Opinion - Columns

  • 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

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    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

  • Columns | March 15, 2014

    Most of Putin’s critics don’t understand him

    Given the important and visible role Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing at home and abroad, one would expect those who write and speak about him to take the time to learn something about the man.  Instead, some pundits on the right call him

  • Columns | March 14, 2014

    Medicaid expansion too costly

    There’s no such thing as “free” money” right? Those who support Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid in Kansas think there is. According to them, expanding the low-income health-care program will give Kansans the coverage they need at no cost to our state. It’s

  • Columns | March 12, 2014

    An evening conversation: Ah, survival

    Did you make it through the ordeal? Are you feeling OK? Any need to see a doctor, change your will or look for a new job? Whew… Glad we’re all still here, frisky as ever, and fit enough to trudge forward with no serious

  • Columns | March 10, 2014

    ‘Now, for the rest of the story’

    Not long ago Gov. Sam Brownback was in Washington, D.C. boasting at a national political conference that when he took office, Kansas was broke, with just $876.05 in its bank account, but that through his leadership the state now had $700 million in reserve. Given the

  • Columns | March 08, 2014

    Obama’s cuts would diminish our military

    There are at least two points of view on President Barack Obama’s decision to cut the U.S. military. Some observers contend that this is a normal process in the aftermath of a major war. Fewer men and women in uniform will be needed,

  • Columns | March 07, 2014

    Soy collaboration is paying off

    When I was a student at K-State, I planned on a career helping to feed the world. I never anticipated that job would bring me back to my alma mater to meet with people from Pakistan. The university’s International Grains Program and the Ameri-can


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