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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | August 08, 2015

    New Russian naval doctrine should matter to U.S.

    I mentioned to a colleague that the Russians have a new naval doctrine and that it is certain to have a major impact on the Kremlin’s military. My friend was disinterested, observing that Kansas is about far as you can get from the ocean

  • Columns | August 02, 2015

    Let’s stand up for public schools

    In the July 14 Mercury, Tim de Noble submitted a vivid and powerful piece articulating the state of public education in Kansas. Mr. de Noble invoked the imagery of the Dust Bowl in order to emphasize the dire environment in which Kansas’ public schools are operating.

  • Columns | August 02, 2015

    Asia, U.S. must adapt to newly emerging Japan

    Japan may be on the verge of a major breakthrough when it comes to the use of force. If Article 9 of its Constitution is revised, Japan’s military will be able to not only defend the country’s home islands but other countries as well.

  • Columns | July 28, 2015

    If it walks, quacks like a duck…

    Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick, who in 2010 was voted Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Ex-change Council (ALEC), sent a fundraising appeal to lobbyists during the 2015 legislative session asking for gifts ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Merrick, a member of the ALEC Board of Directors,

  • Columns | July 26, 2015

    Iran comes out ahead in nuclear agreement

    President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran will probably be one of the most heavily criticized U.S. agreements in years.  But before evaluating the agreement, permit me to note that I have worked with arms control and know something about the process. 

  • Columns | July 24, 2015

    The ‘pay-fors’ are coming due

    Last January, Gov. Sam Brown-back was trying hard to shift the blame for an expanding state budget crisis. Referring to the 2012 Kansas income tax cuts, he told the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, “What I got from the Legislature was a naked tax cut with none

  • Columns | July 23, 2015

    Iran’s government complicated

    With a nuclear deal between the international community and Iran to ensure that Iran will not have the capability to build a nuclear weapon, the world is reminded yet again that Iran is one of the most important countries in the Middle East. It has

  • Columns | July 18, 2015

    Is Russia really America’s greatest threat?

    “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” So said Gen. Joseph Dunford, incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff earlier this month. Dunford, now commander of the Marine Corps, surprised lawmakers July 9 when he bluntly told them that Russia, not ISIS, is

  • Columns | July 14, 2015

    Kansas Dust Bowl alarming

    Beginning in 1934, a 150,000-square-mile area that included Kansas was devastated by drought, winds, static electricity, loss of vegetation and poor farming practices resulting in a self-perpetuating cycle of environmental, social and economic degradation now referred to as the Dust Bowl. It was not a cause

  • Columns | July 11, 2015

    Problems, prospects accompany new fighter jet

    Developing a new fighter jet isn’t easy.  It is expensive and includes the most advanced technological equipment. So much money is involved that failing to produce a promised weapon such as fighter plane could send the company building it to the poor house.&

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