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Opinion - Columns

  • 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

  • Columns | February 24, 2014

    Kansas brand being tarnished

    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce had its annual meeting Friday evening. It is clear that the investment in economic development that began in the 1980s is now paying big dividends. Great strides have been made in Manhattan and other com-munities in Kansas. Manhattan’s list

  • Columns | February 23, 2014

    Obama picks incompetent ambassadors

    There has long been a battle between the White House and the State Department’s Foreign Service over ambassadorial appointments. The Foreign Service wants all ambassadors to be Foreign Service officers (FSOs), while presidents often want to reward supporters with ambassadorships. The Obama administration has

  • Columns | February 21, 2014

    Fracking is safe and beneficial

    Fear has become a principal means of directing public opinion away from the facts, and in the case of hydraulic fracturing, it is occurring with a well-known and historically acceptable process associated with recovering oil and natural gas from the earth. Fear of the unknown

  • Columns | February 19, 2014

    We don’t need vulgar chant

    In finishing his opinion piece about the “F-Bomb” chant at the recent K-State-KU basket-ball game, Jon Ungerer wrote, “I’m proud of my university AND its students and I hope this nonstory can just stop now.” I’m not aware of the buzz it took

  • Columns | February 17, 2014

    An evening conversation: Birthday? Whose?

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Yes, children, today is a legal holiday. More or less. If you enjoyed a day off school or slept until noon instead of doing your job at the bank, you’d probably say it was because of Presidents Day. The truth, though, is that this

  • Columns | February 16, 2014

    Victory, not chant, was the story

    We have had discussions at work about the K-State chant with the “F-bomb” at the KSU-KU basketball game, and after hearing about it on the radio and television and now reading the Mercury column, I’ve got to throw out my thoughts. Couple of points

  • Columns | February 16, 2014

    Is Russia using tradecraft to split U.S., E.U.?

    American diplomats are taught early to assume that unless they are using classified means of communication, they should assume that all of their official telephone conversations, Internet and other forms of communication are being bugged or hacked. This is pertinent now because of some decidedly

  • Columns | February 14, 2014

    Senate tinkers with fundraising

    Few developments have disrupted American democracy more than the party primary.  Forcing internal party disagreements into the open, stripping parties of their right to nominate candidates, encour-aging outside groups to take over the parties’ electoral roles and forcing divisions within parties are all byproducts

  • Columns | February 12, 2014

    One anti-KU cheer goes too far

    Ned seaton

    It’s time to drop the F-bomb. What I’m referring to is the use of that word in a chant used by K-State basketball fans at Bramlage Coliseum during Monday’s game against KU. It happened a couple times when fans were bouncing around


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