Columns

  • President’s foreign policy is bankrupt

    The two most important factors in a country’s foreign policy are capability and credibility. Capability refers to factors such as the economy and the existence of a credible military threat backed up by diplomacy   Without these, there is .

  • Kansas has been wonderful to us Joseph.aistrup

    Au revoir.  This is my last commentary, at least for a while. I am leaving Kansas.  I was born and spent my formative years in Winfield. I also met and married my wife, Shelley, there. Both of us .

  • Spat is anti-Obama at its core

    Leo Strauss coined the phrase reductio ad Hitlarum to describe the logical fallacy of tying one’s opponent to Adolph Hitler by ridiculous means: a special kind of reductio ad absurdum. For example: Hitler was evil. Hitler had a mustache. .

  • Obama is no heavy hitter in foreign policy

    Watching President Barack Obama in Asia and Europe, it seems he is either out of his element when it comes to dealing with some of the world’s problems or doesn’t take it seriously. Prior to his European visit, .

  • Politicizing the farm bill debate Jimsuber2

    Remember the old Rice Krispies breakfast cereal threesome, Snap, Crackle and Pop? My two sisters and I liked those puppet characters named for the cereal’s auditory freshness (supposed by marketing types). I was Crackle, because I like he was .

  • It’s not just another auditorium

    The Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance would like to express its concern regarding the plans to dismantle Peace Memorial Auditorium.  When the City Commission discussed the matter during the June 4 meeting, missing from the information city staff provided to .

  • A $60,000 raise is outrageous

    I am writing in response to the article in the June 21-22 Mercury about the pay of KSU President Kirk Schulz. I hope I am not the only one who is outraged that the president of a public university received .

  • Judge dishonored his position

    My 14-year-old son, Tyler Dowling, was the victim of homicide in April 2011. I learned firsthand what having a life robbed from you feels like: the anguish of going to court, seeing my son’s killer, his family talking with him .

  • After the bluster, North Korea cries ‘Uncle’

    For once, the Obama administration and its friends held the line and guess what: the adversary backed down. No, the North Koreans did not stop their efforts to develop nuclear weapons, but they were forced to back down on their .

  • Tall tales about brome grass Jimsuber2

    Even though experts now predict the 2013 Kansas wheat crop to nose barely above a mere 300 million bushels — this boosted in many places by timely rains and long absent rains this spring—harvest is still a time for festival-like thinking and .

  • Court’s been tough on Kobach

    Protests against Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s immi-gration agenda reached his doorstep recently. A group advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants protested on Ko-bach’s front porch, prompting him to suggest future protests could be met with a report of .

  • Some questions for higher ed

    Year after year, despite un-changed or increased state funding, the six state-funded Kansas colleges increased tuition far above inflation with little scrutiny. Undergraduate tuition and fees at the six universities increased 137 percent between 2002 and 2012. Email me for tuition tables: .(JavaScript .


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