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  • Columns | September 14, 2012

    LGBT rights face challenges

    While press and punditry diligently tracked Gov. Sam Brownback’s effort to unseat moderate Republicans in the August primaries, they’ve largely overlooked a development that is energizing conservatives in two Kansas cities for the general election. In Salina and Hutchinson, battles are being waged

  • Columns | September 13, 2012

    Messages of hope from Libya

    No question there are angry Muslims in North Africa and the Persian Gulf region who vent their rage at the United States. Some of those who have rioted this week were motivated at least in part by a video insulting to Islam. For other protesters,

  • Columns | September 09, 2012

    New life for GOP moderates?

    Chapman Rackaway Contributing Writer Political parties are like sports teams. Most fans to stay with one from cradle to grave. People leave political parties with that same rarity. So it was noteworthy that Wichita’s Jean Schodorf, one of the moderate Republicans unseated in the

  • Columns | September 09, 2012

    Did SEAL leak details of raid on bin Laden?

    Probably everyone by now has heard about “No Easy Day,” the book by a former Navy SEAL who was involved in the killing of Osama bin Laden. Aside from the mysterious world it uncovers, the book raises questions about the Obama administration’s official story

  • Columns | September 03, 2012

    BBB: The Internet offers a fertile ground for pyramid schemes

    Just as ancient Egypt’s pyramids were the final resting places of the Pharaohs, today’s internet pyramid schemes are where some folks’ investments go to die. These scams have been around forever and have crossed over into the internet age with gusto. The Better

  • Columns | September 03, 2012

    China flexes its muscles over islands

    The South Pacific and South China Sea are increasingly becoming an area of contention involving China and some of its neighbors, especially the Phil-ippines and Vietnam but also Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Taiwan. China believes it is becoming a “great power,” and is beginning to

  • Columns | September 03, 2012

    One hurdle remains for the Brownback agenda

    Governor Sam Brownback and his political allies may take victory laps for their primary election successes.  However, their quest to remove any legislative check on the Brownback agenda must clear one remaining hurdle.  Democrats will be contesting Republicans in 31 of 40 senate seats and

  • Columns | August 30, 2012

    Religion, politics a potent mix

    “Red State Religion,” written by Princeton sociologist and native Kansan Robert Wuthnow, is a new book that chronicles the influence of religion on Kansas’ historical and political development. His effort moves beyond Thomas Frank’s conclusion in “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” that religion

  • Columns | August 28, 2012

    Sales tax has clear attractions

    The sales tax analysis provided by City Commissioner Jim Sherow provides a compelling argument but may not have contained all of the variables. Three additional variables must be considered. The first is the fact that 30 to 40 percent of the sales taxes generated are from individuals

  • Columns | August 27, 2012

    Issues with farm practices


    Every once in a while, great things and ideas let us down a little. Take no-till farming. Because of the severe heat and drought the last two or more years in western Kansas, no-till farming of non-irrigated wheat is not working very well, according to

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