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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | November 04, 2012

    Brownback spin obscures troubling situation

    Despite claims to the contrary by Gov. Sam Brownback and his staff, Kansas is still on path to toward a cumulative $2.4 billion deficit (in the absence of severe budget cuts) by fiscal year 2018. How can that be so, given the governor’s claims of a

  • Columns | October 28, 2012

    Farm policy difficult for federal government

    National farm policy, in my personal view, has behaved over time like a lurching, overweight and clumsy machine driven by amateurs and causing more harm than good. Its successes have usually been compensatory reverses from disastrous or overly complicated programs like the old set aside

  • Columns | October 28, 2012

    Armed forces imperiled by sequestration

    I doubt many people realize the impact that President Barack Obama’s cuts to the military budget, not to mention sequestration stemming from an ill-advised agreement between Republicans and Democrats,  will have on our country. In the first instance, there will be a 9-percent

  • Columns | October 23, 2012

    An antidote for student debt…

    A March 2012 study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 84 percent of college graduates thought the expense of going to college was a good investment. As a university president, it is easy to feel reassured. As the parent of

  • Columns | October 21, 2012

    City shines during leaders’ visit

    We have yet another reason to be extremely proud of our community! The shining star of the State of Kansas shone its brightest during the recent visit of the Leadership Kansas Class of 2012 to Manhattan-Junction City. This group of 40 leaders from 23 Kansas cities represents a

  • Columns | October 21, 2012

    The farm community badly needs a wetter winter

    And now the experts are saying that it appears that many of us west of the Mississippi will have to hope for a much wetter than normal spring to put enough moisture into the ground to plant for next fall’s crops. The federal government

  • Columns | October 21, 2012

    Russia tired of dealing with America

    There are a number of indications that Russia is fed up dealing with the United States.  The Kremlin thinks the “reset” that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed is a farce, and cannot believe anything that the United States — especially President Obama — says. Yet

  • Columns | October 17, 2012

    Making the connections…

    Domestic violence is the use of intentional emotional, psychological, sexual or physical force by one family member or intimate partner to control another. Substance abuse is an unhealthy pattern of alcohol or drug use that usually leads to frequent, serious problems at home, school or

  • Columns | October 14, 2012

    Land sales come in

    In recent years, forgetting for the moment capital gains and estate taxes, land sales by farmers often have meant their landships have come in. That’s a play on an old saying from sailing ship days when owners felt rich when their “ships came in”

  • Columns | October 14, 2012

    Many at fault for tragedy at U.S. Consulate

    As a retired Foreign Service Officer (FSO), I took special interest in the events in Ben-ghazi. I did not know Ambas-sador Christopher Stevens or any of the other individuals killed. FSOs in the State Department tend to become area specialists because it takes time to

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