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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | November 20, 2014

    Kansans deserve straight talk

    Enough is Enough! The campaigns are over, and I had hoped that our governmental leadership would get down to the task of restoring a sound financial footing for our state. Declining state revenues have left a hole in the budget. It seems obvious that our

  • Columns | November 16, 2014

    In new Cold War, Russia pesters U.S., NATO

    I remember the day the Berlin Wall was opened. I was in my front room with the TV on and “Pow!” there it was — people were coming through at “Check-point Charlie” while border guards stood by and did nothing.  For two years I had

  • Columns | November 11, 2014

    Staying positive takes courage

    This is not a post-mortem on what went wrong or could have gone better. I am only going to express a few things about the Greg Orman campaign that I learned about the character of Kansas and the difficulty of mounting the first serious challenge

  • Columns | November 09, 2014

    Dropping oil prices pressures producers; cotton tumbles

    Crude oil’s collapse continued this week, with prices nearing $75 per barrel, the lowest level in over three years. Prices are dropping as domestic oil production continues to expand and slowing global economies are reducing demand for petroleum. While most U.S. consumers focus on

  • Columns | November 09, 2014

    Canada comes face to face with terrorism

    If Canadians had thought they were immune to terrorism, recent events in Ottawa, the country’s capital, have made it clear that they are not. Canadians do, however,  recognize that their response will help determine what kind of country Canada will become in the

  • Columns | November 07, 2014

    Brownback coalition prevails

    The Republican coalition led by Gov. Sam Brownback prevailed with Kansas voters on Election Day. The governor fought off a fierce challenge from House Minority Leader Paul Davis and his running mate, Jill Docking. The Republican victory was aided by a national mood that turned

  • Columns | November 06, 2014

    U.S. bolsters energy security

    In the last few months, motorists have watched with growing optimism as U.S. gasoline prices fell to levels not seen in nearly four years. This would normally seem impossible given the turmoil overseas. Today, economists are still debating where the markets might go from

  • Columns | October 30, 2014

    Tax policies are hurting Kansas

    Shawn Sullivan, the current Kansas budget director. recently wrote a column that concluded, “With the growth in the economy and efficiencies to be found by governing better, the budget will be just fine.”   Essentially, this is the story line put forward by Arthur Laffer, who

  • Columns |General Activities | October 29, 2014

    Cameron: Royals have history on their side

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Your magic carpet ride is over, Royals fans. It hardly every seemed possible but, yes, you’ve actually reached that spot on the treasure map marked with an X. You’re here, but you’re not alone — and NOW you actually have

  • Columns | October 26, 2014

    Lower heating costs loom

    Natural gas prices are nearing one-year lows as U.S. production continues at a breakneck pace, building supplies ahead of winter. Last year’s unusually cold and long winter drained US gas inventories to a ten-year low, which buoyed prices near $6.50 last February. Since then,


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