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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | October 24, 2013

    An evening conversation: It’s safe, really

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    My fiancé is in town for an extended visit, which naturally knocks daily life a bit upside down. First night… “Oh, my God! Someone’s shooting in the parking lot.” No, dear. Those are machine guns and artillery shells, but they’re way over at

  • Columns | October 22, 2013

    An evening conversation: where?

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    My boss lives in the same general direction from The Mercury office as I do, so the question seemed pretty straightforward. “What’s the fastest way to get over to the west side of Manhattan?” His confident expression, the kind you see from longtime residents,

  • Columns | October 20, 2013

    Egypt, Russia try to control radical Islam

    It is interesting that all states have decided to oppose radical Islam and have taken similar actions to control it. Almost all governments around the world feel threatened by it. Despite their many differences this is true both of Russia and — believe or not — Egypt.

  • Columns | October 20, 2013

    Welfare fraud spreads with EBT cards

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    The food stamps have been replaced by Electronic Benefit Transfer cards that ended checkout lane shame, supposedly, and helped users buy virtually everything else in the store non-welfare recipients enjoy. Fast, private, plastic. Pretty nifty. But wait. There’s more. The EBT magic failed to

  • Columns | October 18, 2013

    An evening conversation: Salaam

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    There are a lot of good reasons to reasons to live in Manhattan. If I were forced to list them, however, I’d start with proximity to a major university — and in particular, access to discussion and debate over everything from a running quarterbacks to

  • Columns | October 18, 2013

    Harvest is a busy time on farms

    Agriculture gets into your bloodstream the way any passion stirs your heart. You breathe it in and it somehow enriches, excites and sustains you. Daily contact with farming and livestock places you in a world unlike any other. It is one that offers an outdoor

  • Columns | October 16, 2013

    An evening conversation: He bowls overhand

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    Surely most of you watch football on TV. Wildcats? Big 12? Chiefs? Well, the most spectacular performer of the past few seasons hasn’t been wearing a helmet. In fact, he’s not even on the field. If you’re REALLY a sports junkie, you’ve

  • Columns | October 16, 2013

    Let’s launch KSU students to class

    A city with an overpass for cows needs to do a better job getting KSU students from Goodnow Hall across Denison Avenue and to class. There’s a traffic light at Denison Avenue and Claflin Road and two yellow warning signals in the next block

  • Columns | October 15, 2013

    An evening conversation: Still life

    Ned seaton

    Government shutdown got you down? Debt limit politics raising your blood pressure? I’ve got a suggestion: Head to Bishop Stadium at CiCo Park and catch a ballgame. It’s like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting. You’ll feel better. I’ve been to

  • Columns | October 14, 2013

    An evening conversation: Cheers, Toto!

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    Sure, we’re a day late, but let’s raise a glass to Dorothy, her lovable pooch and even that ghastly witch. Happy anniversary, gang! It was 75 years ago Sunday that shooting began on “The Wizard of Oz,” and it’s safe to say that


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