Columns

  • Criticism of Obama overdone

    Dale Herspring’s recent column asserting President Obama’s lack of leadership with foreign “allies” was well-timed to coincide with similar arguments by interventionists Dick Cheney, John McCain and Lindsey Graham. According to Mr. Herspring, Saudi Arabia is upset that .

  • An evening conversation: Good sport Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    During the few years I lived in Europe, the locals routinely asked about everyday life in America. There were dozens of questions, of course, but two subjects came up all the time. From their view across an ocean, these seemed .

  • An evening conversation: time traveler Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    At least Tuesday had the decency to dawn gray and yucky, thank goodness. Let me explain… There was a great margarine commercial that aired many years ago – for a brand called “Chiffon,” I think. The premise was that the margarine .

  • Policy chaos results from lack of leadership

    Early in Barack Obama’s presidency, I wrote a number of articles praising aspects of his foreign policy decisions.  In the last two years, however, his lack of leadership has brought chaos to our foreign policy and invites contempt .

  • Make adoption process smoother

    Gov. Sam Brownback once made adoptions a public priority. Yet few major changes to Kansas’ broken adoption system have been enacted since he declared November as Kansas Adoption Month in 2011. In Ohio, by contrast, a movement is under way to .

  • One doctor’s tale of two states

    Hello, Kansas! I am a pediatrician from Rhode Island and am very proud to tell you that my daughter attends your fabulous veterinary school. (Go Wildcats!) She has been having won-derful experiences at K-State, but now, because she lives in .

  • An evening conversation: rah, rah, rah Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Kansas State University has a problem. However popular Willie the Wildcat might be, it just won’t do to have a burly mascot knocking someone to the turf as part of pregame festivities. Thank goodness the other member of the .

  • Kobach’s claims exaggerated

    Few neighborhoods have a more storied, rough-and-tumble political history than Kansas City, Mo.’s Old Northeast, or “North End.” One of the city’s oldest, this community of historic homes remains a landing pad for immigrants, once from Italy, now .

  • In the Arctic race, the Russians are in the lead

    For many years it has been believed that the Arctic has vast natural resources, but distances and especially the cold have prevented nations from operating there. Now, however, the polar icecap is melting, and Russia has decided to solidify its .

  • Kansans pay for governor’s bet

    If you are an employee in Kansas, you are paying Kansas income taxes. If you own a business, starting this year you are not paying Kansas income taxes on your business income. This includes manufacturers, retailers, doc-tors, lawyers, farmers and .

  • An evening conversation: It’s safe, really Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    My fiancé is in town for an extended visit, which naturally knocks daily life a bit upside down. First night… “Oh, my God! Someone’s shooting in the parking lot.” No, dear. Those are machine guns and artillery shells, but .

  • An evening conversation: where? Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    My boss lives in the same general direction from The Mercury office as I do, so the question seemed pretty straightforward. “What’s the fastest way to get over to the west side of Manhattan?” His confident expression, the kind .


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