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  • Columns | June 02, 2013

    Back in the old days

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    As Memorial Day weekend activities fade into…memory…it just so happens that a good friend found some old newspaper clippings used 63 years ago as backings for quilt squares. The newspaper squares happened to be from farm-related classified ads pertaining to the Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

  • Columns | May 27, 2013

    Internet tax: the whole picture

    Taxes. Like most folks, I hate paying them. Sales tax is one of the main ways we finance government, right or wrong. As a retailer, I collect those taxes. Now we are debating whether states should be able to collect tax on Internet sales. Early

  • Columns | May 26, 2013

    Hollande’s France is spiraling downward

    Things keep going from bad to worse for French President, Francois Hollande. His popularity has dropped to 27 percent — the lowest of any president of the Fifth Republic. The primary reason is the disastrous condition of the country’s economy. As a man in an unemployment

  • Columns | May 21, 2013

    Let’s resist plunging into Syria

    In a recent column, Dale Herspring called out Presi-dent Obama for drawing a “red line” on Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then not following through with action. “Unfortunately,” Herspring noted, “Obama’s refusal to follow-up on his threats dimin-ishes U.S. influence around

  • Columns | May 19, 2013

    U.S., Russia get together on Syrian war

    Having worked to understand and improve U.S.-Russian relations, I was surprised to see the agreement in Moscow by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding the conflict in Syria. The path to a negotiated end to

  • Columns | May 12, 2013

    Obama’s foreign policy struggles continue

    For most U.S. presidents, foreign policy has been a nuisance. Most were elected not because of their prowess in foreign affairs, but because of their domestic priorities. Foreign policy issues are dangerous to domestic policy because they are often unpredictable and because often there

  • Columns | May 10, 2013

    State firearms law in jeopardy

    The Kansas Legislature recently passed a law denying the federal government the right to enforce federal gun laws in Kansas. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the law is unconstitutional and the Kansas Legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach say

  • Columns | May 07, 2013

    Facts enrich gun discussions

    There has been a lot of discussion, including in The Mercury, about the issue of gun control. Much of it has been emotional rather than factual. Those against guns in general argue guns’ destructive power and how unsafe they feel in their presence. Those in

  • Columns | May 05, 2013

    Russian-U.S. relationship on the rise

    Foreign policy can sometimes seem to be irrational despite the efforts of academics and policy-makers to make it clear. It is surprising how often an unexpected or unrelated event can energize important aspects of foreign policy.  In the case of the United States and

  • Columns | May 03, 2013

    Facing mental health challenges

    May is National Mental Health Month. Pawnee Mental Health Services has provided community mental health services to individuals in 10 counties in north central Kansas for more than 56 years. The issue of mental health has recently received increased attention due to widely pub-licized events. Most recently


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