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  • Columns | December 13, 2013

    It’s not always a wonderful life

    In the 1946 Frank Capra classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” small-town banker George Bailey discovers what a disaster the town of Bedford Falls would have become were it not for his 40-year presence as a decent, generous, selfless individual. It’s a timeless, romantic story,

  • Columns | December 12, 2013

    An evening conversation: peace or chaos?

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    He was known worldwide for bringing justice to a land where it seemed impossible. But those who best knew Nelson Mandela prefer to tell stories about the joy of the man himself — and especially his sense of humor. One can only imagine, then, that Mandela

  • Columns | December 08, 2013

    The real reasons for this season

    ’Tis the season to be jolly. Candy canes and holly. Yule logs and eggnog. Dangling mistletoe. One-horse sleigh bells jing-jing-jingle. Good Saint Nick climbs up on the housetop and down through the chimney. Carolers sing of silver bells and a red-nosed reindeer. Shortly after Halloween,

  • Columns | December 08, 2013

    Ukraine casts its lot with Russia

    Ukraine, am eastern European country that is often below our radar, is playing an increasingly important role between Russia and the rest of Europe. For hundreds of years, Ukraine was part of Russia and later of the Soviet Union. In may ways it is very

  • Columns | December 06, 2013

    Diplomacy has had its chances

    All my life I have heard “Give diplomacy a chance.” I am 68 years old and a Vietnam veteran. Let’s list all these times, if I can remember them all, when we heard “Give diplomacy a chance.” I am sure I’ll miss some. 1. North

  • Columns | December 05, 2013

    An evening conversation: room at the inn?

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    Emily Wagner had a good news, bad news kind of week. The executive director of the Manhattan Emergency Shelter appeared before city commissioners Tuesday night, asking that a loan balance of $54,000 be forgiven. The original loan of $135,000 was granted in 2008, in order to fund construction

  • Columns | December 05, 2013

    ‘Mac’ honored Warriors Creed

    Dale Fitzke Contributing Writer America lost a true hero on Nov. 27. Earl “Mac” McClung, a member of the famed Band of Brothers of World War II, passed away at his home in Pueblo West, Colo. Mac had served as a scout for Easy Company, 2nd

  • Columns | December 04, 2013

    TANF money is well invested

    The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) has many important responsibilities, including overseeing state and federal funds that serve our mission to protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility. In recent weeks, DCF has been criticized for maintaining a healthy reserve in

  • Columns | December 02, 2013

    KSU’s multicultural challenge

    I read with considerable interest the article on diversity in the Dec. 24 Mercury, and it seemed to provoke more questions than answers. Diversity and affirmative act-ion are terms that are confusing to many of us who do not deal with them professionally. With a little

  • Columns | December 01, 2013

    Be wary, but give Iran nuclear deal a chance

    At last we have an agreement with Iran that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry consider a positive step in limiting Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb. Others, convinced that Iran will cheat, are not so optimistic. I am somewhere in

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