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  • State tax cuts bring tax shifts

    Most Kansans track politics closely when elected officials are fiddling with changes in taxes and are savvy in understanding how such changes will affect their pocketbooks. How-ever, the massive tax cuts enacted by state lawmakers in the 2012 legislative session have .

  • Mercury wrong on sales tax

    The half-cent sales tax is up for renewal for another 10 years on this fall’s ballot. The county portion would go to roads and bridges. The city portion would be for economic development, with 65 percent for job creation and/or .

  • Territorial spat divides China, Japan

    The Middle East isn’t the world’s only hotspot. Even more dangerous is the territorial dispute between China and Japan over a group of uninhabited islands. Both nations believe a conflict would be in their national interests,but neither .

  • Good news for soybean fields, bad news for inheritors

    Here is some pleasant news from around the eastern Kansas neighborhood: many of the soybean fields contain more beans than previously thought, thanks to that one good rain a few weeks back, apparently. Harvest isn’t going to be a .

  • Are we really better off now?

    Having been around for eight decades, I lived through the aftermath of the Great Depression, when my father lost his job for three years and my parents lost our home. I served in World War II, went to college, married, .

  • Neo-Nazism on the rise in Germany

    At a time when our eyes are focused on tensions in the Middle East, Germany has a new worry, one few Germans believed possible: the rise of neo-Nazis. Having studied in Germany and developed extensive contacts there over the years, .

  • Glancing into agricultural around the world

    The TV showed a big volcano blasting forth rather unexpectedly. The ash and fumes blown two miles into the atmosphere reminded us of other, historic volcanoes that literally changed the world’s climate for several years with their very own .

  • Eco-devo in Brownback era

    Sam Brownback came to KU last week and rhapsodized about his tax-cut legislation at the Business School’s annual Chandler Lecture. “We are trying to create a pro-growth environment,” he said, as he defended the large and highly weighted (to .

  • Let’s find health care solutions

    I love the Olympics.  It is not as if I usually follow any of those sports, but I really care about swimming and hurdles and even beach volleyball. Perhaps it is the hype, perhaps the patriotic appeal, perhaps the .

  • Don’t change school start times

    I’ve spent much of the last week visiting with parents, teachers and administrators about the issue of school start times in USD 383. There are certainly valid arguments on all sides. Ideally, it would to be in the best interest .

  • Looming cuts mean disaster for Pentagon

    An 800-pound guerrilla is about to descend on us, and if it has the impact many observers believe, it could do our armed forces irreparable harm. This comes in the form of massive cuts in defense spending amid the possibility .

  • Corn crop tests skewed by contaminated equipment

    My farmer friend was definitely “hacked off.” Big Grain versus Little Farmer can do that. This corn harvest, as everyone knows, has been short on corn from most fields and long on a natural toxic substance called aflatoxin. That stuff .


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