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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | March 06, 2014

    An evening conversation: a fine place to be

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    We are in the process of hiring a reporter. No, this isn’t a want ad — unless, of course, you’re a gifted writer/reporter with years of newspaper experience and a burning desire to follow the exploits of local law enforcement. (If you do

  • Columns | March 03, 2014

    Rethink city-KSU fund process

    The City-University Projects Fund was established on June 30, 1994. The fund was part of the annexation agreement that included KSU in the city limits. The logic was based on the following: 1. The university purchases water and sewer service from the city. 2. The city constructed a fire

  • Columns | March 01, 2014

    Obama badly needs a realistic foreign policy

    Our foreign policy is bankrupt. Leaders around the world who once respected and even feared us now hold the United States in contempt. Our allies would not use such terms, but it is clear that most of them have ceased to count on American leadership.

  • Columns | March 01, 2014

    Kansas is going nowhere

    What accounts for the enthusiasm our political leaders have for being moral busybodies, anti-government enthusiasts and fiscal fantasists? They have the support of an energetic minority of conser-vative middle- and lower-middle class, mostly male, mostly em-ployed adult Kansans who vote for the dream of improving

  • Columns | February 28, 2014

    An evening conversation: want to be an author?

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    It’s not the type of situation made for a long conversation. Imagine a snapshot here: An author is signing books at a store, or perhaps in a mall. There is a lengthy line of folks with copies held open to the proper spot, all

  • Columns | February 26, 2014

    An evening conversation: Harold and Del

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    Harold Ramis created the vocabulary that guys my age use to connect with each other. Believe it or not, that vocabulary has a Manhattan connection – and it’s not just that my buddies and I watched his movies so often that we can recite them

  • Columns | February 26, 2014

    Clowns at play in the Capitol

    The recent wire service story took on an ominous tone: the United States is facing a clown shortage. “What’s happening is attrition,” said the head of the Clowns of America Interna-tional. “The older clowns are passing away.” This is no laughing matter.  Where

  • Columns | February 24, 2014

    Kansas brand being tarnished

    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce had its annual meeting Friday evening. It is clear that the investment in economic development that began in the 1980s is now paying big dividends. Great strides have been made in Manhattan and other com-munities in Kansas. Manhattan’s list

  • Columns | February 23, 2014

    Obama picks incompetent ambassadors

    There has long been a battle between the White House and the State Department’s Foreign Service over ambassadorial appointments. The Foreign Service wants all ambassadors to be Foreign Service officers (FSOs), while presidents often want to reward supporters with ambassadorships. The Obama administration has

  • Columns | February 21, 2014

    Fracking is safe and beneficial

    Fear has become a principal means of directing public opinion away from the facts, and in the case of hydraulic fracturing, it is occurring with a well-known and historically acceptable process associated with recovering oil and natural gas from the earth. Fear of the unknown

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