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  • Columns | January 22, 2013

    Apology welcome, long overdue

    Apologies have become passé. Apologizing takes humility and respect, two traits severely lacking in today’s society. That’s what makes an apology from a genuinely contrite individual all the more appreciated. It is hard to admit you are wrong. This comes to mind with

  • Columns | January 21, 2013

    Let voters resolve school funding

    On Jan. 11, a panel of three state court judges ordered Kansas lawmakers to boost school funding and resurrected a constitutional conflict that has been simmering in Kansas politics for most of the last 50 years. The conflict revolves around two fundamental issues: What is the proper

  • Columns | January 20, 2013

    Stewpot full of information

    Once upon a time 40 years ago there was a boss who was half entertaining and half off putting and/or disconcerting. In that business in those days it was not unusual to encounter the maladjusted, the warped, the physically maimed, the permanent social cripple, the

  • Columns | January 20, 2013

    Hagel and the future of the U.S. military

    There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama’s recent nominees for Cabinet positions.  The nomination of Sen. John Kerry to head the State Department came first. Jack Lew is going to Treasury, and is expected to follow Obama’s fiscal

  • Columns | January 18, 2013

    Superb local care is a life-saver

    With a variety of perspectives, I am grateful for the efforts to reduce the impact of cardiac disease in Manhattan. These range from working to reduce second-hand smoke, which contributes to acute and chronic coronary disease, to enhanced abilities to deal with acute heart attacks,

  • 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

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    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


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