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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | October 05, 2012

    State tax cuts bring tax shifts

    Most Kansans track politics closely when elected officials are fiddling with changes in taxes and are savvy in understanding how such changes will affect their pocketbooks. How-ever, the massive tax cuts enacted by state lawmakers in the 2012 legislative session have left many Kansans unaware of

  • Columns | October 04, 2012

    Mercury wrong on sales tax

    The half-cent sales tax is up for renewal for another 10 years on this fall’s ballot. The county portion would go to roads and bridges. The city portion would be for economic development, with 65 percent for job creation and/or infrastructure and 35 percent for debt

  • Columns | September 30, 2012

    Territorial spat divides China, Japan

    The Middle East isn’t the world’s only hotspot. Even more dangerous is the territorial dispute between China and Japan over a group of uninhabited islands. Both nations believe a conflict would be in their national interests,but neither side wants to back down —&

  • Columns | September 30, 2012

    Good news for soybean fields, bad news for inheritors

    Here is some pleasant news from around the eastern Kansas neighborhood: many of the soybean fields contain more beans than previously thought, thanks to that one good rain a few weeks back, apparently. Harvest isn’t going to be a bin-buster, but some fields will

  • Columns | September 26, 2012

    Are we really better off now?

    Having been around for eight decades, I lived through the aftermath of the Great Depression, when my father lost his job for three years and my parents lost our home. I served in World War II, went to college, married, raised a family, followed my

  • Columns | September 23, 2012

    Neo-Nazism on the rise in Germany

    At a time when our eyes are focused on tensions in the Middle East, Germany has a new worry, one few Germans believed possible: the rise of neo-Nazis. Having studied in Germany and developed extensive contacts there over the years, I thought I knew the

  • Columns | September 22, 2012

    Glancing into agricultural around the world

    The TV showed a big volcano blasting forth rather unexpectedly. The ash and fumes blown two miles into the atmosphere reminded us of other, historic volcanoes that literally changed the world’s climate for several years with their very own and very natural additions to

  • Columns | September 22, 2012

    Eco-devo in Brownback era

    Sam Brownback came to KU last week and rhapsodized about his tax-cut legislation at the Business School’s annual Chandler Lecture. “We are trying to create a pro-growth environment,” he said, as he defended the large and highly weighted (to partnerships, trusts, sole proprietors, etc.)

  • Columns | September 21, 2012

    Let’s find health care solutions

    I love the Olympics.  It is not as if I usually follow any of those sports, but I really care about swimming and hurdles and even beach volleyball. Perhaps it is the hype, perhaps the patriotic appeal, perhaps the two-week scenario of so many

  • Columns | September 17, 2012

    Don’t change school start times

    I’ve spent much of the last week visiting with parents, teachers and administrators about the issue of school start times in USD 383. There are certainly valid arguments on all sides. Ideally, it would to be in the best interest of all schools to start


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