• Kansas isn’t in the mainstream

    Here on the plain, anchored in the wash of neon red on the U.S. electoral map, some Kansans feel insulated and others feel isolated from the outcome of the 2012 general election, which returned a Democrat to the White House .

  • Putin fires his minister of defense

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired both his defense minister, Dmitri Serdyukov, and the chief of the General Staff, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov. Based on what has appeared in the Russian press, Putin had reasons to fire Serdyukov; Makarov had .

  • Wartime trip to Israel

    Ours was supposed to be a religious trip to the Holy Land, and it was. But it was also a five-day delayed trip back because of Hurricane Sandy and an iron-clad arrangement between United Airlines and our tour company, which .

  • It’s time to cut bait on NBAF

    Some readers may still recall a time before the federal government took over large chunks of the Riley County area. First it was Tuttle Creek Dam, then Fort Riley expansion, and then Milford Dam sent families and towns packing. Now .

  • Veterans’ suicides preventable

    One year ago I was the non-commissioned officer in charge of my battalion barracks for a 24-hour period. This was a task disliked by most sergeants, but we rotated the duty and it was my turn. I had been home .

  • China’s new leader faces major issues

    One of the problems Communist regimes face is succession that is neither regularized nor transparent. We observed such a process in North Korea. Now that Pyongyang’s succession crisis appears over, specialists are trying to figure out what Kim-Jung-un’s .

  • Curiosity builds for next wheat harvest Jimsuber2

    Now mostly planted, the annual wheat watch for the next crop — this one to be harvested in mid-2013 — has begun, complete with a wide range of observations and insights. A pretty good rain in early October did three things: one, .

  • Trip to Russia an eye-opener

    Last month, while the combines of Kansas were harvesting soybean fields, my husband packed and left the country. This was unusual, to say the least, but Bob was extended an invitation from Kansas State University to go to Moscow with .

  • Candor needed on Benghazi

    Editor’s note: This letter from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts to President Barack Obama was written last week. Dear Mr. President: During these final days of this coming election, I have been conducting town hall meetings in Kansas. I .

  • Presidential delivery matters

    Nancy Reagan is sure to be pleased that her beloved Ronnie is remembered as “the great communicator.” He had that genial cadence and warm voice that enlivened audiences from the time he announced General Electric radio programs. A friend who .

  • Brownback spin obscures troubling situation

    Despite claims to the contrary by Gov. Sam Brownback and his staff, Kansas is still on path to toward a cumulative $2.4 billion deficit (in the absence of severe budget cuts) by fiscal year 2018. How can that be so, given the .

  • Farm policy difficult for federal government

    National farm policy, in my personal view, has behaved over time like a lurching, overweight and clumsy machine driven by amateurs and causing more harm than good. Its successes have usually been compensatory reverses from disastrous or overly complicated programs .


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