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  • Columns | November 21, 2012

    A time for thanks on the farm

    Sometimes memories crash into you unexpectedly, a sudden recollection or a scent that reminds you of something or someone important — the joys of a childhood day, the heartbreak of a loved one’s passing. I am always surprised by the emotions that stir again as

  • Columns | November 19, 2012

    Kansas isn’t in the mainstream

    Here on the plain, anchored in the wash of neon red on the U.S. electoral map, some Kansans feel insulated and others feel isolated from the outcome of the 2012 general election, which returned a Democrat to the White House and failed to give Republicans

  • Columns | November 18, 2012

    Putin fires his minister of defense

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired both his defense minister, Dmitri Serdyukov, and the chief of the General Staff, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov. Based on what has appeared in the Russian press, Putin had reasons to fire Serdyukov; Makarov had to go because he was

  • Columns | November 18, 2012

    Wartime trip to Israel

    Ours was supposed to be a religious trip to the Holy Land, and it was. But it was also a five-day delayed trip back because of Hurricane Sandy and an iron-clad arrangement between United Airlines and our tour company, which was based in New York

  • Columns | November 16, 2012

    It’s time to cut bait on NBAF

    Some readers may still recall a time before the federal government took over large chunks of the Riley County area. First it was Tuttle Creek Dam, then Fort Riley expansion, and then Milford Dam sent families and towns packing. Now another government project, a germ

  • Columns | November 12, 2012

    Veterans’ suicides preventable

    One year ago I was the non-commissioned officer in charge of my battalion barracks for a 24-hour period. This was a task disliked by most sergeants, but we rotated the duty and it was my turn. I had been home from combat for over a

  • Columns | November 11, 2012

    China’s new leader faces major issues

    One of the problems Communist regimes face is succession that is neither regularized nor transparent. We observed such a process in North Korea. Now that Pyongyang’s succession crisis appears over, specialists are trying to figure out what Kim-Jung-un’s rise to power means for

  • Columns | November 11, 2012

    Curiosity builds for next wheat harvest


    Now mostly planted, the annual wheat watch for the next crop — this one to be harvested in mid-2013 — has begun, complete with a wide range of observations and insights. A pretty good rain in early October did three things: one, it watered some tiny wheat

  • Columns | November 09, 2012

    Trip to Russia an eye-opener

    Last month, while the combines of Kansas were harvesting soybean fields, my husband packed and left the country. This was unusual, to say the least, but Bob was extended an invitation from Kansas State University to go to Moscow with a team from the Agronomy

  • Columns | November 07, 2012

    Candor needed on Benghazi

    Editor’s note: This letter from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts to President Barack Obama was written last week. Dear Mr. President: During these final days of this coming election, I have been conducting town hall meetings in Kansas. I am fully aware this letter

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