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  • Columns | January 04, 2015

    Putin’s Christmas gift: A new military doctrine

    As Christmas presents go, a new military doctrine is a first. Christmas doesn’t come until January in Russia, but Russian President Vladimir Putin surely knows much of the world celebrates it Dec. 25. That’s when he unveiled his changes. They do not portend a

  • Columns | December 30, 2014

    Kansas is right to fight back

    The Obama administration is on a crusade against our state’s energy policies — and Kansas is fighting back. When the administration announced earlier this year that it would force us to slash our greenhouse gas emissions, our state quickly sued the federal government. That was

  • Columns | December 28, 2014

    Putin focuses on rebuilding Russia’s economy

    Apart from remarks about his love live (he says it is fine), Russian President Vladimir Putin in his end-of-the-year press conference focused on the economic problems plaguing his country. He partly blamed Western sanctions, but he faced Russia’s real problems — its dependence on oil

  • Columns | December 26, 2014

    Flexibility essential in learning

    In his article of Dec.10, “Why do we teach the way we do?” Bill Felber is absolutely correct that for many students and learning tasks, the pace easily can and should be accelerated. However, other learning activities, such as those requiring reflection, collaboration and deep

  • Columns | December 24, 2014

    Family includes those in need

    When the Middle East is mentioned today, many of us think only of hatred, violence, fanaticism. I would like to tell you of a personal experience that we had in 2004 when we were living in Tunisia. It was the eve of the Muslim feast of

  • Columns | December 20, 2014

    Germany’s Merkel is Europe’s new ‘Iron Lady’

    At a time when there is chaos in Washington’s foreign policy, it is encouraging to see that at least one European leader — apart from Russian President Vladimir Putin — seems to know what she is doing. That is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As a result,

  • Columns | December 19, 2014

    Budget needs dynamic leaders

    With the election over, the focus in Kansas politics returns to the budget. Are we in a huge budget hole created by the tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback? Or will econ-omic growth save the day? The state’s own consensus revenue estimates are

  • Columns | December 14, 2014

    To Putin, Cold War is a reality

    Based on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent State of the Union message to the Russian Parliament, he not only thinks the Cold War is back on, but that it’s all the fault of the United States. Given the lack of coherence in our

  • Columns | December 10, 2014

    Why do we teach the way we do?

    Last summer my son took a summer school high school geometry class. He completed the assignments in three-quarters of the allotted four-week time and received a grade of A. The class was conducted on-line through Oracle in a computer lab at Manhattan High School — with

  • Columns | December 07, 2014

    Obama’s ineptitude on defense evident again

    President Barack Obama’s decision to fire Chuck Hagel as secretary of Defense has revealed serious splits between those who fight the country’s wars and the White House. Hagel was caught in the middle. Instead of parroting White House policy, Hagel tried to lessen


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