Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 02, 2012

    Renewed hope in Myanmar

    Few countries have been as oppressive in recent decades as Myanmar, which has been ruled by a military junta whose stranglehold on its citizens defied international condemnation. It’s perhaps premature to say the country is suddenly embracing democracy, but elections just held for 45 seats

  • Columns | April 02, 2012

    Enough to spend, enough to share

    Someone in Manhattan is spending money. In fact, lots of us are spending money — buying things from groceries to golf clubs to Grand Cherokees, and, very possibly, driving those new cars to restaurants or the movies, as well. The most recent sales tax revenue data

  • Columns | April 02, 2012

    U.S., Russia at odds over missile defense

    Few topics are more confusing or important in our relations with Russia than missile defense. Our two nations are in position to improve relations in almost every other area, but the most important aspect of bilateral relations is the security/military sphere. Unfortunately, our relations

  • Columns | March 30, 2012

    The good weather news for Kansas wheat


    Good news (hooray) from old reliable Bill Spiegel of Kansas Wheat. Bill is from a Jewell County farm family and is noted for his good sense and honesty. The good news he shared is that rain fell on much of the new wheat crop and

  • Columns | March 30, 2012

    Spring cleanup chores await

    We might not be too keen about temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal when June or July roll around, but we can’t complain much about the days or the nights March has brought us. Blossoms on Bradford pears and magnolias, as spectacular as they were,

  • Columns | March 29, 2012

    Domestic drones not for everyone

    No sooner was a satellite launched for intelligence or military purposes than some folks began worrying about being spied from the skies. That concern resurfaced with the introduction of drones, which have become a weapon of modern warfare as well as a surveillance tool. So

  • Columns | March 28, 2012

    Let’s shift our focus to actions

    In the matter of Frank Martin’s departure from Kansas State, let’s keep one thing in mind: Actions speak louder than words. And let’s keep in mind that the most important actions are those immediately ahead. Coach Martin left a tradition-rich program coming

  • Columns | March 27, 2012

    Bus sign space isn’t much to ask

    We were glad to see in Sunday’s Mercury that City Commissioner Wynn Butler isn’t interested in sabotaging the Area Transportation Agency’s effort to provide fixed-route bus service in Manhattan. He sounded downright open to the possibility of allowing ATA to use city

  • Columns | March 26, 2012

    Audiotape isn’t good enough

    The U.S. Supreme Court last week announced that it would allow audiotapes of this week’s arguments about the Obama administration’s health care law to be aired almost immediately after the arguments are finished. That’s better than nothing, but it isn’t

  • Columns | March 23, 2012

    Watching the neighborhoods

    The fatal shooting in Sanford, Fla. of a black teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer has raised questions about race and about that state’s self-defense law. Either or both of those topics may be pertinent to the specific question of possible criminal charges. But

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