• Forecast dreary for farmers

    All farmers know that it is crucial to become an expert at planning, preparing for conditions and forecasting future harvest yields. While natural weather patterns make that job difficult enough, an unelected federal agency makes that job even more difficult. .

  • Mr. Pence, help us understand

    Dear Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, About a week ago I heard you reiterate that you are “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.” Perhaps I am not alone in needing clarification. Your vote and that of an .

  • Will Trump, Putin work well together?

    During the presidential election campaign, there was a lot of discussion about how much Donald Trump admired Russian President Vladimir Putin and how Trump expected to work closely with him in a positive fashion if he was elected. Now that .

  • A few insights into Trump

    Whether you voted for President-elect Donald Trump or not, you undoubtedly would welcome insights into how the next president may approach the office. In the final weeks of the campaign, he demonstrated a discipline that gives us hope. At the .

  • Britain stumbles toward total confusion

    The United states is not the only country that has had political drama this year. In Britain, confusion and uncertainty have replaced what has been one of the most carefully structured political processes in Europe. Many other systems, including Canada’.

  • News literacy is a vital asset

    At precisely the same moment we face some of the most complicated and intractable challenges in the nation’s history, news literacy — most simply defined as the ability to judge the veracity of information — seems to have hit an all-time .

  • Colombia tries to salvage lost peace deal

    It is not often that a country goes through decades of civil war and then votes not to accept a carefully worked out peace agreement. Yet it happened in Colombia, which had been riven for 52 years by a civil war. .

  • Kansas income tax misspent

    I filed my Kansas income tax return on March 9, 2016, and received my modest refund on Oct. 5. This annoys me so hugely that I’ve decided to share some of the details with readers. I’ll start at the beginning. For .

  • Locker rooms deserve better

    I’d like to say a few words about locker rooms. Donald Trump, who is running for president, said that his lewd comments about a woman caught on tape were just “locker room banter.” He said he wasn’t proud .

  • A future MHS mascot debate

    MANHATTAN, KS — June 7, 2047. School board members today scheduled a hearing to consider changing the Manhattan High School mascot. The school has used the “Rainbows” as mascot since 2016, but has been criticized in recent months by advocates who say that the .

  • Defense of the Baltics up to U.S., NATO

    One of the most sensitive areas of potential conflict between the United States and Russia is the Baltic region. The Baltic nations are Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. They were occupied by the Soviet Union in 1944 and ruled until the break-up .

  • Guess who won Russia’s recent election?

    If you were holding your breath awaiting the outcome of the parliamentary election in Russia, you can now breathe. So can Russian President Vladimir Putin. His party, United Russia, won 343 seats — 76 percent — up from barely 50 percent five years ago. (The .


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