Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | May 11, 2012

    A partial picture of bin Laden

    One day, perhaps, the United States will make public all of Osama bin Laden’s correspondence in order to show a fuller picture of the al-Qaida leader instead of the limited one available now. Not that what the 17 documents made public this week isn’t

  • Columns | May 09, 2012

    Round and round they go

    We took state Sen. Roger Reitz to task in February for supporting a congressional redistricting proposal that would have shifted Manhattan into the 1st District. He was convinced that Kansas would be best served if lawmakers resolved their redistricting conflicts and moved on to other

  • Columns | May 08, 2012

    Discontent on display

    Workers and union members marching on May Day is hardly a new phenomenon. Particularly overseas, parades and demonstrations celebrating workers have been occurring for decades. Some years the various rallies seem like isolated events; some years the workers’ complaints are more legitimate than others. News

  • Columns | May 08, 2012

    A year after bin Laden’s death

    It matters a lot to President Barack Obama that he was president when U.S. SEALs killed Osama bin Laden. We hope it matters for the right reason. Certainly the president deserves credit for making the kind of decision Americans expect their presidents to make.

  • Columns | May 07, 2012

    ‘Big ideas’ weren’t enough

    Newt Gingrich, who in recent weeks has been busier visiting zoos — with Secret Service bodyguards — than campaigning for the Republican nomination for president, was kind enough last Wednesday to tip America off that he would be suspending his campaign in a week. That week is

  • Columns | May 02, 2012

    Take redistricting away from legislators

    Rules matter, whether you’re playing sports or politics. No rule is ever neutral: what restricts one player benefits another. The bump-and-run rule in football increased offense by an average of a touchdown a game. What would sports look like if the players got to

  • Columns | May 02, 2012

    Farm proposals were ill advised

    The U.S. Department of Labor meant well in pursuing changes that would prevent children from working on farms. But those good intentions only paved the road to hellacious —and understandable — opposition from farmers and farm organizations. Chief among the litany of criticisms was that

  • Columns | May 02, 2012

    What provocation will Kim Jong-Un try next?

    The pursuit of international relations is hardly a rational undertaking, as North Korea illustrates. I am not talking about the Stalinist methods with which North Korea oppresses its population. Based on recent material about North Korea’s gulags (“Escape from Camp 14”), I would argue that

  • Columns | May 02, 2012

    Counting on Social Security

    Social Security trustees this week issued their annual projection about the program’s long-term health. Like most others in recent years, it was gloomy. In short, trustees said they expect funding for retirement benefits to fall short three years earlier than they did last year.

  • Columns | May 02, 2012

    Liberty, responsibility key to Kansas’ future

    Most Kansans are familiar with the iconic mural in the Statehouse’s east wing painted by Kansas artist John Steuart Curry. Curry depicts another Kansan, the abolitionist John Brown, his arms spread wide with a Bible and a rifle in his hands as he presides


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