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  • Columns | September 22, 2012

    Glancing into agricultural around the world

    The TV showed a big volcano blasting forth rather unexpectedly. The ash and fumes blown two miles into the atmosphere reminded us of other, historic volcanoes that literally changed the world’s climate for several years with their very own and very natural additions to

  • Columns | September 22, 2012

    Eco-devo in Brownback era

    Sam Brownback came to KU last week and rhapsodized about his tax-cut legislation at the Business School’s annual Chandler Lecture. “We are trying to create a pro-growth environment,” he said, as he defended the large and highly weighted (to partnerships, trusts, sole proprietors, etc.)

  • Columns | September 21, 2012

    Let’s find health care solutions

    I love the Olympics.  It is not as if I usually follow any of those sports, but I really care about swimming and hurdles and even beach volleyball. Perhaps it is the hype, perhaps the patriotic appeal, perhaps the two-week scenario of so many

  • Columns | September 17, 2012

    Don’t change school start times

    I’ve spent much of the last week visiting with parents, teachers and administrators about the issue of school start times in USD 383. There are certainly valid arguments on all sides. Ideally, it would to be in the best interest of all schools to start

  • Columns | September 16, 2012

    Looming cuts mean disaster for Pentagon

    An 800-pound guerrilla is about to descend on us, and if it has the impact many observers believe, it could do our armed forces irreparable harm. This comes in the form of massive cuts in defense spending amid the possibility of an armed conflict with

  • Columns | September 16, 2012

    Corn crop tests skewed by contaminated equipment

    My farmer friend was definitely “hacked off.” Big Grain versus Little Farmer can do that. This corn harvest, as everyone knows, has been short on corn from most fields and long on a natural toxic substance called aflatoxin. That stuff shows up in corn during

  • Columns | September 14, 2012

    LGBT rights face challenges

    While press and punditry diligently tracked Gov. Sam Brownback’s effort to unseat moderate Republicans in the August primaries, they’ve largely overlooked a development that is energizing conservatives in two Kansas cities for the general election. In Salina and Hutchinson, battles are being waged

  • Columns | September 13, 2012

    Messages of hope from Libya

    No question there are angry Muslims in North Africa and the Persian Gulf region who vent their rage at the United States. Some of those who have rioted this week were motivated at least in part by a video insulting to Islam. For other protesters,

  • Columns | September 09, 2012

    New life for GOP moderates?

    Chapman Rackaway Contributing Writer Political parties are like sports teams. Most fans to stay with one from cradle to grave. People leave political parties with that same rarity. So it was noteworthy that Wichita’s Jean Schodorf, one of the moderate Republicans unseated in the

  • Columns | September 09, 2012

    Did SEAL leak details of raid on bin Laden?

    Probably everyone by now has heard about “No Easy Day,” the book by a former Navy SEAL who was involved in the killing of Osama bin Laden. Aside from the mysterious world it uncovers, the book raises questions about the Obama administration’s official story

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