Tuesday, July 7, 2015



Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | February 21, 2015

    Putin has clear edge in Ukraine ‘cease-fire’

    Leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine ended 17 hours of negotiation Feb. 12 in Minsk, Belarus, by signing a cease-fire agreement between Ukrainian forces and the Moscow-backed separatists. Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation also accepted the agreement and committed to monitor compliance with

  • Columns | February 14, 2015

    Going backward with Brownback

    In an unprecedented move and in a complete act of contempt for the changing world around us, Gov. Sam Brownback last week declared war on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. His executive order to strip the personal protections of state-employed LGBT individuals

  • Columns | February 14, 2015

    Merkel and Hollande fill leadership vacuum

    While attention has focused on the horrific acts of the Islamic State, another conflict is simmering that could be far more dangerous. ISIS has about 40,000 fighters. If President Barack Obama were prepared, working with nations like Jordan and Turkey, we could wipe ISIS out in

  • Columns | February 13, 2015

    Local school control in peril

    Who do you trust most with your child’s education? If you’re following the Kansas Legislature, you’d be forced to conclude that many representatives believe your trust is best placed in the hands of a paid lobbyist with no experience in the classroom

  • Columns | February 09, 2015

    ‘Can’t anybody play this game?’

    The hits just keep on coming. Or not. As legendary baseball manager and Kansas City native Casey Stengel put it while watching his hapless New York Mets, “Been in this game 100 years, but I see new ways to lose ‘em I never knew existed before.”

  • Columns | February 07, 2015

    Greek stubbornness threatens European unity

    Austerity is difficult to implement — anywhere.  In effect, it involves reducing government services. It can take many forms, such as cutting government-supported employment, educational and medical services and other activities. The focus here will be not on the economic elements but rather on the

  • Columns | February 07, 2015

    End racial disparity in pot arrests

    In 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union published a 185-page research report providing credible evidence that racial bias is responsible for unequal black/white arrest rates for marijuana possession throughout the country. The report, “The War on Marijuana in Black and White,” covered arrests from 2000 to 2010

  • Columns | February 01, 2015

    Obama on the outside of Netanyahu invitation

    Although exceptions exist, diplomacy is generally run by a country’s executive and approved by the legislative part of a government. In the United States, the two branches have historically worked together and both knew what the other was doing. With our foreign policy, 

  • Columns | January 29, 2015

    KPERS cutbacks are costly

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to reduce payments to the state’s pension system undercuts the reforms he helped champion and would cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Surely there is a better way to pay for his tax cuts. In 2012, after decades of underfunding the

  • Columns | January 25, 2015

    Is Obama really getting tough with Iran?

    Based on the comments of President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron at a joint press conference Jan. 16, any action by Congress to even suggest new sanctions will lead the Iranians to withdraw from negotiations on a deal involving Iran’s nuclear weapons


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