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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | July 21, 2013

    U.S. still searching for a policy for Egypt

    The United States faces a major decision regarding which side to support in Egypt: the army or the ousted Moham-med Morsi and the Muslim brotherhood. Unfortunately, any decision the Obama administration makes could backfire. On the surface, the choice would appear straightforward: because Morsi was

  • Columns | July 19, 2013

    What is conservatism, really?

    About a month ago, a contributor asked “What is Conservatism” in a letter to the editor. Webster’s Dictionary defines a conservative as “one who favors traditional views and values.”  The writer was right when he said that many claim to know what it

  • Columns | July 18, 2013

    Let’s revive Arts in the Park

    What a fantastic evening Saturday was in City Park. Kansas State’s Union Program Council partnered with Fort Riley’s Morale Welfare and Recreation and Manhattan’s Parks and Recreation to produce a phenomenal night of music at The Little Apple Music Festival. Fantastic music,

  • Columns | July 17, 2013

    Practices can save water, money

    Cathie Lavis Contributing Writer Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association (IA) initiative designed to increase awareness of efficient outdoor water-use practices. At the root of this initiative is education about water-saving products, practices and services. The Irrigation Association is the leading membership organiza-tion for

  • Columns | July 16, 2013

    Curtail NSA bulk data collection

    The recent National Security Agency data collection revelations have created some surprising political bedfellows, both in support of, and in opposition to the secret surveillance programs. Bills have been proposed calling for the programs to be curtailed or, at least, illuminated. We trust that before

  • Columns | July 15, 2013

    Youth continue to need support

    I have received several calls from UFM constituents as a result of the implication in the Wednesday, July 10, Manhattan Mercury that the city was recommending a $20,000 cut to UFM. In fact, the SSAB request UFM Community Learning Center made was for $3,000 to continue funding a

  • Columns | July 14, 2013

    U.S. must decide on a policy for Egypt

    I can’t think of any policy issue the United States has faced in recent times more explosive than the turmoil in Egypt.  I also cannot think of a more difficult and sensitive issue for the Obama administration. It’s im-portant for President Barack

  • Columns | July 12, 2013

    GOP imperils Kansas finances

    “I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” —Thomas Jefferson The radical Republicans who now rule Kansas

  • Columns | July 08, 2013

    Why don’t our leaders do more?

    The Sunday Mercury editorial weighed my tasks of public service, private employment and personal life. I will not engage in a public discourse on the latter, two but we can talk one on one if you wish. In short, I challenge your readers to consider

  • Columns | July 07, 2013

    A look back at the future of farming

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    It’s here, all right. Tomorrow may never come, but the future did arrive. To explain briefly, in my 25 years of covering agriculture for two Kansas daily newspapers and 15 more writing this column since on my own, I attended scores of meetings, ranging from field


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