Columns

  • KSU’s multicultural challenge

    I read with considerable interest the article on diversity in the Dec. 24 Mercury, and it seemed to provoke more questions than answers. Diversity and affirmative act-ion are terms that are confusing to many of us who do not deal with .

  • Be wary, but give Iran nuclear deal a chance

    At last we have an agreement with Iran that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry consider a positive step in limiting Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb. Others, convinced that Iran will cheat, are not so .

  • An evening conversation: Just another day Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    There are zero shopping days left until my birthday. Just saying, you know? In truth, for a few years there was a serious side to carrying around this Nov. 25 birth date. We all were reminded of it again last weekend .

  • Russia OKs stunning new law

    I have seen great changes in Russia in the decades I have followed that country, but a recent law, one that took effect Nov. 15, has literally taken my breath away. If enforced, it will radically alter Russian life. I could .

  • Kansans cool to ‘experiment’

    Last year, Gov. Sam Brownback went on national television and boasted that he was leading Kansas through “a real live experiment” in taxing and spending. Recent surveys suggest that Kansans are skeptical, if not downright opposed, to where Brownback is .

  • An evening conversation: Brrrrrr… Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    A few years ago, I was approached by a headhunter. Instead of asking me about a particular open position, however, this gentleman opened our conversation with a rather startling question. “What would be your dream job?” he said. The funny .

  • End cuts, restore research funds

    The continuing federal budget battle is hurting biomedical research. If Congress does not stop sequestration, in 2014 alone, Kansas stands to lose $21.5 million in research funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means fewer jobs, fewer research discoveries and .

  • An evening conversation: Yow! Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Surely you’re familiar with the phrase “Do as I say, not as I do.” Well, here comes the classic, all-time case — where I strongly recommend that you do something that I’d probably refuse at gunpoint. In fact, I .

  • Join the battle against hunger

    Amazing, isn’t it, how much our lives revolve around food? As the holidays approach, we’re reminded of the integral role that food plays, not only in our daily nourishment, but as the cornerstone of our social gatherings. Aside .

  • Medicaid mishandling shameful

    It’s rare that one can: (1) do good in policy terms; (2) do well financially; and (3) morally stand on the side of the angels. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature had just this opportunity earlier this year, and they blew .

  • Obama must be wary in dealings with Iran

    The recent meetings in Geneva involving the United States, Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China and Iran raise a number of thoughts. To begin with, negotiations are difficult undertakings, especially when seven countries are involved. U.S. Secretary of .

  • When will land market run end? Jimsuber2

    In recent years, forgetting for the moment capital gains and estate taxes, land sales by farmers often have meant their landships have come in. That’s a play on an old saying from sailing ship days when owners felt rich .


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