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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 15, 2012

    Brownback’s legislative priorities in peril

    Leadership and timing are everything in politics. These two factors have much to do with what appears to be a legislative session on the brink of failure for Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback came into the session with a long list of conservative initiatives. He proposed

  • Columns | April 15, 2012

    Europoliticians hold Ph.D.s in high regard

    Individuals who have spent time in Europe discover that one of the bona fides for many politicians is to obtain a doctoral degree. It doesn’t need to result in the publication of a book or a series of articles; most important is the title “

  • Columns | April 15, 2012

    Our city has a new jewel

    We suspect most area residents who take advantage of Saturday’s grand opening and open house for the Flint Hills Discovery Center will be impressed, if not downright wowed. Skeptics of what has been dismissed as a $24.5 million grass museum and folks who’ve not

  • Columns | April 15, 2012

    Brownback’s legislative priorities in peril

    Leadership and timing are everything in politics. These two factors have much to do with what appears to be a legislative session on the brink of failure for Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback came into the session with a long list of conservative initiatives. He proposed

  • Columns | April 12, 2012

    Anti-theft plan is, well, smart

    No sooner were cell phones invented than ne’er-do-wells began stealing them. When cell phones evolved into smart phones, discriminating thieves noticed and kept busy. Their size, one of their selling points, makes them convenient targets; they’re easy to make off with. A thief

  • Columns | April 11, 2012

    Vilsack talks up a prized asset

    Kansas is a pretty good place for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to extol the virtues of farming, and Tom Vilsack made the most of his opportunity during a Landon Lecture on Tuesday at McCain Auditorium. The “yahoo from Yahoo” who decided that agriculture

  • Columns | April 11, 2012

    The hype is false; beef is safe, nutritious

    Let’s give credit where credit is due.  Whoever first came up with the idea of publicizing the term “pink slime” was a media genius. Green, blue, pink… doesn’t matter; slime is one word that brings forth truly negative images. People don’t

  • Columns | April 10, 2012

    U.S., world juggle crises

    In a perfect world, there would be no international problems. In a nearly perfect world, there would be no problems that couldn’t be solved. In the world as it exists today, however, simply managing problems is challenge enough. So it is that Iran, North

  • Columns | April 09, 2012

    A welcome step for bicyclists

    In approving a proposal to reduce the speed limit on Moro Street from 30 to 20 miles per hour, the Manhattan City Commission has shown a welcome willingness to give “bike boulevards” a chance. It’s refreshing that something — anything — is actually occurring that recognizes the utility

  • Columns |Men's Basketball | April 08, 2012

    Recent events show power of AD Currie

    If it wasn’t clear enough already, the turnover in the men’s basketball program has emphasized a decade-long trend in Kansas State athletics. Put simply, it’s this: The athletic director is really in charge. Frank Martin, who left K-State for what most would


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