Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | October 20, 2013

    Welfare fraud spreads with EBT cards


    The food stamps have been replaced by Electronic Benefit Transfer cards that ended checkout lane shame, supposedly, and helped users buy virtually everything else in the store non-welfare recipients enjoy. Fast, private, plastic. Pretty nifty. But wait. There’s more. The EBT magic failed to

  • Columns | October 18, 2013

    An evening conversation: Salaam

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    There are a lot of good reasons to reasons to live in Manhattan. If I were forced to list them, however, I’d start with proximity to a major university — and in particular, access to discussion and debate over everything from a running quarterbacks to

  • Columns | October 18, 2013

    Harvest is a busy time on farms

    Agriculture gets into your bloodstream the way any passion stirs your heart. You breathe it in and it somehow enriches, excites and sustains you. Daily contact with farming and livestock places you in a world unlike any other. It is one that offers an outdoor

  • Columns | October 16, 2013

    An evening conversation: He bowls overhand

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    Surely most of you watch football on TV. Wildcats? Big 12? Chiefs? Well, the most spectacular performer of the past few seasons hasn’t been wearing a helmet. In fact, he’s not even on the field. If you’re REALLY a sports junkie, you’ve

  • Columns | October 16, 2013

    Let’s launch KSU students to class

    A city with an overpass for cows needs to do a better job getting KSU students from Goodnow Hall across Denison Avenue and to class. There’s a traffic light at Denison Avenue and Claflin Road and two yellow warning signals in the next block

  • Columns | October 15, 2013

    An evening conversation: Still life

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    Government shutdown got you down? Debt limit politics raising your blood pressure? I’ve got a suggestion: Head to Bishop Stadium at CiCo Park and catch a ballgame. It’s like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting. You’ll feel better. I’ve been to

  • Columns | October 14, 2013

    An evening conversation: Cheers, Toto!

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    Sure, we’re a day late, but let’s raise a glass to Dorothy, her lovable pooch and even that ghastly witch. Happy anniversary, gang! It was 75 years ago Sunday that shooting began on “The Wizard of Oz,” and it’s safe to say that

  • Columns | October 13, 2013

    Talks with Iran are important for all parties

    President Barack Obama’s discussions with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — the first direct contact between Iran and the United States since 1979 — can be seen either as an opening for diplomatic progress or as simply more stalling tactics. In any case, they are of more

  • Columns | October 11, 2013

    An evening conversation: week or weak?

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    There are weeks. And then there are weeks that seem so odd, bizarre, surprising, strange, exciting, discouraging, or all of the above…that all you can do is blink your eyes and say… Call me on Saturday. EXHIBIT 1: I was really, really close to catching

  • Columns | October 09, 2013

    An evening conversation: Stop whining

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    It happens every time. Mention one of Lewis Grizzard’s famously crazy book titles and it’s a gold-plated guarantee that some kind of wacky discussion will break out. I opened that door in Monday’s Mercury, making a passing reference to Grizzard’s book, “

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