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  • 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

  • Columns | June 17, 2013

    Some questions for higher ed

    Year after year, despite un-changed or increased state funding, the six state-funded Kansas colleges increased tuition far above inflation with little scrutiny. Undergraduate tuition and fees at the six universities increased 137 percent between 2002 and 2012. Email me for tuition tables: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view

  • Columns | June 16, 2013

    Let’s consider the ‘Fieldhouse’

    There has been some discussion in the Mercury recently about a proposed indoor-outdoor sports facility. We all want to be responsible when talking about such a large project (so far being called the Fieldhouse). Accurate information is the best way to ensure that we make

  • Columns | June 16, 2013

    Good intelligence system is based on trust

    A good intelligence system is critical in a democracy. There are people in this world who do not like us and who will do anything to cause us harm. Our country is safe and secure only if our intelligence agencies work well. Intelligence in a

  • Columns | June 16, 2013

    Can’t avoid how food safety law affects farmers

    Jimsuber2

    It’s probably human nature to avoid certain topics as long as one can because we know those subjects will irk or annoy or anger either ourselves or others. So here are some bothersome things going on in agriculture right now I know I would

  • Columns | June 14, 2013

    Legislature spurns higher ed

    The recent outcry against the Kansas Legislature’s whack at higher education funding came too late to prevent a short-sighted and misguided assault on state-supported colleges and universities. Though Gov. Sam Brownback sought to maintain funding for higher ed, his conservative legislative majority did not

  • Columns | June 11, 2013

    Save our historic auditorium

    On June 4, Mayor John Matta and City Commissioners Wynn Butler, Usha Reddi and Rich Jankovich voted to trample on the graves of Riley County’s 101 Gold Star Veterans from World War II and dishonor 2,500 soldiers who returned by defacing the Peace Memorial Auditorium at City

  • Columns | June 09, 2013

    Why punish university students?

    Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Gov. Sam Brownback and posted on Facebook. I have been teaching for 23 years in the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. I have two degrees from K-State; I was an undergrad there when you were


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