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  • 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

  • Columns | February 09, 2014

    Situation in Ukraine is explosive

    Recent events in Ukraine are dangerous and explosive, and could lead to a collapse of the current government and a major downturn in U.S.-Russian relations.  Ukraine, once part of the Soviet Union, is now independent, although that rankles many Russians who believe, at

  • Columns | February 07, 2014

    Don’t gut ‘net-metering’ law

    A serious effort is underfoot in the Kansas Legislature to drastically restructure how large utilities credit excess solar and wind electricity produced by their customers. Kansas was one of the last of the 43 states that now give 100-percent credit for excess renewable electricity to be

  • Columns | February 04, 2014

    An evening conversation: yeah, yeah, yeah

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    To be honest, it’s hard to think of just one way of introducing this subject. Dozens come straight to mind: personal memories, an anniversary coming up this Saturday, that massive effect on American culture… So where to start? Here’s a thought: Go grab

  • Columns | February 04, 2014

    MHK: Unlimited opportunities

    When most of us think of Manhattan Regional Airport, we think of a ride to Dallas, Chicago or until recently, Phoenix. These “rides” are partially tied to economic generators for the community, as business travelers and others can literally cross the globe once they get

  • Columns | February 02, 2014

    Poor will get little tax relief

    Overlooked because of the attention to declining Kansas tax revenues is the elimination of Kansas tax refunds that have traditionally been available to low-income families. There are surprises in store for many Kansans who apply for tax relief this year. Since 1978, Kansas has had a

  • Columns | February 02, 2014

    Sochi Olympics more than just sport to Putin

    Most of the commentary on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has focused on the danger of a terrorist attack. That danger is real. It is so real that Moscow has sent 40,000 security personnel, including special military forces, to the area. Indeed, security is such

  • Columns | January 31, 2014

    Brownback digging us into debt

    Rhetoric soared as Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his State of the State address in mid-January, but words can not mask the grim conditions ahead for Kansas as a result of his actions on state finance. The governor repeatedly invoked God, as well as “a Big

  • Columns | January 30, 2014

    Regents can, must do better

    I was raised in a family of five children. Our terminal de-grees range from construction engineering to theater to second-ary education to nutrition. My father was a corporate executive. He sold tires — lots of them. My mother was a geography teacher in middle school and

  • Columns | January 30, 2014

    An evening conversation: Home, sweet home

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    Yes, we’re a day late here — but Kansas has been around 153 years, so waiting 24 hours for my birthday wishes won’t exactly rock the state. Besides, this one comes straight from the heart. I grew up in northern California, so my friends back home


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