Columns

  • Let’s resist plunging into Syria

    In a recent column, Dale Herspring called out Presi-dent Obama for drawing a “red line” on Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then not following through with action. “Unfortunately,” Herspring noted, “Obama’s refusal to follow-up on his threats .

  • U.S., Russia get together on Syrian war

    Having worked to understand and improve U.S.-Russian relations, I was surprised to see the agreement in Moscow by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding the conflict in Syria. The path .

  • Obama’s foreign policy struggles continue

    For most U.S. presidents, foreign policy has been a nuisance. Most were elected not because of their prowess in foreign affairs, but because of their domestic priorities. Foreign policy issues are dangerous to domestic policy because they are often .

  • State firearms law in jeopardy

    The Kansas Legislature recently passed a law denying the federal government the right to enforce federal gun laws in Kansas. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the law is unconstitutional and the Kansas Legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary .

  • Facts enrich gun discussions

    There has been a lot of discussion, including in The Mercury, about the issue of gun control. Much of it has been emotional rather than factual. Those against guns in general argue guns’ destructive power and how unsafe they feel .

  • Russian-U.S. relationship on the rise

    Foreign policy can sometimes seem to be irrational despite the efforts of academics and policy-makers to make it clear. It is surprising how often an unexpected or unrelated event can energize important aspects of foreign policy.  In the case .

  • Facing mental health challenges

    May is National Mental Health Month. Pawnee Mental Health Services has provided community mental health services to individuals in 10 counties in north central Kansas for more than 56 years. The issue of mental health has recently received increased attention due to .

  • The politics of Regents’ funding

    Gov. Sam Brownback has plans to visit all the Kansas Board of Regents universities. At every university, he reminds them that he proposed level funding, while the Kansas Legislature wants to cut them by either 2 percent in the Kansas Senate .

  • Germans grow tired of supporting Europe

    Germany faces a dilemma. It is by far the richest country in Europe.  Several years ago, it recognized its economic weaknesses and introduced major reforms. As a result, it avoided the economic malaise that has infected the rest of .

  • Marriage already well defined

    G.K. Chesterton, fond of paradoxes, said that the more we make a word mean, the less it means. When we say that we love people and pizza, we dilute the meaning of the word love. We devalue the currency. .

  • Gruber touched countless lives

    Last Friday I returned to Manhattan for the unfortu-nate reason of attending the memorial service of a former colleague, Chris Gruber, director of development for the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State, who passed away in a plane accident on .

  • Brownback’s tax plan harmful

    Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature are in a bind. The official revenue estimate for fiscal 2014 is more than $600 million short of the governor’s recommended budget for the year. He must be desperate to find more revenue to .


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