• It’s time for Obama to get serious about Syria

    The German newspaper Die Zeit last week asked the question with which many of us are struggling: “How long will Obama Continue to Hesitate?”  The subject was Syria. The Germans, like just about everyone else around the world, have .

  • Manhattan has kept its charm

    I’m not going to lie. The first time I set foot in Kansas, I’d never heard of Manhattan.  Well, not this one, anyway.  As a kid growing up in California, I’d paid enough attention in .

  • The battle facing the Moderates

    My Insight Kansas colleague Michael Smith has called Kansas a “three party” state for more than a decade.  While two of the parties might have shared the same name until recently, Kansas may actually become a three-party state in .

  • Egypt on the brink; Obama hesitates

    The situation in Egypt presents a foreign policy problem that threatens to blow up in our collective faces, it is the situation in Egypt.  What happens there will determine everything from the size and character of the US military .

  • Why we report on suicides

    Of all the items that periodically cross an editor’s desk, easily the most contentious to deal with — and the ones I will be most happy to be shed of responsibility for when I turn this office over — are suicides. .

  • Government should not fund trips to ALEC

    In the recent legislative session Kansas lawmakers cut spending for essential state services but at the same time set aside taxpayer funds to be schooled by select corporate interests. Most Kansans would expect to see businesses spend their own funds .

  • Chill sets in between U.S., Russia

    President Barack Obama has spoken when it comes to US-Russian relations. He made it clear that in light of the Edward Snowden case, he will not meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. Moscow gave Snowden, who stole .

  • Special session will test leaders

    Gov. Sam Brownback has called a special session of the Kansas Legislature on Sept. 3. It will be the first since 1995. At issue is the so-called “Hard 50” law, allowing judges to im-pose a 50-year prison sentence without parole or probation to .

  • Putin outmaneuvers, out-toughs Obama

    Well, he did it. Russian President Vladimir Putin granted temporary (one year) asylum to Edward Snowden despite knowing it would outrage the United States. Putin not only disdains President Barack Obama, he doesn’t worry about the consequences of his .

  • Organic crops are often better

    I generally enjoy reading the columns by Mary Mertz. I applaud her efforts to raise awareness of local farming and of the availability of local food in our community. However, I need to correct some factual errors in her column .

  • Russian-U.S. relations are caught in a trap

    One of the most far-reaching problems the United States faces is Congress’s intent ion to cut the military budget. Sequestration has led to cutbacks in a number of programs, and furloughs of civilian Defense Depart ment workers have cut .

  • The Democrat candidate rises

    Before even starting, the Democratic race for the nomination to oppose Gov. Sam Brownback has ended. Absent a huge turnaround, House Minor-ity Leader Paul Davis from Lawrence will be the 2014 nominee.  At first glance, given Kansas’s deep red .


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