Tuesday, June 30, 2015



Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | July 05, 2013

    Kansas has been wonderful to us

    Joseph.aistrup

    Au revoir.  This is my last commentary, at least for a while. I am leaving Kansas.  I was born and spent my formative years in Winfield. I also met and married my wife, Shelley, there. Both of us graduated from Fort Hays State

  • Columns | June 30, 2013

    Spat is anti-Obama at its core

    Leo Strauss coined the phrase reductio ad Hitlarum to describe the logical fallacy of tying one’s opponent to Adolph Hitler by ridiculous means: a special kind of reductio ad absurdum. For example: Hitler was evil. Hitler had a mustache. Therefore, mustaches are evil! Hitler

  • Columns | June 30, 2013

    Obama is no heavy hitter in foreign policy

    Watching President Barack Obama in Asia and Europe, it seems he is either out of his element when it comes to dealing with some of the world’s problems or doesn’t take it seriously. Prior to his European visit, he met with Chinese leader

  • Columns | June 30, 2013

    Politicizing the farm bill debate

    Jimsuber2

    Remember the old Rice Krispies breakfast cereal threesome, Snap, Crackle and Pop? My two sisters and I liked those puppet characters named for the cereal’s auditory freshness (supposed by marketing types). I was Crackle, because I like he was in the middle and he

  • Columns | June 26, 2013

    It’s not just another auditorium

    The Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance would like to express its concern regarding the plans to dismantle Peace Memorial Auditorium.  When the City Commission discussed the matter during the June 4 meeting, missing from the information city staff provided to commissioners was anything about the

  • Columns | June 25, 2013

    A $60,000 raise is outrageous

    I am writing in response to the article in the June 21-22 Mercury about the pay of KSU President Kirk Schulz. I hope I am not the only one who is outraged that the president of a public university received a $60,000 raise. According to the

  • Columns | June 24, 2013

    Judge dishonored his position

    My 14-year-old son, Tyler Dowling, was the victim of homicide in April 2011. I learned firsthand what having a life robbed from you feels like: the anguish of going to court, seeing my son’s killer, his family talking with him and laughing with him and

  • Columns | June 23, 2013

    After the bluster, North Korea cries ‘Uncle’

    For once, the Obama administration and its friends held the line and guess what: the adversary backed down. No, the North Koreans did not stop their efforts to develop nuclear weapons, but they were forced to back down on their many threats — actions that raised

  • Columns | June 23, 2013

    Tall tales about brome grass

    Jimsuber2

    Even though experts now predict the 2013 Kansas wheat crop to nose barely above a mere 300 million bushels — this boosted in many places by timely rains and long absent rains this spring—harvest is still a time for festival-like thinking and feelings. A real festival celebrating

  • Columns | June 21, 2013

    Court’s been tough on Kobach

    Protests against Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s immi-gration agenda reached his doorstep recently. A group advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants protested on Ko-bach’s front porch, prompting him to suggest future protests could be met with a report of gunfire.  Substantively, however, Ko-bach suffered


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