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  • Columns | December 31, 2015

    Nature’s poetry evident on a farm

    I thought about writing a poem on farm life. Then I actually thought about what I lived each day and what I wanted to express. I realized quickly that every aspect of farming is poetry in motion — the rhythm of the seasons, the cadence of

  • Columns | December 27, 2015

    MATC strives to bolster programs

    A week ago Friday we held our December commencement, the culminating event of another academic semester. Permit me to share some information you may not be aware of about Manhattan Area Technical College — your technical college: • At commencement we graduated the 500th registered nurse (R.

  • Columns | December 26, 2015

    Putin sums up past and looks to the future

    Heads of states of major countries often give speeches at the end of the year in which they sum up what they have accomplished during the year. These occasions sometimes provide insight into a leader’s or a society’s way of looking at problems.

  • Columns | December 19, 2015

    U.S., China seek more consistent military ties

    For years, most Western observers expressed concern about the rise of China,  especially its navy. Not only has China’s navy emerged from almost nothing, but it has been growing while President Barack Obama has been doing little to build up the U.S.

  • Columns | December 18, 2015

    Debt piling up to pay for tax cuts

    Right-wing Republican law-makers in Kansas have operated under the radar to suspend all statutory limits on highway debt, and that unprecedented authority was recently used to issue record levels of long-term debt to pay for their reckless income tax cuts this year and next. Six

  • Columns | December 12, 2015

    Let’s preserve our melting pot

    A couple of decades ago, when I was getting fairly heavily into the concept of civic journalism, I made the acquaintance of an up-and-coming young journalism professor and fellow traveler on that subject named Yves Colon. I gleaned a lot of ideas and inspiration regarding

  • 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

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    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

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