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  • Flexibility essential in learning

    In his article of Dec.10, “Why do we teach the way we do?” Bill Felber is absolutely correct that for many students and learning tasks, the pace easily can and should be accelerated. However, other learning activities, such as those .

  • Family includes those in need

    When the Middle East is mentioned today, many of us think only of hatred, violence, fanaticism. I would like to tell you of a personal experience that we had in 2004 when we were living in Tunisia. It was the eve .

  • Germany’s Merkel is Europe’s new ‘Iron Lady’

    At a time when there is chaos in Washington’s foreign policy, it is encouraging to see that at least one European leader — apart from Russian President Vladimir Putin — seems to know what she is doing. That is German Chancellor .

  • Budget needs dynamic leaders

    With the election over, the focus in Kansas politics returns to the budget. Are we in a huge budget hole created by the tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback? Or will econ-omic growth save the day? The state’s .

  • To Putin, Cold War is a reality

    Based on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent State of the Union message to the Russian Parliament, he not only thinks the Cold War is back on, but that it’s all the fault of the United States. Given the .

  • Why do we teach the way we do?

    Last summer my son took a summer school high school geometry class. He completed the assignments in three-quarters of the allotted four-week time and received a grade of A. The class was conducted on-line through Oracle in a computer lab .

  • Obama’s ineptitude on defense evident again

    President Barack Obama’s decision to fire Chuck Hagel as secretary of Defense has revealed serious splits between those who fight the country’s wars and the White House. Hagel was caught in the middle. Instead of parroting White House .

  • Kansas is leaning to the South

    I arrived in Kansas 35 years ago, happy to be offered a job at KU but having little sense of the state that would be my home. A political science col-league, friend and co-editor of 15 books, Al Cigler, alerted me to .

  • Crude oil prices drop after no OPEC changes

    Crude oil prices collapsed to a four-year low on Thanksgiving Day, dropping as low as $67.75 per barrel after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to leave production targets unchanged at their most recent meeting. Analysts had been .

  • Putin may be painting himself into a corner

    Many Western analysts have long believed that Russians are long-suffering people, willing to endure extreme privation without revolting. However, there are indications that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, may not share this view. Moscow blames .

  • Farmers are prime messengers

    James Garner died last July. Most folks probably remember him best for his portrayal of television series characters Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford or for his more recent performance in the movie “The Notebook.” Garner’s easy-going personality and average-guy .

  • Drivers warm to cheap gasoline prices

    As motorists fuel up for their annual trip to grandmother’s house, they’re likely to be thankful for the cheapest gas in more than four years. With gasoline futures trading near $2.01 per gallon on Friday, nationwide prices at the .


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