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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 20, 2014

    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 themselves either Ukrain-ians or Russians.

  • Columns | April 16, 2014

    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 fundamental duty of public universities

  • Columns | April 13, 2014

    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 interested in solving the problem

  • Columns | April 11, 2014

    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 Ministry of Truth in George

  • Columns | April 06, 2014

    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 hands of their abuser. All

  • 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


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