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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 09, 2013

    Higher ed vital to state economy

    Most employers in Kansas would agree that a robust higher education system is important to our state’s economy, innovation and national repu-tation. In recent years, however, we have continued to see legislative attempts to reduce funding in state universities. Gov. Sam Brownback has repeatedly

  • Columns | April 08, 2013

    Matta, Butler hardly extreme

    I always enjoy the letters to the editor section of the Mercury. Most of the letters make solid points. But in many cases the material presented is not factual and not substantiated by data. Congratulations to Usha Reddi, Karen McCulloh and Rich Jankovich in winning

  • Columns | April 07, 2013

    Unification’s time has come

    Embarking on my mayoral year in April of 1989, I set an agenda that included exploration of city/county governmental unification. The firestorm of protest that ensued was memorable. For many, the concept was not just controversial but unthinkable. While to me it seemed appropriate that

  • Columns | April 07, 2013

    Is Kim getting the diplomatic messages?

    The escalating crisis with North Korea presents an excellent example of both nonverbal and verbal diplomatic messages.  South Korea is playing an important role, but North Korean ruler Kim Jung-un seems fixated on the United States as his major enemy. Given his need to

  • Columns | April 05, 2013

    Huelskamp has never evolved

    Congressman Tim Huelskamp’s opinion piece, “The War on Marriage and Motherhood,”  in the Washington Times on April 1 is an excellent case in point of how the Tea Party or at least Rep. Huelskamp is a disappointment to democracy.  While attending K-State, I

  • Columns | April 02, 2013

    It’s extremism, not conservatism

    The power in the Republican Party today is all negative. This is especially true in Republican-dominated Kansas, where we are racing ahead to bring small government and libertarianism to the nation. From abortion opponents to gun-rights activists, from income-tax eliminators to enemies of Obamacare, all

  • Columns | March 31, 2013

    Trip to Israel put Obama on the spot

    President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel was a success.  He handled himself well both with the Israelis and the Palestinians.  His language with regard to Iran was tough, but not belligerent.  He made all of the important stops during his visit

  • Columns | March 24, 2013

    Katherine Culbertson

    “A primary object ..should be the education ofouryouth in the science of government In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important?And what duty more pressing…than…communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of

  • Columns | March 24, 2013

    North Korea is feeling hostile these days

    North Korea deserves a high place on the list of self-destructive and dangerous nations.  Not only does it remain the poorest, most repressive, closed and primitive nation, it is using money needed to feed its population to strengthen its army and build nuclear weapons.&

  • Columns |Men's Basketball | March 22, 2013

    Jellison: Wildcats got here together

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bruce Weber doesn’t address it often, but when asked about it Thursday at the Sprint Center, the Kansas State coach answered. It was just a year ago when former K-State coach Frank Martin was sitting at a similar podium answering questions


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