Opinion - Columns

  • 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,

  • Columns | May 16, 2014

    We don’t know what we can’t say

    When the Kansas Board of Regents unanimously approved minor on Wednesday revisions to its policy that lets a university fire a staff or faculty member for intemperate use of social media, it did so with enough information to know that it was implementing poor policy.

  • Columns | May 15, 2014

    Let’s deal with climate change

    This letter is in response to the misleading and obstructionist column by Nicholas Loris of the Heritage Foundation on climate change. The time is long past to accept the reality of the human impact on climate change and begin to seriously engage the dual problems

  • Columns | May 11, 2014

    White House back on the spot with Benghazi

    For over a year, the Obama administration has done its best to blur the truth about events surrounding the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.  When the consulate

  • Columns | May 09, 2014

    Jenkins and paycheck fairness

    In mid-April, 2nd District Rep. Lynn Jenkins was in Topeka celebrating the success of a local woman entrepreneur. During an event at the entrepreneur’s company,  Jenkins spoke about the Paycheck Fairness Act, the legislative charade of the moment in the U.S. Senate

  • Columns | May 07, 2014

    Academic freedom invaluable

    We, the students, faculty and staff of Kansas State University, oppose the implementation of the Social Media Policy to be considered at the May 2014 meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents. The original policy, unveiled in December 2013, was seriously flawed as well as unnecessary; the

  • Columns | May 06, 2014

    Marriage equality is a civil right

    I see a sign as I go around Manhattan these days. Many of us see this sign in the faces of people who live here and around the world. It says there can be love in all our hearts and in our actions. This is


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