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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | June 17, 2014

    State revenue situation stable

    Critics recently accused the Department of Revenue of “misrepresenting” research about the state’s revenue shortfall in April and May. We at the Department of Revenue stand behind our statements in our April and May tax receipts reports. We have established metrics to track results

  • Columns | June 15, 2014

    Kansas can do more for veterans

    The troubles in the Veteran’s Administration health care system are disturbing to all Americans. And although the U.S. House and Senate are working on legislation that would authorize veterans to seek health care in non-VA facilities in certain circumstances, the failure of the

  • Columns | June 15, 2014

    President keeps digging himself in deeper

    President Barack Obama has done it again. His handling of the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case has not only offended much of the American populace,  it has infuriated large numbers of Democrats. There are two major issues involved in the swap of five Taliban prisoners

  • Columns | June 13, 2014

    Women voters can force change

    This could become the year of the woman voter in Kansas. First, here is some data to “frame” the issue: There are 1,084,000 women 18 or older in Kansas, according to 2012 U.S. Census estimates. Of Kansas women 25 or older, 650,000 have associate’s degrees or less education; 350,000

  • Columns | June 11, 2014

    Brownback misleading public

    Lots of people are buzzing about headlines in newspapers across the state this past week. Finally, the worsening fiscal condition of the state seems to be getting widespread attention. Former state budget director Duane Goossen, in a recent talk with the League of Women Voters,

  • Columns | June 08, 2014

    Competence is essential, too

    By and large, scholars, politicians and pundits pay attention to left-right ideologies when they think about politics, and there’s good evidence that much of American politics is organized along a broad liberal-conservative spectrum.  The commonplace story of Kansas politics is that this left-right

  • Columns | June 08, 2014

    President’s West Point speech disappointing

    President Barack Obama’s recent speech at West Point was eagerly awaited. His foreign policy has been confusing at best, and disastrous at worst. From North Korea to Syria, U.S. foreign policy appears to have little or no logic behind it.  Unfortunately, the

  • Columns | June 06, 2014

    Manhattan’s history: memories and thoughts

    It is always good to come home to Manhattan, where 80 years ago next August I came into this world at Parkview Hospital. The building, built in 1907, still stands across the street from the northeast corner of City Park, but as you know, it is no

  • Columns | June 06, 2014

    Roy appreciated fellow Kansans

    About six weeks ago my father’s last column was published. In it, he shared that he would be on hiatus while undergoing medical treatment. He was hoping to have been discharged from local cardiac rehab and was planning to resume his column this week.

  • Columns | June 01, 2014

    Kansas political season upon us

    Congress’ public approval rating could hardly get lower, hovering around 10 percent while disapproval numbers top 70 percent. Voters have been in a “throw-the-bums-out” mood for years, yet incumbent re-election rates stay above 90 percent. Primary challenges in other states have been unsuccessful in 2014, and Kansas will probably


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