Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | January 13, 2013

    German’s campaign is farcical

    For Americans who think some of our politicians do dumb things, we are not alone. Germany has a politician who rivals our most inept.  In fact, he is running to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel next September — or sooner if instability threatens the ruling coalition.

  • Columns | January 13, 2013

    Trust that it’s OK for farmers to dissent


    Trust is a two-way street, an idea that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack seems not to grasp very well. As reported earlier here, the administration’s chosen one to run the USDA employed the attack style and tone of speech that has

  • Columns | January 06, 2013

    America’s states stay in the game

    Last week we spent a few days in Seattle, with its short days and chilly drizzle. Nothing remarkable, really. Well, save that same-sex couples can get married and that marijuana is legal. Oh, and the city is enjoying a huge economic expansion (Gov. Sam Brownback:

  • Columns | January 06, 2013

    ‘Kremlin shoots itself in the foot again’

    The headline atop this article is from a Russian newspaper criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to sign a bill forbidding Americans from adopting Russian orphans despite the fact that thousands of them living in orphanages and children’s homes. The author of that

  • Columns | January 04, 2013

    Memories of ’93 flood powerful

    There is a picture on the wall in my kitchen of a house in the Kansas River. It is a picture I show guests often, and their apparent awe is always the same. It is ironic to be reminiscing about the Flood of 1993 when for

  • Columns | December 30, 2012

    Inouye was a warrior, statesman

    I didn’t know Sen. Daniel Inouye, but I certainly felt as if I did. I was stationed in Hawaii in 1959, when he won his first Congressional election. I remember seeing him at an election rally and being impressed. I also developed a strong attachment

  • Columns | December 30, 2012

    Blanket of snow good for wheat


    We who care about such things wanted Mama Nature to unfurl a comforting and protective winter “blankee” of snow over our fields and pastures and wish us “Sweet Dreams” during a long deep sleep. There is nothing like a good snow cover, particularly for a

  • Columns | December 24, 2012

    Nontraditional and unforgettable

    Fifty years ago, I spent my first Christmas away from home. It was a Christmas that will vividly remain in my memory. I was a student in Benaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. As Christmas approached, I felt a longing creep into me. I began

  • Columns | December 22, 2012

    Guns aren’t the problem…

    Another tragic shooting. I join the world in sorrow for the inconceivable and thoughtless slaughter of those children and faculty members. But make sense of it? Good luck with that. I can, though, give an explanation. It’s complicated and many-faceted, so bear with me.

  • Columns | December 22, 2012

    Nobody’s happy with North Korean launch

    Seldom have I seen an action that has angered so many nations and yet left them appearing helpless as North Korean’s recent missile launch. For the United States, the launch means North Korea could one day launch a nuclear weapon that could strike the

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