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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | October 06, 2013

    Merkel shows she’s in charge in Europe

    After watching Russian President Vladimir Putin take charge of the Syrian affair, it is worth noting that he has met his match in German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She and her party defeated other parties in a presidential election September 22. Germany has a multi-party system, and

  • Columns | October 04, 2013

    An evening conversation: Tweet, tweet

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    Are you hooked on Twitter yet? There are hundreds of people I know, or with whom I regularly communicate, who basically live on Twitter. They “tweet” news, or comment on it. They tweet thoughts, opinions and everything else under the sun. And to be fair,

  • Columns | October 04, 2013

    Individuals and organizations must be stewards of outdoors

    America’s hunters and anglers know firsthand the importance of being good stewards of our natural resources. Whether it is casting a fly over an Appalachian Brook Trout, struggling up a mountain side for a brief encounter with a grouse or driving to the coast

  • Columns | October 02, 2013

    Cameron: An evening conversation

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    Is there such a thing as “neighbor etiquette”? And if there are general rules for getting along with folks living nearby, are they different for apartment dwellers? See, I’m living in an apartment complex for the first time in quite a few years. Everyone

  • Columns | September 30, 2013

    Cameron: an evening conversation

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    Yes, I’m a little nervous, and thanks for asking. If you’ve seen any of the announcements tucked away at various places in the paper, you might have noticed that eventually I was going to step in as executive editor of the Mercury. It

  • Columns | September 29, 2013

    Russian ships ‘show the flag’

    It is amazing how the media ca blow things out of proportion, especially in a crisis. This is what happened as events in Syria were becoming more and more serious and dangerous. Take, for example, the Russian Navy. As events began to heat up in

  • Columns | September 27, 2013

    Cameron: an evening conversation

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    Perhaps you noticed a story this week about the Jarbeaux House, that historic little structure at Fourth and Bluemont. City officials are puzzled about what to do with the place. So I have a suggestion. How about turning it into a mini-hospital — you know, kind

  • Columns | September 27, 2013

    Need for food stamps is real

    Nearly one in 10 Kansans is enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new name for food stamps. The program was established decades ago with the help of Sen. Bob Dole. Over the past few months, Kansans in Washington like Rep. Tim Huelskamp and Sen.

  • Columns | September 25, 2013

    Protect residential mail service

    There have been two very different pieces of legislation introduced in the US Senate that propose reforms to the US Postal Service’s business model. On Thursday, the Senate committee that oversees the Postal Service will hold its second hearing on one of them. Senate

  • Columns | September 24, 2013

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    Do you remember a TV show called “Saving Grace”? It ran on TNT from 2007 through 2010, and one reviewer offered this plot summary: “An angel offers a jaded Oklahoma City police detective a chance to redeem her life.” Some life, too. David Hinckley of the New


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