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Opinion - Columns

  • 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

  • Columns | April 29, 2013

    The politics of Regents’ funding

    Gov. Sam Brownback has plans to visit all the Kansas Board of Regents universities. At every university, he reminds them that he proposed level funding, while the Kansas Legislature wants to cut them by either 2 percent in the Kansas Senate or 4 percent in the Kansas

  • Columns | April 28, 2013

    Germans grow tired of supporting Europe

    Germany faces a dilemma. It is by far the richest country in Europe.  Several years ago, it recognized its economic weaknesses and introduced major reforms. As a result, it avoided the economic malaise that has infected the rest of Europe. At the same time,

  • 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


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