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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | July 11, 2014

    Understanding Ukraine’s conflict

    The root cause of Ukraine’s recent regime change is a result of a geopolitical battle fought between the European Union and Russia. The internal conflict in Ukraine is a consequence of chronic corruption, impoverishment and an ethnic division that was polarized by nationalist parties

  • Columns | July 10, 2014

    Teaching requires dedication

    I may be the wrong person to respond to the Sunday editorial, “Teaching changes can be beneficial,” as I began my teaching career as one of the “unlicensed and untrained individuals” KNEA spokesman Marcus Baltzell referred to. Fortunately, for me and for at least some

  • Columns | July 07, 2014

    Licensing law a ‘smoke screen’

    Regarding Sunday’s editorial, “Teaching changes can be beneficial,” the subtitle is, “New law addresses shortages in rural areas,” which it does not do. There is the possibility that the new law may indeed provide some needed improvement to education in Kansas, but that is

  • Columns | July 06, 2014

    Revisit city discrimination policy

    Our country has made significant strides in the equal treatment of LGBT individuals. One year ago the Supreme Court ruled that The Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and weekly we read of rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in states from coast to coast.

  • Columns | July 06, 2014

    China’s military is becoming a force in Pacific

    The modernization and expansion of China’s military is an issue of deep and growing concern to U.S. policymakers. China realizes that to expand its influence in the South China Sea, it needs a larger navy. Likewise, if it wants to fend off potential

  • Columns | July 04, 2014

    Economic dimensions overlooked

    Noah Feldman, in the July 1 Op-Ed column, “Conservatives keep the faith in Hobby Lobby case,” does yeoman service in presenting the political and religious issues involved in the Supreme Court’s decision to allow at least some companies to withhold coverage for certain kinds of

  • Columns | July 03, 2014

    Candor lacking on state budget

    Kansas tax revenues continue their decline below projections — another $28 million in June. Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan is still trying to use the impact of federal tax law on capital gains to justify the $338 million Kansas revenue shortfall at the end of the 2014 fiscal year

  • Columns | July 01, 2014

    Wildcat Creek conundrum

    For those of you who like word puzzles and problems, consider the following: We have a bathtub with a capacity of 150 gallons (yes, it’s a big tub; the old cast iron type with the “claw and ball” feet), and the tap to this tub

  • Columns | June 29, 2014

    Iraq situation: Who is at fault?

    For one who has been inside the foreign policy bureaucracy, one of the more frustrating aspects of a situation like the current one in Iraq is the use of often silly talking points used by whomever is in power to explain why the current crisis

  • Columns | June 22, 2014

    Property taxpayers take a hit

    Property taxes are on track to increase by more than $400 million statewide during Gov. Sam Brownback’s term in office. This substantial increase, however, masks a more dramatic jump in property taxes across rural Kansas. For example, from 2010 to 2013, property taxes in rural counties increased


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