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  • Columns | May 15, 2012

    Happy Mother’s Day

    We know women who are enjoying their first Mother’s Day, and we know women who have enjoyed Mother’s Day long enough for their children to become adults. We also know women who have daughters — and even granddaughters — who have reason to enjoy Mother’

  • Columns | May 15, 2012

    Beltway politics stain Kansas

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of reckless is “marked by lack of proper caution: careless of consequences.” Synonyms include irresponsible, kamikaze and foolhardy. It’s now official: Reckless is among the many ways to de-scribe the actions of politicians at this year’s

  • Columns | May 15, 2012

    Will we let obesity kill us?

    It wasn’t so long ago that Type 2 diabetes was called “adult onset” diabetes for the simple reason that it almost always showed up in adults. Sadly, that’s no longer the case. And just as Americans — including parents, the food industry and lawmakers –— are

  • Columns | May 14, 2012

    Congratulations, graduates!

    This is one of the most joyous weekends of the entire year. It’s graduation time at Kansas State University, and not reports indicating that graduates will enter a difficult job market can spoil the occasion. This is not a weekend to worry. It’s

  • Columns | May 14, 2012

    Kobach’s phony deadline

    In the past decade, fewer than 10 cases of election fraud involving attempts by noncitizens to vote have been reported in Kansas.  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, perhaps best known for writing Arizona’s punitive anti-illegal immigration law, said his office last year turned

  • Columns |Area Schools | May 13, 2012

    More forensics to celebrate

    It isn’t often that we have the pleasure on consecutive days to recognize state champions from local high schools. So it is today that we congratulate members of the Rock Creek High School forensics team. They were winning the 3A state championship in Wichita

  • Columns | May 12, 2012

    Congratulations, champions!

    Manhattan High School forensics coach Shawn Rafferty this morning called his 2012 team a “great group of kids who, led by talented and committed seniors, really wanted to do well this year.” At the 6A state forensics tournament over the weekend, they were outstanding, winning the

  • Columns | May 12, 2012

    What about schools, governor?

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to radically change longstanding policies regarding income taxes and public education funding are facing increasing scrutiny and criticism. The most recent challenge comes from the Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, a group of former legislators and party leaders. They are

  • Columns | May 12, 2012

    Tax cuts are great, but…

    About the best we can say about the tax compromise Kansas legislators agreed to last week is that it isn’t as risky as it might have been. Not that there isn’t something in the compromise to like; after all, everybody likes tax cuts.

  • Columns | May 12, 2012

    Russia, China hold naval collaboration

    In mid-April, Russia and China embarked on an experiment: a joint naval exercise in Chinese waters. To some in the West, such undertakings are worrisome: perhaps they pre-sage closer ties between the Russian and Chinese navies. I have taken part in Russian-U.S. naval exchanges

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