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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 26, 2013

    Marriage already well defined

    G.K. Chesterton, fond of paradoxes, said that the more we make a word mean, the less it means. When we say that we love people and pizza, we dilute the meaning of the word love. We devalue the currency. A recent victim of such

  • Columns | April 25, 2013

    Gruber touched countless lives

    Last Friday I returned to Manhattan for the unfortu-nate reason of attending the memorial service of a former colleague, Chris Gruber, director of development for the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State, who passed away in a plane accident on April 7. Chris and I began

  • Columns | April 23, 2013

    Brownback’s tax plan harmful

    Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature are in a bind. The official revenue estimate for fiscal 2014 is more than $600 million short of the governor’s recommended budget for the year. He must be desperate to find more revenue to keep his promise of maintaining

  • Columns | April 21, 2013

    A military-inclusive community

    For the past 16 years, I have shared the privilege and burden of helping shape Manhattan and Kansas State University into what I would argue is the most military-inclusive community in the country.  The best evidence for me is when a newly arrived Fort Riley

  • Columns | April 21, 2013

    Economy is Putin’s focus in Germany

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Germany was notable for a number of reasons. First, he shrugged off German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s expression of concern over his crackdown on non-governmental institutions. Second, his visit was an indication of how important Russia’s

  • Columns | April 19, 2013

    Liberal arts is a field of study that produces thinkers

    “The average graduate leaves with $22,000 in debt and a diploma which may or may not translate into a real-world job.  This system would benefit from a discussion of return on investment.” -Rep. Nick Rhoades (R-Newton), Chair of the Kansas House Budget Committee Liberal arts

  • Columns | April 18, 2013

    Economic reforms are smart

    “For $41 million, you built a playoff … You won the exact same number of games that the Yankees won but the Yankees spent $1.4 million per win and you paid $260,000. I know you’re taking it in the teeth out there, but the first guy through the

  • Columns | April 17, 2013

    Let’s make a great city better

    Editor’s note: John Matta was elected Manhattan’s new mayor Tuesday. This, edited for length, is the text of his remarks. First, I want to thank outgoing commissioners Loren Pep-perd and Jim Sherow for their service. Both are former mayors and have given an

  • Columns | April 16, 2013

    Suicide stigma adds to grief

    I appreciate Dr. Palmer Meek’s recent effort to clarify the tragic death of Scott Marshall. I will always recall with great sadness the heartbreaking loss of a young man so filled with promise and potential. I understand the need to correct the misleading information

  • Columns | April 14, 2013

    Progress against sexual assault

    Over the past 20 years, the percentage of victims of rape and sexual assault who reported the assault to the police has increased from 28.8 percent in 1993 to 50 percent today. This is both an indication of how far we’ve come and a reminder of how far


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