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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 01, 2014

    Let’s talk about trans people

    “I am Manhattan.” This is such a simple phrase but it can mean so much. To say you are a part of something implies you are a member of a community. As in any com-munity, it does not mean you agree with each other, or

  • Columns | March 30, 2014

    Phelps’ news value dried up

    Ned seaton

    I was struck by an idea in an article about the late Fred Phelps published in The Mercury last Sunday. The upshot was twofold: First, that Phelps, the anti-gay law-yer/preacher who led Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka to worldwide infamy, had not only failed

  • Columns | March 30, 2014

    Putin is running up the score on Obama

    It is apparent that President Barack Obama does not understand foreign policy.  How-ever, Vladimir Putin does. This helps explain why Obama is ineffective and increasingly embarrassed by the Russian leader.  The events in Ukraine are only the latest in a long line of

  • Columns | March 25, 2014

    An evening conversation: snow job

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    So how are you liking spring so far? Still rummaging through the closet for those scarves and parkas you put away? Look, I’m trying to have a laugh with this, but… Doggone it, if I’d wanted to freeze non-stop, I’d have taken

  • Columns | March 23, 2014

    Chipotle’s tactics disturbing

    Chipotle has good food. Its prices are reasonable considering the generous portion size given.  So, straight up, I have no problem with the food Chipotle serves. However, what I don’t like and can’t quite reconcile in my mind is their propaganda. 

  • Columns | March 23, 2014

    Right or wrong, Putin is an opportunist

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea is not just a case of Vladimir Putin deciding one day to send troops in and make it part of Russia. That is part of what happened, but as an explanation, it is simplistic.  Putin has his own agenda,

  • Columns | March 21, 2014

    We must keep the sun shining

    Recent news reports that the Obama administration has compiled a dismal record of releasing government documents requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act — despite promises to be the most transparent administration in history — have not surprised press advocates who say accessing government information

  • Columns | March 19, 2014

    An evening conversation: Oops

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    By now you’re probably aware that Rep. Tim Huelskamp, our very own congressman, pretty much goofed while trying to give away some basketball tickets. What he did, in the name of college hoops and his own campaign war chest — was create a lottery. Just

  • Columns | March 15, 2014

    Most of Putin’s critics don’t understand him

    Given the important and visible role Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing at home and abroad, one would expect those who write and speak about him to take the time to learn something about the man.  Instead, some pundits on the right call him

  • Columns | March 14, 2014

    Medicaid expansion too costly

    There’s no such thing as “free” money” right? Those who support Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid in Kansas think there is. According to them, expanding the low-income health-care program will give Kansans the coverage they need at no cost to our state. It’s


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