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  • Columns | April 20, 2012

    Russian arms dealer is no mere criminal

    Readers might have missed the verdict issued to a Russian arms dealer named Viktor Bout, the “The Merchant of Death. After being seized in Thailand, he was brought to New York in 2010, where he was tried for his efforts to sell arms — particularly weapons that

  • Columns | April 20, 2012

    The year of Mayor Sherow

    Jim Sherow’s year as mayor concludes Tuesday night. Based on the agenda he laid out when taking office, that 12-month term has had its successes, most notably advances in the north and south redevelopment areas along with the city’s general economic prosperity. It’

  • Columns | April 20, 2012

    De-boarding the airport

    We’re big fans of the Manhattan airport. We are emphatically not big fans of the current way the Kansas Department of Transportation is trying to re-route car traffic from the airport back to Manhattan. We view it as a disaster waiting to happen. If

  • Columns | April 19, 2012

    Quit fighting over sales tax

    Let’s start with this: Bringing new businesses to the Manhattan area and encouraging existing businesses to grow are very important priorities. We say that for many reasons, but today we say it because the Manhattan City Commission is in a spitting fight with the

  • Columns | April 18, 2012

    Seeking justice in Norway

    How the Norwegian who has admitted to killing 77 people last summer is ultimately dealt with depends on his level of sanity — and there’s some debate about that. Two sets of psychiatrists have examined the man, 33-year-old Anders-Behring Breivik. One found him to be a “

  • Columns | April 17, 2012

    NBAF remains the clear choice

    So now, after years of study, an exhaustive national search for the right spot, and the selection of Manhattan for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, federal officials might go in another direction? So it seems. A National Research Council committee met last week in

  • Columns | April 16, 2012

    Kim’s defiant display is a dud

    Observers reacted with skepticism last month when the Obama administration and North Korea reached an agreement under which the United States would provide food aid and North Korea would suspend uranium enrichment and long-range missile tests and welcome international nuclear inspectors. There wasn’t much

  • 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 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 “

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