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  • Two-year drought ends with lots of rain Jimsuber2

    Last night’s winds from the passing storms with some imagination could be likened to combined sighs of relief from most all of us who live in the land of extremes, or Kansas. The feeling of relief is that which .

  • Al Qaida’s rhetoric predictably strident

    Al Qaida has cranked up its PR machine again in an effort to win friends and influence people to harm the United States. Its latest iteration comes from an individual named Qassim ar-Reimy in the form of a rant that .

  • Stage set for 2014 campaigns

    In the early morning hours last Sunday, state lawmakers temporarily closed the books on the financial debacle created one year ago when Gov. Sam Brownback signed a seriously flawed bill that dramatically cut state income taxes. The machinations of Republican .

  • USD 378 students deserve better

    Regarding the USD 378 bond issue, it is with a great deal of concern that write I this letter as a past Board of Education member. As I have been to meetings and talked to people, trying to gather information, I .

  • Obama’s leadership style is hurting him

    One thing I learned from writing a book on modern presidents and the Pentagon is that the critical variable in their relationship is the president’s leadership style. Some presidents, like Jimmy Carter, were micro-managers.  Others, like Bill Clinton .

  • Back in the old days Jimsuber2

    As Memorial Day weekend activities fade into…memory…it just so happens that a good friend found some old newspaper clippings used 63 years ago as backings for quilt squares. The newspaper squares happened to be from farm-related classified ads pertaining .

  • Internet tax: the whole picture

    Taxes. Like most folks, I hate paying them. Sales tax is one of the main ways we finance government, right or wrong. As a retailer, I collect those taxes. Now we are debating whether states should be able to collect .

  • Hollande’s France is spiraling downward

    Things keep going from bad to worse for French President, Francois Hollande. His popularity has dropped to 27 percent — the lowest of any president of the Fifth Republic. The primary reason is the disastrous condition of the country’s economy. As .

  • 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 .


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