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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | November 03, 2013

    Policy chaos results from lack of leadership

    Early in Barack Obama’s presidency, I wrote a number of articles praising aspects of his foreign policy decisions.  In the last two years, however, his lack of leadership has brought chaos to our foreign policy and invites contempt for our interests. Countries don’

  • Columns | November 01, 2013

    Make adoption process smoother

    Gov. Sam Brownback once made adoptions a public priority. Yet few major changes to Kansas’ broken adoption system have been enacted since he declared November as Kansas Adoption Month in 2011. In Ohio, by contrast, a movement is under way to make adoption easier; Brownback would

  • Columns | October 30, 2013

    One doctor’s tale of two states

    Hello, Kansas! I am a pediatrician from Rhode Island and am very proud to tell you that my daughter attends your fabulous veterinary school. (Go Wildcats!) She has been having won-derful experiences at K-State, but now, because she lives in Kansas, she is about to

  • Columns | October 29, 2013

    An evening conversation: rah, rah, rah

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    Kansas State University has a problem. However popular Willie the Wildcat might be, it just won’t do to have a burly mascot knocking someone to the turf as part of pregame festivities. Thank goodness the other member of the cheer squad involved in Saturday’

  • Columns | October 29, 2013

    Kobach’s claims exaggerated

    Few neighborhoods have a more storied, rough-and-tumble political history than Kansas City, Mo.’s Old Northeast, or “North End.” One of the city’s oldest, this community of historic homes remains a landing pad for immigrants, once from Italy, now from Mexico, Vietnam and Somalia.

  • Columns | October 27, 2013

    In the Arctic race, the Russians are in the lead

    For many years it has been believed that the Arctic has vast natural resources, but distances and especially the cold have prevented nations from operating there. Now, however, the polar icecap is melting, and Russia has decided to solidify its presence in the northern parts

  • Columns | October 25, 2013

    Kansans pay for governor’s bet

    If you are an employee in Kansas, you are paying Kansas income taxes. If you own a business, starting this year you are not paying Kansas income taxes on your business income. This includes manufacturers, retailers, doc-tors, lawyers, farmers and others whose business income is

  • 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.


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