Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | December 12, 2015

    With Schmidt’s death, world has lost a great leader

    The world recently lost one of its truly great statesman, former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who died last month. Unknown to most Americans, he had an impact on shaping our policy toward Russia during and after the Cold War. He was not only a major

  • Columns | December 11, 2015

    Republican oligarchy? Think again

    Christopher Renner and the Democratic Party are guilty of what they accuse others of and complain about. Mr. Renner needn’t lecture readers about a potential Republican oligarchy when organizations such as George Soros’s Open Society Foundation or the Clinton Foundation exist. Liberals have

  • Columns | December 09, 2015

    Column reveals K-State mindset

    In the “I Wonder” column on Friday, Dec. 4, Steve Cameron discusses and explains the disappearance of Bill Snyder Highway signs. I take issue with Cameron’s analysis in that he admits that nobody knows where the signs went yet proceeds to quote city engineer Brian

  • Columns |General Activities | December 08, 2015

    Royals going all in with pitching, pen

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    KANSAS CITY — Here’s one stone-cold fact we learned last year: Trusting the Royals’ scouts might be the safest bet in baseball. Given this group’s track record of finding gold in dry river beds (Kendrys Morales, Chris Young, Ryan Madson, Kris Medlen, etc.), you

  • Columns | December 05, 2015

    Let’s not dilute the Bill of Rights

    There are many things I am concerned about, especially for the future of my grand-children. A recent poll found that 40 percent of so-called millennials believe that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution should be restricted. In other words, people who believe differently from

  • Columns | December 05, 2015

    Russia-Turkey dispute can affect U.S., NATO

    The dispute between Russia and Turkey over the latter’s shooting down of a Russian warplane has created a dangerous situation in which even a minor action could cause a major explosion. Equally important over the long term is the impact that President Barack Obama’

  • Columns | December 04, 2015

    U.S. Christians need champions

    Recently I had a conversation with a young minister whose views on religion, and specifically Christianity in the United States, were a profound shock to me. As a person of more than eight decades, I am accustomed to members of the clergy supporting and defending

  • Columns | December 03, 2015

    Don’t ignore Christian extremists

    Last Friday, Colorado Springs became the latest in a growing list of terrorists attacks in the United States that the media refuse to label as such. Since the traumatic events of 2001, more people in the United States have been killed by white male Christian extremists (46)

  • Columns | December 02, 2015

    RCPD, Pawnee productive partners

    It seems that in times of crisis, groups of people either pull together or splinter apart. The crisis related to Kansas’ moratorium on involuntary psychiatric state hospital admissions is no exception. Individuals across the state and in our community who need immediate psychiatric care in

  • Columns | November 28, 2015

    U.S. learns pitfalls of leading from behind

    President Barack Obama for several years has stressed the importance of “leading from behind,” a phrase that amounts to a contradiction in terms. I am still not certain if I understand the concept. It would appear to have two fundamental components. First,  it involves


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