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  • 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

  • Columns | February 24, 2013

    Drought, crops, cattle make agriculture news


    Batting around a few current topics…we continue dry…farmers and stockmen are becoming caught in a new cost-price squeeze…sold farm land last year was 74 percent bought by farmers…demand and prices for most farm commodities are falling. The good news is that some

  • Columns | February 22, 2013

    Brownback’s policies harmful

    I am disheartened by the plans of Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies in the Legislature to radically change our state. I also confess to resentment at being forced into an experiment that seems only to harm me and people like me. Here is why

  • Columns | February 19, 2013

    Our social bonds are fraying

    Another Valentine’s Day is in the history books… and it got me thinking. I teach a couple communications classes, and last week I asked students how many had either written or received a love letter, or just a letter, in the last few years.

  • Columns | February 18, 2013

    Allow grocers to sell liquor

    One of the many benefits of Kansas living are the free market principles valued by the people and initiated by the state. Yet in one area, we’ve long avoided changing how adult beverages are sold, allowing the government, not consumers, to dictate where these

  • Columns | February 17, 2013

    Obama is not just another ‘dude’

    While I recognize Bill Felber’s right to express his opinion about President Barack Obama’s trip to Nevada to speak to an audience of mostly Latino high school students about immigration reform, I feel the “Arts and Entertainment” section of the Mercury (Sunday, Feb. 10)&

  • Columns | February 17, 2013

    EU mends differences, OKs budget

    Americans who are frustrated at the budget dispute in Washington and who fear that Democrats and Republicans will not reach an agreement before sequestration takes effect March 1 ought to consider what has just happened in Europe. Developments there suggest that even the most combative foes

  • Columns | February 14, 2013

    Keeping relationships abuse-free

    Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate loving relation-ships. But maybe it is also a good time for parents to check-in with their teenagers who may be involved in a romantic rela-tionship. If you are a parent of a teenager, do you know the

  • Columns | February 11, 2013

    Across the congressional divide

    In some places, Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District and Kansas’ “Big First” are about 100 miles apart.  Politically, they are at opposite ends of the universe. This divide makes the “fiscal cliff,” gun control, abortion rights, and other issues very difficult.  Missouri’s Emanuel

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