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  • An evening conversation: Home, sweet home Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    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, .

  • An evening conversation: the case for print Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    There are plenty of people making the case that newspapers are dying. And in truth, it wouldn’t take you long to find a tale of some famous old big-city newspaper that just slashed its staff by a hundred. The .

  • Farm life has much to teach

    From the first time we’re told to share our toys to the last shared moment of our lives, the world provides us with lessons. Despite one’s reputation, income level or geographic location, there is always something to discover .

  • There’s plenty of blame for Benghazi tragedy

    In the days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Americans were promised a full investigation and assured that those involved would be brought to justice. When the possibility of a cover-up was raised, President Barack .

  • Higher ed funding unsettled

    While Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback extolls the virtues of public post-secondary education, its price continues to climb and the Kansas general fund contributes less. The folks increasingly picking up the tab are parents and the students themselves who are begging .

  • An evening conversation: hoop heaven Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Let’s get one idea off the table right away: This little chat is not meant specifically as a slap at our friends up the Kaw at the University of Kansas. Recent events have put KU in the crosshairs, and .

  • An evening conversation: are we hooked? Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Here’s an interesting theory you hear more and more often these days — the idea that we’ve all become slaves to technology, that we’ve lost all touch with the old-fashioned way of life. Fascinating notion, eh? I thought .

  • King a multi-faceted leader

    It is right that we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is hard to name a more influential role player in Black America’s march toward full citizenship.  Unfortunately, our nation also participates in selective memory about the .

  • An evening conversation: lest we forget Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Matthew is 16 and lives in Overland Park. He is the son of my partner Melissa and – even accounting for some bias – I’ve got to say he’s a very bright kid. This past weekend, history buff Matthew was genuinely .

  • Who sets the 2014 agenda?

    Last Wednesday Gov. Sam Brownback laid out his state policy agenda in his State of the State address. Given that our very conservative Republican governor is paired with a similar legislature, one might reasonably assume that the chief executive can .

  • New questions about Obama’s lack of leadership

    The publication of segments of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ book, “Duty,” as well as comments by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal spark serious questions about President Obama’s leadership style.   I .

  • 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 .


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