Columns

  • Exit polls add to election story

    Kansas has gone for the Republican nominee for president since 1968, and 2012 was no different. By a wide 22-point margin (60 percent to 38 percent), Mitt Romney defeated President Barack Obama in the Sunflower State, an increase of eight points over John McCain’.

  • Governor has made dubious bets

    If Gov. Sam Brownback were a poker player, his opening bid would likely be all-in on every hand. The governor is known as someone who rarely takes half-measures. The tax changes passed in the 2012 legislative session and sweeping proposed changes .

  • ‘Talking points’ generate plenty of talk Oped.comic

    Based on the apparent confusion concerning U.N. Am-bassador Susan Rice’s talking points during network news shows on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, it might be useful to provide some information about the process. I .

  • A time for thanks on the farm

    Sometimes memories crash into you unexpectedly, a sudden recollection or a scent that reminds you of something or someone important — the joys of a childhood day, the heartbreak of a loved one’s passing. I am always surprised by the .

  • Kansas isn’t in the mainstream

    Here on the plain, anchored in the wash of neon red on the U.S. electoral map, some Kansans feel insulated and others feel isolated from the outcome of the 2012 general election, which returned a Democrat to the White House .

  • Putin fires his minister of defense

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired both his defense minister, Dmitri Serdyukov, and the chief of the General Staff, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov. Based on what has appeared in the Russian press, Putin had reasons to fire Serdyukov; Makarov had .

  • Wartime trip to Israel

    Ours was supposed to be a religious trip to the Holy Land, and it was. But it was also a five-day delayed trip back because of Hurricane Sandy and an iron-clad arrangement between United Airlines and our tour company, which .

  • It’s time to cut bait on NBAF

    Some readers may still recall a time before the federal government took over large chunks of the Riley County area. First it was Tuttle Creek Dam, then Fort Riley expansion, and then Milford Dam sent families and towns packing. Now .

  • Veterans’ suicides preventable

    One year ago I was the non-commissioned officer in charge of my battalion barracks for a 24-hour period. This was a task disliked by most sergeants, but we rotated the duty and it was my turn. I had been home .

  • China’s new leader faces major issues

    One of the problems Communist regimes face is succession that is neither regularized nor transparent. We observed such a process in North Korea. Now that Pyongyang’s succession crisis appears over, specialists are trying to figure out what Kim-Jung-un’s .

  • Curiosity builds for next wheat harvest Jimsuber2

    Now mostly planted, the annual wheat watch for the next crop — this one to be harvested in mid-2013 — has begun, complete with a wide range of observations and insights. A pretty good rain in early October did three things: one, .

  • Trip to Russia an eye-opener

    Last month, while the combines of Kansas were harvesting soybean fields, my husband packed and left the country. This was unusual, to say the least, but Bob was extended an invitation from Kansas State University to go to Moscow with .


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