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  • 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

  • Columns | May 04, 2014

    Private meeting with future saint memorable

    During more than 20 years as a Foreign Service officer, I had the opportunity to meet a wide variety of individuals, from President Ronald Reagan to Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev. My work brought me into contact with secretaries of State and Defense as well senior military

  • Columns | May 02, 2014

    Medicare ‘wars’ confuse patrons

    The political wars between Democrats and Republicans over Medicare have raged since Medicare’s inception in 1965. Democrats crafted Medicare to become a single payer system administered by the federal government. Republicans, who opposed the original Medicare bill, preferred a plan adminis-tered by private insurance companies

  • Columns | May 02, 2014

    Give Kansans a utility bill break

    Every time you flip on a light switch, it costs more than it should. It’s been this way since 2009, when the Legislature and Gov. Mark Parkinson forced the state’s utility companies to obtain 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2020. They called

  • Columns | April 30, 2014

    Mental health challenges await

    On Thursday, April 24, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Month in Kansas.  He released a statement through the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services saying, “We are here today to remind Kansans that mental illness is a common,


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