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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | August 17, 2014

    Israeli-Palestinian struggle is intractable

    Of all the problems in foreign policy, those involving ethnic and religious issues are among the most difficult to resolve. This includes the chronic struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians, an issue that has involved every president since Harry Truman.  All have tried

  • Columns | August 10, 2014

    Obama confronts Putin, finally

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has continued to pursue his chosen course of action with regard to Ukraine despite pleas that he exercise restraint and threats from the United States and the European Union. He claims he is doing everything he can to bring about a

  • Columns | August 08, 2014

    Tuesday’s ‘almost’ revolution

    Electoral politics are remarkably stable. Incumbents win re-election 90 percent of the time.  Money, especially early, is an excellent success predictor. Change comes slowly, mostly because the personnel seldom changes. So when change happens, it seems like a revolution has occurred. Nothing changed after Tuesday’

  • Columns | August 06, 2014

    Fieldhouse can fill many gaps

    I was taken aback by the recent article in the Mercury on the falling occupancy rate in local hotels over the past year. Couple this with the fact that more hotels are scheduled to be built, and we are certain to face a conundrum in

  • Columns | August 03, 2014

    How far will Putin push U.S. and Europe?

    I recently reread a 2000 book by a German analyst, Alexander Rahr, titled “Vladimir Putin, the German in the Kremlin.” While I respect the author,  I wondered why I was rereading a book that came out 14 years ago. After all, we know so much more

  • Columns | July 28, 2014

    Israel must end Gaza blockade

    As of this morning, the Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza have killed an more than 1,000 Palestinians, wounded more than 4,000 and dislocated at least 100,000 residents fleeing Israeli troops and bombs. The Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice condemns Israel’s onslaught, and we call for

  • 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


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