Tuesday, May 5, 2015



Opinion - Columns

  • 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

  • Columns | December 30, 2014

    Kansas is right to fight back

    The Obama administration is on a crusade against our state’s energy policies — and Kansas is fighting back. When the administration announced earlier this year that it would force us to slash our greenhouse gas emissions, our state quickly sued the federal government. That was

  • Columns | December 28, 2014

    Putin focuses on rebuilding Russia’s economy

    Apart from remarks about his love live (he says it is fine), Russian President Vladimir Putin in his end-of-the-year press conference focused on the economic problems plaguing his country. He partly blamed Western sanctions, but he faced Russia’s real problems — its dependence on oil

  • Columns | December 26, 2014

    Flexibility essential in learning

    In his article of Dec.10, “Why do we teach the way we do?” Bill Felber is absolutely correct that for many students and learning tasks, the pace easily can and should be accelerated. However, other learning activities, such as those requiring reflection, collaboration and deep

  • Columns | December 24, 2014

    Family includes those in need

    When the Middle East is mentioned today, many of us think only of hatred, violence, fanaticism. I would like to tell you of a personal experience that we had in 2004 when we were living in Tunisia. It was the eve of the Muslim feast of

  • Columns | December 20, 2014

    Germany’s Merkel is Europe’s new ‘Iron Lady’

    At a time when there is chaos in Washington’s foreign policy, it is encouraging to see that at least one European leader — apart from Russian President Vladimir Putin — seems to know what she is doing. That is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As a result,

  • Columns | December 19, 2014

    Budget needs dynamic leaders

    With the election over, the focus in Kansas politics returns to the budget. Are we in a huge budget hole created by the tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback? Or will econ-omic growth save the day? The state’s own consensus revenue estimates are


Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | The Manhattan Mercury, 318 North 5th Street, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502 | Copyright 2012

Reproduction of any kind is prohibited without written consent.