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Opinion - Columns

  • 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

  • Columns | April 14, 2013

    U.S. still ‘re-setting’ relationship with Russia

    Given how much of my life I have devoted to trying to understand first the U.S.S.R. and later Russia, I was pleased to hear then-Secretary of State Clinton’s call for a “re-set” in our bilateral relations.   President Obama has indicated

  • Columns | April 12, 2013

    Who can challenge Brownback?

    Opening a newspaper must be depressing for Gov. Sam Brownback of late. Bad news abounds.  The Hutchinson News’ editor scathingly eulogized the State of Kansas in a recent editorial, laying blame at the feet of Brownback’s conser-vative agenda, while others have jumped on

  • 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


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