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  • 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

  • Columns | June 01, 2014

    Putin’s masterstroke is a blow to Obama, U.S.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has done it again. While Vice President Joe Biden was in Ukraine offering Kiev aid and President Barack Obama was being called “Mr. Passive” by a Washington Post writer, Putin pulled off what is arguably the biggest gas deal in history.&

  • Columns | May 25, 2014

    Today could be Ukraine’s day of reckoning

    Today, May 25, is one of the most important dates for the future of Ukraine as well as East-West relations. Today Ukraine is supposed to hold its presidential election. If it is held, and if it reflects the will of all Ukrainians, it will be a

  • Columns | May 20, 2014

    What do Republicans believe?

    I have been called many things for my commentary on Kansas politics over the past four years, but rarely have I been labeled a Republican. I now publicly confess that I am indeed a lifelong, card-carrying Republican, born and raised in Republican territory, rural Harper

  • Columns | May 18, 2014

    Obama still doesn’t have a strategy for Russia

    Our relations with Russia are both complicated and dangerous. If we are too aggressive with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, we could end up with a war. Yet if we continue our policy of pin pricks, we risk further convincing Russian President Vladimir Putin,


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