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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | February 04, 2014

    MHK: Unlimited opportunities

    When most of us think of Manhattan Regional Airport, we think of a ride to Dallas, Chicago or until recently, Phoenix. These “rides” are partially tied to economic generators for the community, as business travelers and others can literally cross the globe once they get

  • Columns | February 02, 2014

    Poor will get little tax relief

    Overlooked because of the attention to declining Kansas tax revenues is the elimination of Kansas tax refunds that have traditionally been available to low-income families. There are surprises in store for many Kansans who apply for tax relief this year. Since 1978, Kansas has had a

  • Columns | February 02, 2014

    Sochi Olympics more than just sport to Putin

    Most of the commentary on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has focused on the danger of a terrorist attack. That danger is real. It is so real that Moscow has sent 40,000 security personnel, including special military forces, to the area. Indeed, security is such

  • Columns | January 31, 2014

    Brownback digging us into debt

    Rhetoric soared as Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his State of the State address in mid-January, but words can not mask the grim conditions ahead for Kansas as a result of his actions on state finance. The governor repeatedly invoked God, as well as “a Big

  • Columns | January 30, 2014

    Regents can, must do better

    I was raised in a family of five children. Our terminal de-grees range from construction engineering to theater to second-ary education to nutrition. My father was a corporate executive. He sold tires — lots of them. My mother was a geography teacher in middle school and

  • Columns | January 30, 2014

    An evening conversation: Home, sweet home

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    Yes, we’re a day late here — but Kansas has been around 153 years, so waiting 24 hours for my birthday wishes won’t exactly rock the state. Besides, this one comes straight from the heart. I grew up in northern California, so my friends back home

  • Columns | January 28, 2014

    An evening conversation: the case for print

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    There are plenty of people making the case that newspapers are dying. And in truth, it wouldn’t take you long to find a tale of some famous old big-city newspaper that just slashed its staff by a hundred. The world belongs to the internet,

  • Columns | January 28, 2014

    Farm life has much to teach

    From the first time we’re told to share our toys to the last shared moment of our lives, the world provides us with lessons. Despite one’s reputation, income level or geographic location, there is always something to discover for potential character growth. The

  • Columns | January 26, 2014

    There’s plenty of blame for Benghazi tragedy

    In the days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Americans were promised a full investigation and assured that those involved would be brought to justice. When the possibility of a cover-up was raised, President Barack Obama and the State Depart-ment

  • 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,

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