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Opinion - Columns

  • 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

  • Columns | January 25, 2015

    Governor puts Kansas at risk

    In 1983, President Ronald Reagan stood before the press at the White House and held up a report titled “A Nation at Risk.” Eighteen months in the making and written by members of the National Commission on Excellence in Education at the behest of the secretary

  • Columns | January 23, 2015

    ‘Fierce urgency of now’ needed

    Having begun in August, the continuous demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., now represent the longest period of active protests in the United States since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. In his politico.com piece about “the new

  • Columns | January 17, 2015

    Budget woes not tied to spending

    Look back 30 years. What did it cost to purchase a car? Eggs? Electricity? Blue jeans? A house? Certainly less than it does today. Most of us know instinctively that prices will likely be quite a bit higher 30 years in the future. Although Americans are now

  • Columns | January 17, 2015

    It’s time for a policy to deal with radical Islam

    If the recent attacks in France demonstrate anything, it is that our leaders must recognize that we need a serious policy to deal with radical Islam.  President Barack Obama could begin by recognizing that we are fighting a new form of religious fanaticism. It

  • Columns | January 15, 2015

    Insurance lobby too powerful

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, included a provision to reallocate $156 billion of taxpayer reimburse-ment money to private insur-ance companies between 2012 and 2017. But American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a powerful lobby that represents the private insurance industry, continues to pressure

  • Columns | January 12, 2015

    We must pursue racial justice

    First Congregational United Church of Christ was founded by abolitionists who came to Kansas from New England in the 1850s with the hope of ensuring Kansas’ entry into the Union as a free state. We have long been a people who take issues of justice

  • Columns | January 11, 2015

    Germany struggles to deal with immigrants

    The United States is not the only country with immigration problems. Germany, hit by a drop in the number of births, has become increasingly dependent on foreign labor. The problem in Germany is different from that in the United States. While refugees claim to be

  • Columns | January 08, 2015

    What do kids have against coats?

    My youngest clambered out of the car earlier this week and did his best to run the 35 yards to the school door. It wasn’t easy to sprint, what with his huge backpack and his trapper keeper and his bag of gym clothes. The one

  • Columns | January 04, 2015

    Putin’s Christmas gift: A new military doctrine

    As Christmas presents go, a new military doctrine is a first. Christmas doesn’t come until January in Russia, but Russian President Vladimir Putin surely knows much of the world celebrates it Dec. 25. That’s when he unveiled his changes. They do not portend a


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