Columns

  • Polish worries about Russian Army linger

    Years ago when I spent two years at the American Embassy in Warsaw, I was reminded how much the Poles loathe both the Germans and the Russians. Many Poles had lived through World War II — the German invasion and brutal .

  • China remains the major problem for America

    Of all the foreign policy issues the next U.S. president must face, few are more dangerous than our relationship with China. Beijing calculated several years ago that the Obama administration’s protests were more talk than action, and so .

  • We’re losing our democracy

    I fervently hope I am wrong, but I fear the Mercury missed the point with its latest Trump editorial. Racist and xenophobic statements should be challenged, of course, but I’m afraid that the more important story is that the .

  • German-Turkish spat over Armenians volatile

    Many years ago, when as an undergraduate I studied the history of the Turkish part of the world, I thought, “How quaint, but who cares?” Then a week or so ago I was shocked to pick up the paper to .

  • Food labels and states’ rights

    Once upon a time, conservatives were quick to denounce federal power grabs at the expense of the states.  Bob Dole even said he carried a copy of the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment in his pocket — that being .

  • Target’s restroom policy proper

    As a board member of the Flint Hills Human Rights Project, I would like to express the board’s support of Target and its recent announcement reaffirming its longstanding trans-gender-friendly restroom and changing room policy. Equally encouraging was the CEO’.

  • Austria escapes a close call from right wing

    For most people, thoughts of Austria evoke images of Vienna with its Opera House or of picturesque Alpine villages.  Austrian politics seldom draw international attention, but Austria’s recent presidential election is worth a look.  Austria has a .

  • If schools were to shut down…

    With Friday’s Kansas Supreme Court decision regarding school funding, I am inclined to outline the potential impacts on Mill Creek Schools. The Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Kan-sas Legislature’s plan to address the equity or “.

  • North Korea yells, but nobody is listening

    For folks not paying attention, North Korea recently held the Seventh Party Congress of the ruling Workers’ Party, the first such gathering in 36 years. North Korea, which in recent years has been testing nuclear weapons and platforms from which to .

  • Risk of East-West confrontation in Europe grows

    While much attention has been focused on U.S. domestic matters, the situation on Russia’s border with NATO has been heating up. Conflict is not imminent, but the situation in that region has grown more tense. Those who lived .

  • Youth are a focus of mental health

    May is National Mental Health Month. During May, counties and cities throughout Pawnee Mental Health’s service area issue proclamations calling upon citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools to recommit their communities to increasing awareness and .

  • A discussion worth your time

    At the heart of the budget crisis in Kansas is public education. About two-thirds of the state’s budget goes to education. For those who want to shrink that budget, cuts to education are necessary and desirable. For supporters of .


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