Columns

  • President’s West Point speech disappointing

    President Barack Obama’s recent speech at West Point was eagerly awaited. His foreign policy has been confusing at best, and disastrous at worst. From North Korea to Syria, U.S. foreign policy appears to have little or no logic .

  • Manhattan’s history: memories and thoughts

    It is always good to come home to Manhattan, where 80 years ago next August I came into this world at Parkview Hospital. The building, built in 1907, still stands across the street from the northeast corner of City Park, but as .

  • Roy appreciated fellow Kansans

    About six weeks ago my father’s last column was published. In it, he shared that he would be on hiatus while undergoing medical treatment. He was hoping to have been discharged from local cardiac rehab and was planning to .

  • Kansas political season upon us

    Congress’ public approval rating could hardly get lower, hovering around 10 percent while disapproval numbers top 70 percent. Voters have been in a “throw-the-bums-out” mood for years, yet incumbent re-election rates stay above 90 percent. Primary challenges in other states have been unsuccessful .

  • Putin’s masterstroke is a blow to Obama, U.S.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has done it again. While Vice President Joe Biden was in Ukraine offering Kiev aid and President Barack Obama was being called “Mr. Passive” by a Washington Post writer, Putin pulled off what is arguably the .

  • Today could be Ukraine’s day of reckoning

    Today, May 25, is one of the most important dates for the future of Ukraine as well as East-West relations. Today Ukraine is supposed to hold its presidential election. If it is held, and if it reflects the will of all .

  • What do Republicans believe?

    I have been called many things for my commentary on Kansas politics over the past four years, but rarely have I been labeled a Republican. I now publicly confess that I am indeed a lifelong, card-carrying Republican, born and raised .

  • Obama still doesn’t have a strategy for Russia

    Our relations with Russia are both complicated and dangerous. If we are too aggressive with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, we could end up with a war. Yet if we continue our policy of pin pricks, we risk further .

  • We don’t know what we can’t say

    When the Kansas Board of Regents unanimously approved minor on Wednesday revisions to its policy that lets a university fire a staff or faculty member for intemperate use of social media, it did so with enough information to know that .

  • Let’s deal with climate change

    This letter is in response to the misleading and obstructionist column by Nicholas Loris of the Heritage Foundation on climate change. The time is long past to accept the reality of the human impact on climate change and begin to .

  • White House back on the spot with Benghazi

    For over a year, the Obama administration has done its best to blur the truth about events surrounding the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on .

  • Jenkins and paycheck fairness

    In mid-April, 2nd District Rep. Lynn Jenkins was in Topeka celebrating the success of a local woman entrepreneur. During an event at the entrepreneur’s company,  Jenkins spoke about the Paycheck Fairness Act, the legislative charade of the moment .


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