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Opinion - Columns

  • 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

  • Columns | March 06, 2014

    An evening conversation: a fine place to be

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    We are in the process of hiring a reporter. No, this isn’t a want ad — unless, of course, you’re a gifted writer/reporter with years of newspaper experience and a burning desire to follow the exploits of local law enforcement. (If you do

  • Columns | March 03, 2014

    Rethink city-KSU fund process

    The City-University Projects Fund was established on June 30, 1994. The fund was part of the annexation agreement that included KSU in the city limits. The logic was based on the following: 1. The university purchases water and sewer service from the city. 2. The city constructed a fire

  • Columns | March 01, 2014

    Obama badly needs a realistic foreign policy

    Our foreign policy is bankrupt. Leaders around the world who once respected and even feared us now hold the United States in contempt. Our allies would not use such terms, but it is clear that most of them have ceased to count on American leadership.

  • Columns | March 01, 2014

    Kansas is going nowhere

    What accounts for the enthusiasm our political leaders have for being moral busybodies, anti-government enthusiasts and fiscal fantasists? They have the support of an energetic minority of conser-vative middle- and lower-middle class, mostly male, mostly em-ployed adult Kansans who vote for the dream of improving

  • Columns | February 28, 2014

    An evening conversation: want to be an author?

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    It’s not the type of situation made for a long conversation. Imagine a snapshot here: An author is signing books at a store, or perhaps in a mall. There is a lengthy line of folks with copies held open to the proper spot, all

  • Columns | February 26, 2014

    An evening conversation: Harold and Del

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    Harold Ramis created the vocabulary that guys my age use to connect with each other. Believe it or not, that vocabulary has a Manhattan connection – and it’s not just that my buddies and I watched his movies so often that we can recite them

  • Columns | February 26, 2014

    Clowns at play in the Capitol

    The recent wire service story took on an ominous tone: the United States is facing a clown shortage. “What’s happening is attrition,” said the head of the Clowns of America Interna-tional. “The older clowns are passing away.” This is no laughing matter.  Where


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