Friday, November 27, 2015

Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | October 29, 2013

    Kobach’s claims exaggerated

    Few neighborhoods have a more storied, rough-and-tumble political history than Kansas City, Mo.’s Old Northeast, or “North End.” One of the city’s oldest, this community of historic homes remains a landing pad for immigrants, once from Italy, now from Mexico, Vietnam and Somalia.

  • Columns | October 27, 2013

    In the Arctic race, the Russians are in the lead

    For many years it has been believed that the Arctic has vast natural resources, but distances and especially the cold have prevented nations from operating there. Now, however, the polar icecap is melting, and Russia has decided to solidify its presence in the northern parts

  • Columns | October 25, 2013

    Kansans pay for governor’s bet

    If you are an employee in Kansas, you are paying Kansas income taxes. If you own a business, starting this year you are not paying Kansas income taxes on your business income. This includes manufacturers, retailers, doc-tors, lawyers, farmers and others whose business income is

  • Columns | October 24, 2013

    An evening conversation: It’s safe, really

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    My fiancé is in town for an extended visit, which naturally knocks daily life a bit upside down. First night… “Oh, my God! Someone’s shooting in the parking lot.” No, dear. Those are machine guns and artillery shells, but they’re way over at

  • Columns | October 22, 2013

    An evening conversation: where?

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    My boss lives in the same general direction from The Mercury office as I do, so the question seemed pretty straightforward. “What’s the fastest way to get over to the west side of Manhattan?” His confident expression, the kind you see from longtime residents,

  • Columns | October 20, 2013

    Egypt, Russia try to control radical Islam

    It is interesting that all states have decided to oppose radical Islam and have taken similar actions to control it. Almost all governments around the world feel threatened by it. Despite their many differences this is true both of Russia and — believe or not — Egypt.

  • 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    The food stamps have been replaced by Electronic Benefit Transfer cards that ended checkout lane shame, supposedly, and helped users buy virtually everything else in the store non-welfare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

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