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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | December 05, 2013

    An evening conversation: room at the inn?

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    Emily Wagner had a good news, bad news kind of week. The executive director of the Manhattan Emergency Shelter appeared before city commissioners Tuesday night, asking that a loan balance of $54,000 be forgiven. The original loan of $135,000 was granted in 2008, in order to fund construction

  • Columns | December 05, 2013

    ‘Mac’ honored Warriors Creed

    Dale Fitzke Contributing Writer America lost a true hero on Nov. 27. Earl “Mac” McClung, a member of the famed Band of Brothers of World War II, passed away at his home in Pueblo West, Colo. Mac had served as a scout for Easy Company, 2nd

  • Columns | December 04, 2013

    TANF money is well invested

    The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) has many important responsibilities, including overseeing state and federal funds that serve our mission to protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility. In recent weeks, DCF has been criticized for maintaining a healthy reserve in

  • Columns | December 02, 2013

    KSU’s multicultural challenge

    I read with considerable interest the article on diversity in the Dec. 24 Mercury, and it seemed to provoke more questions than answers. Diversity and affirmative act-ion are terms that are confusing to many of us who do not deal with them professionally. With a little

  • Columns | December 01, 2013

    Be wary, but give Iran nuclear deal a chance

    At last we have an agreement with Iran that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry consider a positive step in limiting Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb. Others, convinced that Iran will cheat, are not so optimistic. I am somewhere in

  • Columns | November 25, 2013

    An evening conversation: Just another day

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    There are zero shopping days left until my birthday. Just saying, you know? In truth, for a few years there was a serious side to carrying around this Nov. 25 birth date. We all were reminded of it again last weekend with a grim anniversary: President

  • Columns | November 24, 2013

    Russia OKs stunning new law

    I have seen great changes in Russia in the decades I have followed that country, but a recent law, one that took effect Nov. 15, has literally taken my breath away. If enforced, it will radically alter Russian life. I could list a thousand changes over

  • Columns | November 22, 2013

    Kansans cool to ‘experiment’

    Last year, Gov. Sam Brownback went on national television and boasted that he was leading Kansas through “a real live experiment” in taxing and spending. Recent surveys suggest that Kansans are skeptical, if not downright opposed, to where Brownback is taking them. Three statewide surveys

  • Columns | November 21, 2013

    An evening conversation: Brrrrrr…

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    A few years ago, I was approached by a headhunter. Instead of asking me about a particular open position, however, this gentleman opened our conversation with a rather startling question. “What would be your dream job?” he said. The funny thing is that I’ve

  • Columns | November 20, 2013

    End cuts, restore research funds

    The continuing federal budget battle is hurting biomedical research. If Congress does not stop sequestration, in 2014 alone, Kansas stands to lose $21.5 million in research funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means fewer jobs, fewer research discoveries and fewer patients treated with the


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