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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | January 15, 2014

    Manhattan delivers yet again

    It often takes the entire Manhattan community for a K-State program to succeed. Sometimes the efforts and contributions of community members are less visible; support comes to KSU students every day, in many different forms. But sometimes, the community’s support is essential — critical even —

  • Columns | January 14, 2014

    An evening conversation: Paying it forward

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    EVERY SO often, people who put words together for a living will say: “Boy, that story was so good, it just wrote itself.” We don’t mean that literally. Well, hardly ever. Our chat tonight is one of those, the kind I’ve only had

  • Columns | January 12, 2014

    The attack on Volgograd and the Olympics

    The recent terrorist attacks on the main train station in Volgograd, followed two days later by one on a bus,  killed at least 28 and wounded 34 people, some critically..  Both bombers are believed to have been women; known in Russia as “black widows.” 

  • Columns | January 10, 2014

    An evening conversation: At the podium

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    The plan was to step up, grab a cordless microphone for easy wandering, check some notes and begin a friendly, post-lunch discussion. But before anything could happen, a lady tugged at my sleeve. She was smiling but determined to speak. “We really think you should

  • Columns | January 05, 2014

    Germans pull off a first: A female defense minister

    Dale R. Herspring Contributing Writer       To most observers it looked like Thomas de Maziere, son of one of Germany’s most famous post-World War II generals, would remain the country’s defense minister.  Most specialists on Germany would agree that he

  • Columns | December 31, 2013

    An evening conversation: It’s been awhile…

    Yes, I’m going to a party tonight – and thanks for asking. Unless you’re going to be listening to the same band and crowding in for precious floor space, you probably don’t care where I’m going or why. Fair enough. But there

  • Columns | December 28, 2013

    Trying to calm Russian concerns

    One of the most difficult things about dealing with the Russians is that they tend to see everything as a zero-sum game.  Furthermore, in many ways they are still captive to mind set of the Cold War.  By that, I mean everything we

  • Columns | December 26, 2013

    An evening conversation: Take the day off!

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    If you lived in Great Britain instead of eastern Kansas, you wouldn’t have had to work today. You’d probably like fish and chips, too, and wonder if dour Prince Charles actually will become king. But those are preferences to discuss another time, along

  • Columns | December 24, 2013

    An evening conversation: Hello darkness, my old friend

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    Perhaps we should start with a bit of historical perspective as we wait on the tow truck to come and drag away my car. No, it’s not stuck in a snow bank. Somehow, after surviving a blind, slippery drive home around midnight on Saturday,

  • Columns | December 24, 2013

    The meaning of Christmas

    In 1963, some 50 years ago, my husband Michael and I were living in Beirut, where he was doing his research for his PhD. His Palestinian family lived in Jordan, and like many, we wished to go home for the holidays. A friend of mine once asked


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