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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | February 03, 2013

    North Korea responds to sanctions

    North Korea is predictable in one sense: When it feels that its national interests are threatened, it tends to strike out. This is what it did again after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Jan. 22 condemning the North’s launch of a

  • Columns | February 01, 2013

    Ready, willing and qualified

    In April, we will be voting for three open City Commission seats. I urge you to get to know your candidates and to make a wise choice… one that best represents your views and positions on the issues. I hope that as you get to

  • Columns | January 28, 2013

    Do what’s best for students

    I read earlier this month in the Topeka Capital Journal that Topeka’s major high schools are lowering the number of credits needed for graduation. Now Topeka West is resisting a similar change. Why? The schools are moving from eight-hour to seven-hour schedules. Changing schedules

  • Columns | January 27, 2013

    Too fast for ‘old fogey’


    Did I read that interview in the political newsletter by the Hawver company right? Gov. Sam Brownback wants to raise the speed limit on the Kansas Turnpike to 85 miles an hour between Topeka and Wichita in order to attract more toll-paying motorists? Pinch me. I

  • Columns | January 27, 2013

    Issues in Mali are extremely complicated

    After doing some research on Mali, it is clear to me that the issues there are more complex than just the French vs. Islamic radicals. It’s also evident that situation could have a major impact on not only that region of northwest Africa but

  • Columns | January 22, 2013

    Apology welcome, long overdue

    Apologies have become passé. Apologizing takes humility and respect, two traits severely lacking in today’s society. That’s what makes an apology from a genuinely contrite individual all the more appreciated. It is hard to admit you are wrong. This comes to mind with

  • Columns | January 21, 2013

    Let voters resolve school funding

    On Jan. 11, a panel of three state court judges ordered Kansas lawmakers to boost school funding and resurrected a constitutional conflict that has been simmering in Kansas politics for most of the last 50 years. The conflict revolves around two fundamental issues: What is the proper

  • Columns | January 20, 2013

    Stewpot full of information

    Once upon a time 40 years ago there was a boss who was half entertaining and half off putting and/or disconcerting. In that business in those days it was not unusual to encounter the maladjusted, the warped, the physically maimed, the permanent social cripple, the

  • Columns | January 20, 2013

    Hagel and the future of the U.S. military

    There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama’s recent nominees for Cabinet positions.  The nomination of Sen. John Kerry to head the State Department came first. Jack Lew is going to Treasury, and is expected to follow Obama’s fiscal

  • Columns | January 18, 2013

    Superb local care is a life-saver

    With a variety of perspectives, I am grateful for the efforts to reduce the impact of cardiac disease in Manhattan. These range from working to reduce second-hand smoke, which contributes to acute and chronic coronary disease, to enhanced abilities to deal with acute heart attacks,

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