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  • Mental health challenges await

    On Thursday, April 24, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Month in Kansas.  He released a statement through the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services saying, “We are here today to remind Kansans that .

  • An evening conversation: goodbye, pal Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    There is another breakup coming in my life. Yep, another piece of technology — lifeblood and lifestyle of the 21st century — must endure a divorce for my own piece of mind. And to keep me from confusing my friends any further. .

  • Situation in Ukraine grows more dangerous

    The situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, and resolving the crisis in a manner that will serve Ukrainian, Russian and American interests is increasingly difficult. A couple of things are clear. First, Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the key cards. .

  • An evening conversation: no joke Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    At first it seemed like maybe KDOT was a having a laugh. That’s the Kansas Department of Transportation, in case you’re visiting from another country. Bulgaria, maybe, or Mississippi. Anyhow, you know those temporary highway warning signs that .

  • Earth Day personal to farmers

    How much do you appreciate the earth? Whether you believe our world to be 4 billion years old or less than 10,000 years, we live together on a planet full of beauty and resources that sustain us. As our population continues to .

  • Abolishing tenure a bad move

    Earlier this month, the Kansas Legislature jumped into a heated national debate: teacher tenure. Challenging tenure and the unions that defend it has been the subject of academic research, recent books, popular films like “Freedom Writers” and “Waiting for Superman,” .

  • Putin still the aggressor as West mostly watches

    The United States and NATO must come up with a tough policy if they hope to deflect Russian President Vladimir Putin from taking over the eastern part of Ukraine.    Ethnicity is a major problem in Ukraine. Most residents consider .

  • Regents’ draft policy well done

    Dear Board of Regents: We write to offer strong support for the joint working group’s revision of the Kansas Board of Regents’ social media policy. The revised policy is laudable in several ways.   First, it recognizes the unique and .

  • A weary Kerry has reason to feel frustrated

    I doubt anyone in the U.S. government is more frustrated and exhausted than Secretary of State John Kerry.    Some diplomatic problems are extremely difficult. That’s especially true when one or both sides of an issue are not .

  • Reality tests ‘Ministry of Truth’

    Aides to Gov. Sam Brownback have been working overtime this past month to counteract a flurry of reports contrary to the governor’s point of view on the Kansas economy and state finance. The aides’ work brings to mind the .

  • Ending child abuse…

    By the time you finish reading this article, more than 30 cases of child abuse will have been reported to authorities nation-wide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000. And four of those children will die at the .

  • 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 .


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