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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 05, 2014

    Putin’s goals involve resurrecting the empire

    I have followed Russia President Vladimir Putin’s career since then-President Boris Yeltsin appointed him prime minister. Jake Kipp and I wrote one of the first academic articles on Putin, attempting to understand him, what he wanted for Russia and how far he was prepared

  • Columns | April 02, 2014

    Rule would protect wetlands

    Protecting streams and wet-lands in the Midwest under the Clean Water Act helps our communities and is vital to our health, safety and quality of life. Local rivers in Kansas — like the Kaw, Arkansas, Smoky Hill, Solomon, Neosho and Ninnes-cah — along with their network of

  • Columns | April 01, 2014

    Let’s talk about trans people

    “I am Manhattan.” This is such a simple phrase but it can mean so much. To say you are a part of something implies you are a member of a community. As in any com-munity, it does not mean you agree with each other, or

  • Columns | March 30, 2014

    Phelps’ news value dried up

    Ned seaton

    I was struck by an idea in an article about the late Fred Phelps published in The Mercury last Sunday. The upshot was twofold: First, that Phelps, the anti-gay law-yer/preacher who led Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka to worldwide infamy, had not only failed

  • Columns | March 30, 2014

    Putin is running up the score on Obama

    It is apparent that President Barack Obama does not understand foreign policy.  How-ever, Vladimir Putin does. This helps explain why Obama is ineffective and increasingly embarrassed by the Russian leader.  The events in Ukraine are only the latest in a long line of

  • Columns | March 25, 2014

    An evening conversation: snow job

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    So how are you liking spring so far? Still rummaging through the closet for those scarves and parkas you put away? Look, I’m trying to have a laugh with this, but… Doggone it, if I’d wanted to freeze non-stop, I’d have taken

  • Columns | March 23, 2014

    Chipotle’s tactics disturbing

    Chipotle has good food. Its prices are reasonable considering the generous portion size given.  So, straight up, I have no problem with the food Chipotle serves. However, what I don’t like and can’t quite reconcile in my mind is their propaganda. 

  • Columns | March 23, 2014

    Right or wrong, Putin is an opportunist

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea is not just a case of Vladimir Putin deciding one day to send troops in and make it part of Russia. That is part of what happened, but as an explanation, it is simplistic.  Putin has his own agenda,

  • Columns | March 21, 2014

    We must keep the sun shining

    Recent news reports that the Obama administration has compiled a dismal record of releasing government documents requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act — despite promises to be the most transparent administration in history — have not surprised press advocates who say accessing government information

  • Columns | March 19, 2014

    An evening conversation: Oops

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    By now you’re probably aware that Rep. Tim Huelskamp, our very own congressman, pretty much goofed while trying to give away some basketball tickets. What he did, in the name of college hoops and his own campaign war chest — was create a lottery. Just


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