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  • Problems exist, but Obama’s plan is workable

    President Obama’s Sept. 9 speech on battling ISIL marks an important step forward for this administration. Yet not only do many questions remain, but America will have serious problems implementing it. Indications are that this initiative was not something Obama .

  • Scotland missed opportunity in vote for indepencence

    CLOVEFORDS, Scotland — I’m a fourth-generation Scot — and I voted “Yes.” My hope was that Scotland would become an independent country, able to run its own affairs and economy and be fully responsible for them. And stop blaming the government .

  • Scottish vote could affect U.S.

    Whether the question is posed in a commissioned survey or asked casually on the street, most answers are similar. The saddest of them sounds roughly like this… Q: “What do you think of Scotland’s vote on independence this week?” .

  • NATO moves to counter Russian pressure

    One of the side effects of Russia’s interference in eastern Ukraine has been heightened concern in the Baltic and East European states that Russian President Vladimir Putin may decide to meddle in their internal affairs to the point of .

  • What if voters had ‘zero option’?

    Frustration with political candidates is nothing new. For decades political science’s truism about Congress held: People hated the institution but loved their congressman. Things are different in 2014. In June, a Rasmussen poll reported that only 25 percent of respondents indicated .

  • Suicide can, must be prevented

    The Aug. 11 death of comedian Robin Williams elicited a worldwide response of shock and disbelief that someone who brought so much laughter to the world for so many years could have been so tormented that he would choose to end .

  • Lack of a plan speaks volumes about Obama

    Two world leaders recently made speeches about ISIS; one speech was spirited, well-crafted and uplifting, while the other was dispirited, confusing and upsetting. The speakers were British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama.  Cameron’s remarks show .

  • Is Brownback’s legacy Stegall?

    Gov. Sam Brownback recently intervened to ensure that Judge Caleb Stegall was on the short list of nominees for a Kansas Supreme Court appointment. This was an unusual step. Brownback then chose Stegall over the other nominees, even though he .

  • Patient well-being comes first

    Every day many Americans have to weigh how they spend each dollar — food or rent, electric bill or health care? For those who are uninsured or underinsured, medication often is sacrificed to cover the basic costs of day-to-day living, leading .

  • Obama’s foreign policy goes from bad to worse

    At times, I worry I have been too critical of President Barack Obama. Having served for years in the foreign policy bureaucracy, one realizes it is impossible for a president to avoid mistakes. Indeed, there are times presidents don’t .

  • Leadership program rewarding

    As student body president of Kansas State University, I am blessed to have many wonderful opportunities. Some highlights include monthly meetings with university President Kirk Schulz, serving on the K-State Alumni Board of Directors and being on the field for .

  • Motives aside, Clinton was right about Obama

    Hillary Clinton’s recent criticism of President Barack Obama did not come out of the blue. From various books and articles on the evolution of Obama’s foreign policy, it is clear that Clinton, along with Robert Gates, Leon Panetta .


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