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  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    The decline of small-town grocers


    It seems the lament for small town grocery stores must continue until the last one of them is shuttered. Unless they can “morph” into hybrid convenience stores, their demise seems almost inevitable to me. A few are surviving under creative ownerships and stubbornness. The causes

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    All Americans are in their debt

    Tomorrow is Memorial Day. It’s a hallowed national occasion that has the distinction and misfortune of concluding a weekend that unofficially kicks off summer, includes the most famous car race in America, lots of sales and enough boating, beer and barbecue to fill an

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Kansas’ cosmic role of the dice

    In 1932, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis opined, “A single courageous State may… serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Kansas has taken that laboratory spirit seriously with a new effort that

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Elephants are easy to forget

    African elephants are hard to hide. They’re also hard to protect from poachers, who kill the animals, cut their tusks off and leave the carcasses to rot. Experts say there may be 400,000 African elephants left on the planet. If that sounds like a lot,

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Let’s dig out of financial hole

    We all know that our annual deficit — the spending of more than $1 trillion over tax revenues — and that our national debt of almost $16 trillion are unsustainable. But how did it get this bad, and more important, what are we going to do about it? Well

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Dueling messages in Yemen

    Radical Islamists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere who insist on portraying Americans as unholy crusaders or satanic imperialists are likely to enjoy more success when their propaganda is accompanied by threats. But then, propaganda that lacks truth or contains just enough to make the

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    MHS ends year on a high note

    Congratulations — again — to Manhattan High School for having been included in a list of America’s best high schools for the third year in a row. The list, formerly known as Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools, is now called the High School Challenge

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    School’s out

    Manhattan school chil-dren might not have flooded fast-food restaurants at noon as has often been the case on the last day of school, but that’s only because, unlike most last days, this one didn’t end before lunch. That disappointment was probably more than

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Few will miss Libyan terrorist

    Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan intelligence officer given a life sentence for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988, has died, finally. More well known in recent years for receiving a hero’s welcome after he was released from

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Too much of a good thing

    Gov. Sam Brownback can blame the Kansas Senate for tax-cut legislation that even he acknowledges is excessive, but if he truly objects to it, as he should, he ought to do the responsible thing and veto it. Kansans who won’t need anything from the

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