Friday, July 1, 2016

Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | February 14, 2016

    As Germany goes, so goes the rest of Europe

    Germany has always been one of the most important and influential countries in Europe — for good or bad. Along with France, it occupies a key position in the European Community.  When the German economy improves and the country is politically stable, it is good

  • Columns | February 11, 2016

    Can we storm the court or not?

    Once again confusion and what would seem to be a lack of communication raise questions at Kansas State University. As it became apparent that KSU was going to win an exciting game over Oklahoma on Saturday, security police took to the basketball court. There most

  • Columns | February 06, 2016

    Toughness is a Russian trait, and Putin has it

    One of the most difficult things to instill in the minds of students and members of Congress alike is the importance of understanding Russian culture (one of toughness) if one hopes to deal with Russians at the official level. Americans have a tendency to assume

  • Columns | February 05, 2016

    Where are the agents of change?

    Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” is now 12 years old.  Much of the book’s fevered language still seems extreme, yet right now much of what Frank implied and described has become reality or is well on its way.  So

  • Columns | January 30, 2016

    North Korea knows the value of U.S. hostages

    One of the things I am most grateful for is that in my 23 years in the U.S. Department of State, I was never ordered to deal with North Korea. Then again, I am not a specialist on Asia. Nevertheless, North Korea is an important

  • Columns | January 28, 2016

    State should expand Medicaid

    Democracy has been called the “marketplace of ideas,” and for more than 150 years, the men and women in the Kansas Legislature have served as the brokers of ideas for improving life in our state. In recent years, though, one policy idea to improve the lives

  • Columns | January 23, 2016

    Clash of cultures will spread beyond Germany

    Twenty years ago, American political scientist Samuel Huntington published “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.” This major work remains relevant today. One of Huntington’s key points was that the liberal prognosis of the time — that we were on the verge

  • Columns | January 16, 2016

    U.S. Navy, other services overworked, overextended

    While I realize that the depleted condition of the U.S. Navy mirrors conditions in the other services, the fact is that one of the keys to President Barack Obama’s plan for projecting power in the Pacific is a new, robust, well-trained fleet with

  • Columns | January 09, 2016

    Obama capitulates again with regard to Iran

    I thought I had seen just about everything when it comes to President Barack Obama capitulating in foreign policy. First, he drew a red line, warning Syria not to cross it by using chemical weapons, and when Syria did, Obama did not respond. Then there

  • 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

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