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  • Columns | March 17, 2013

    Kerry to try to reset ties with Russia

    Not so long ago, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they were going to “reset” U.S.- Russian relations. Both sides recognized that there was room for improvement. Attention now shifts to new Secretary of State, John

  • Columns | March 14, 2013

    State should expand Medicaid

    I have the privilege of serving an organization whose religious founders instilled in our health ministry the moral conviction that every person deserves access to health care. At Via Christi, our commitment to serving as a healing presence to the most vulnerable among us means

  • Columns | March 12, 2013

    Ball, Strawn deserve your vote

    Because Our Manhattan is focused on taxes, infrastruct-ure and responsible growth, we endorse and fully support John Ball and Bob Strawn for City Commission. Of the seven candidates seeking your vote, John and Bob have proven they have the leadership and man-agement skills that we

  • Columns | March 11, 2013

    Elect all women, and Estabrook

    On April 2, we citizens of Manhattan have a prime opportunity to vote onto the City Commission and School Board some of the best candidates our town has to offer. To make it easy to remember, this is what I suggest: vote in all the women

  • Columns | March 10, 2013

    The snow storms helped set the stage for spring


    Behind the snows and the cold clouds and penetrating winds and icy mud tracks, rapidly and stealthily sneaking up on us is spring. In less than three weeks it will be here officially. Already this year appears to be a lot different from last year’

  • Columns | March 10, 2013

    Italian politics are as confusing as ever

    There is a financial monster haunting both Europe and the United States. Its name is austerity. Both Europe and the United States are in frightening financial shape, and both need desperately to balance their books. With the exception of Germany and a few others, neither

  • Columns | March 03, 2013

    A general sort of winter storm

    On the wild Plains a high price is often commanded for moisture. As far as snows go or snow goes, we’ve all seen worse. Not that this one wasn’t a fine storm, but like a boxer, each brings its own style to the

  • Columns | March 03, 2013

    Nation must erect adequate cyber defenses

    We have entering a new world, one that may well revolutionize our lives. This comes to mind in light of the report from the Mandiant Co. on Chinese efforts to hack U.S. companies. I am not surprised that the Chinese are hacking government facilities.

  • Columns | March 01, 2013

    America’s leadership lacking

    I was in the process of drafting a letter when I read the article by Arthur F. Loub. He covered, with ability, several of my concerns. Now I would like to revert to the past and touch on some of the causes of our most

  • Columns | February 24, 2013

    Obama’s Syria policy is a failure

    One of the things I learned as a diplomat is that no policy is a policy.  If you do nothing and the other side does something, you have helped the other side achieve its goal. Unfortunately, that is what is happening in Syria. The

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