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  • Gruber touched countless lives

    Last Friday I returned to Manhattan for the unfortu-nate reason of attending the memorial service of a former colleague, Chris Gruber, director of development for the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State, who passed away in a plane accident on .

  • Brownback’s tax plan harmful

    Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature are in a bind. The official revenue estimate for fiscal 2014 is more than $600 million short of the governor’s recommended budget for the year. He must be desperate to find more revenue to .

  • A military-inclusive community

    For the past 16 years, I have shared the privilege and burden of helping shape Manhattan and Kansas State University into what I would argue is the most military-inclusive community in the country.  The best evidence for me is when .

  • Economy is Putin’s focus in Germany

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Germany was notable for a number of reasons. First, he shrugged off German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s expression of concern over his crackdown on non-governmental institutions. Second, his visit was an indication .

  • Liberal arts is a field of study that produces thinkers

    “The average graduate leaves with $22,000 in debt and a diploma which may or may not translate into a real-world job.  This system would benefit from a discussion of return on investment.” -Rep. Nick Rhoades (R-Newton), Chair of the Kansas .

  • Economic reforms are smart

    “For $41 million, you built a playoff … You won the exact same number of games that the Yankees won but the Yankees spent $1.4 million per win and you paid $260,000. I know you’re taking it in the teeth out there, but .

  • Let’s make a great city better

    Editor’s note: John Matta was elected Manhattan’s new mayor Tuesday. This, edited for length, is the text of his remarks. First, I want to thank outgoing commissioners Loren Pep-perd and Jim Sherow for their service. Both are former .

  • Suicide stigma adds to grief

    I appreciate Dr. Palmer Meek’s recent effort to clarify the tragic death of Scott Marshall. I will always recall with great sadness the heartbreaking loss of a young man so filled with promise and potential. I understand the need .

  • Progress against sexual assault

    Over the past 20 years, the percentage of victims of rape and sexual assault who reported the assault to the police has increased from 28.8 percent in 1993 to 50 percent today. This is both an indication of how far we’ve come and .

  • U.S. still ‘re-setting’ relationship with Russia

    Given how much of my life I have devoted to trying to understand first the U.S.S.R. and later Russia, I was pleased to hear then-Secretary of State Clinton’s call for a “re-set” in our bilateral relations. &.

  • Who can challenge Brownback?

    Opening a newspaper must be depressing for Gov. Sam Brownback of late. Bad news abounds.  The Hutchinson News’ editor scathingly eulogized the State of Kansas in a recent editorial, laying blame at the feet of Brownback’s conser-vative agenda, .

  • Higher ed vital to state economy

    Most employers in Kansas would agree that a robust higher education system is important to our state’s economy, innovation and national repu-tation. In recent years, however, we have continued to see legislative attempts to reduce funding in state universities. .


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