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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | March 11, 2013

    Elect all women, and Estabrook

    On April 2, we citizens of Manhattan have a prime opportunity to vote onto the City Commission and School Board some of the best candidates our town has to offer. To make it easy to remember, this is what I suggest: vote in all the women

  • Columns | March 10, 2013

    The snow storms helped set the stage for spring


    Behind the snows and the cold clouds and penetrating winds and icy mud tracks, rapidly and stealthily sneaking up on us is spring. In less than three weeks it will be here officially. Already this year appears to be a lot different from last year’

  • Columns | March 10, 2013

    Italian politics are as confusing as ever

    There is a financial monster haunting both Europe and the United States. Its name is austerity. Both Europe and the United States are in frightening financial shape, and both need desperately to balance their books. With the exception of Germany and a few others, neither

  • Columns | March 03, 2013

    A general sort of winter storm

    On the wild Plains a high price is often commanded for moisture. As far as snows go or snow goes, we’ve all seen worse. Not that this one wasn’t a fine storm, but like a boxer, each brings its own style to the

  • Columns | March 03, 2013

    Nation must erect adequate cyber defenses

    We have entering a new world, one that may well revolutionize our lives. This comes to mind in light of the report from the Mandiant Co. on Chinese efforts to hack U.S. companies. I am not surprised that the Chinese are hacking government facilities.

  • Columns | March 01, 2013

    America’s leadership lacking

    I was in the process of drafting a letter when I read the article by Arthur F. Loub. He covered, with ability, several of my concerns. Now I would like to revert to the past and touch on some of the causes of our most

  • Columns | February 24, 2013

    Obama’s Syria policy is a failure

    One of the things I learned as a diplomat is that no policy is a policy.  If you do nothing and the other side does something, you have helped the other side achieve its goal. Unfortunately, that is what is happening in Syria. The

  • Columns | February 24, 2013

    Drought, crops, cattle make agriculture news


    Batting around a few current topics…we continue dry…farmers and stockmen are becoming caught in a new cost-price squeeze…sold farm land last year was 74 percent bought by farmers…demand and prices for most farm commodities are falling. The good news is that some

  • Columns | February 22, 2013

    Brownback’s policies harmful

    I am disheartened by the plans of Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies in the Legislature to radically change our state. I also confess to resentment at being forced into an experiment that seems only to harm me and people like me. Here is why

  • Columns | February 19, 2013

    Our social bonds are fraying

    Another Valentine’s Day is in the history books… and it got me thinking. I teach a couple communications classes, and last week I asked students how many had either written or received a love letter, or just a letter, in the last few years.

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