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  • Columns | February 05, 2013

    ‘Pay-go’ rules serve Kansas well

    Families on a budget under-stand: spend more than you earn and you incur debt.  Excessive debt is crippling, yet governments often struggle with that basic concept. The federal government can tell you from experience. It’s easy to spend money, especially when you can

  • Columns | February 03, 2013

    News that’s fit for head scratchin’


    Sometimes we are left just scratchin’ our heads. For example, an economist in Missouri recently reported that the average hog sold in 2012 lost $12. Yet, my wife can report that bacon has done nothing but go up in price at the store the last couple of

  • Columns | February 03, 2013

    Getting better is our purpose

    The Manhattan Ogden Board of Education has been questioned in the Mercury recently for giving consideration to changing the schedule at Manhattan High School. I welcome the comments and involvement by anyone interested in education and the success of our students. To provide for a

  • 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

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