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  • Columns | September 25, 2013

    Protect residential mail service

    There have been two very different pieces of legislation introduced in the US Senate that propose reforms to the US Postal Service’s business model. On Thursday, the Senate committee that oversees the Postal Service will hold its second hearing on one of them. Senate

  • Columns | September 24, 2013

    Cameron: an evening conversation

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    Do you remember a TV show called “Saving Grace”? It ran on TNT from 2007 through 2010, and one reviewer offered this plot summary: “An angel offers a jaded Oklahoma City police detective a chance to redeem her life.” Some life, too. David Hinckley of the New

  • Columns | September 23, 2013

    Seaton: an evening conversation

    Ned seaton

    Two quick stories that tell you a little about Manhattan: FIRST STORY: We had just wrapped up an edition of the paper one day last week when I saw a familiar face at the front counter. It was Abdu Durar, a guy I’ve known

  • Columns | September 22, 2013

    Putin is running diplomacy regarding Syria

    Leading from the rear can be dangerous. When a country vacates the leadership position, it doesn’t take long for another country to step in. That is what has happened in the Syrian crisis. The United States is no longer calling the shots.  If

  • Columns | September 20, 2013

    We can give someone new life

    In the spring of 2012, my niece was placed on the organ transplant list. She needed a kidney. For two years, dialysis was a part of her life for three days each and every week. This took its toll and left her weak, nauseated and unable

  • Columns | September 19, 2013

    Cameron: An evening conversation

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    Sometimes we learn things in the oddest ways. My recent lesson started with a gas cap. You know, those things you screw back on your car’s gas tank after you’ve spent about $60 on a partial fill-up. OK, so somehow I wound up needing

  • Columns | September 17, 2013

    An evening converation

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    IT’S HARD to believe that Theresa Vail ever was bullied. And yet her life once became so terrifying, she thought about suicide. You’ve probably been reading or hearing all about the upbeat, competitive, bow-hunting, rifle-shooting, tattoo-proud Miss Kansas — and how she’s become

  • Columns | September 15, 2013

    Putin makes Obama look like an amateur

    Having studied Russia for more than 50 years, I never thought I would say that a Russian leader has outsmarted a United States president. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. When it comes to foreign policy, the most important element behind any leader is credibility.&

  • Columns | September 14, 2013

    USDA is holding farmers back

    Recent flooding in south-central Kansas, only one summer removed from a historic drought, is the perfect example of the unpredictable — and uncontrollable — challenges farmers face every growing season. For the past 20 years, I’ve farmed in Pottawatomie and Jackson counties, doing my best to manage

  • Columns | September 13, 2013

    Welfare is the goal for millions

    There are many negatives about the Obama administration and the president’s quest to “transform America.” There is one that I believe is the most egregious and will be his legacy. Why the worst? Because his policies and programs on welfare are destroying the American


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