting the political and religious issues involved in the Supreme Court’s decision to allow at least some companies to withhold coverage for certain kinds of


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