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  • Columns | November 25, 2013

    An evening conversation: Just another day

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    There are zero shopping days left until my birthday. Just saying, you know? In truth, for a few years there was a serious side to carrying around this Nov. 25 birth date. We all were reminded of it again last weekend with a grim anniversary: President

  • Columns | November 24, 2013

    Russia OKs stunning new law

    I have seen great changes in Russia in the decades I have followed that country, but a recent law, one that took effect Nov. 15, has literally taken my breath away. If enforced, it will radically alter Russian life. I could list a thousand changes over

  • Columns | November 22, 2013

    Kansans cool to ‘experiment’

    Last year, Gov. Sam Brownback went on national television and boasted that he was leading Kansas through “a real live experiment” in taxing and spending. Recent surveys suggest that Kansans are skeptical, if not downright opposed, to where Brownback is taking them. Three statewide surveys

  • Columns | November 21, 2013

    An evening conversation: Brrrrrr…

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    A few years ago, I was approached by a headhunter. Instead of asking me about a particular open position, however, this gentleman opened our conversation with a rather startling question. “What would be your dream job?” he said. The funny thing is that I’ve

  • Columns | November 20, 2013

    End cuts, restore research funds

    The continuing federal budget battle is hurting biomedical research. If Congress does not stop sequestration, in 2014 alone, Kansas stands to lose $21.5 million in research funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means fewer jobs, fewer research discoveries and fewer patients treated with the

  • Columns | November 19, 2013

    An evening conversation: Yow!

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    Surely you’re familiar with the phrase “Do as I say, not as I do.” Well, here comes the classic, all-time case — where I strongly recommend that you do something that I’d probably refuse at gunpoint. In fact, I would run away screaming if

  • Columns | November 18, 2013

    Join the battle against hunger

    Amazing, isn’t it, how much our lives revolve around food? As the holidays approach, we’re reminded of the integral role that food plays, not only in our daily nourishment, but as the cornerstone of our social gatherings. Aside from love, food is the

  • Columns | November 17, 2013

    Medicaid mishandling shameful

    It’s rare that one can: (1) do good in policy terms; (2) do well financially; and (3) morally stand on the side of the angels. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature had just this opportunity earlier this year, and they blew it. The state could have

  • Columns | November 17, 2013

    Obama must be wary in dealings with Iran

    The recent meetings in Geneva involving the United States, Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China and Iran raise a number of thoughts. To begin with, negotiations are difficult undertakings, especially when seven countries are involved. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put it

  • Columns | November 17, 2013

    When will land market run end?


    In recent years, forgetting for the moment capital gains and estate taxes, land sales by farmers often have meant their landships have come in. That’s a play on an old saying from sailing ship days when owners felt rich when their “ships came in”

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