• Moscow and Crimea: Signs of renewed trouble

    It seems like the world can’t exist without a crisis somewhere — a situation that can turn into a war with all that portends. A recent example comes from Ukraine, or more specifically, Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014. .

  • Bracing for more budget cuts?

    It’s tough to be optimistic about the state’s financial situation when the governor’s office “asks” state agencies, including universities, to consider the possibility of 5-percent spending cuts. In doing so last week, administration officials cautioned that the .

  • Which direction will Kansas go?

    Duane Goossen Contributing Writer Kansas has come to a “T” in the road and must decide which way to turn. A more apt way to say it:  Kansas has come to a “T” in the road, overshot the inter-section, .

  • Wefald’s book is required reading

    Ron Inman Contributing Writer Ned Seaton’s July 31 review of Jon Wefald’s new book, “The Transformative Years at Kansas State: The Years of President Jon Wefald from 1986 to 2009,” was excellent. I’m a three-time graduate of K-State and have .

  • Putting Turkey back together will be difficult

    Changes in government are normal. Some, however,  have a major impact on world affairs, such as Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.  The ramifications of that decision may not be known for years. The European community .

  • China takes control of the South China Sea

    The U.N. Permanent Court of Arbitration’s recent decision in the dispute between China and the Philippines over control of the the South China Sea wasn’t some incidental action. It was important. The basic question concerns who controls .

  • Another Charlie Brown election?

    We know the story by heart. Lucy has once again cajoled Charlie Brown to kick the football that she will hold for him. Even though he is dubious, he remains, as ever, just optimistic enough.  He approaches the ball, .

  • NATO emerges stronger and more unified

    While many of us were watching the horrible events unfold in Dallas, President Barack Obama was in Warsaw at what has turned out to be an important NATO conference. It is no exaggeration to suggest that led by Germany, the .

  • German official does the impossible: Raises defense spending

    Several years ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel took the surprising step of appointing a woman to the post of defense minister.  From a German military standpoint, this was unheard of.  Never had there been a female in charge .

  • Improving on the FOIA

    Days before the 50th anniversary of the passage of the original Freedom of Information Act, President Obama signed a new freedom of information bill into law Thursday that formalizes a fundamental and essential tenet of a free democracy: the right .

  • Britain’s vote creates opportunities for Russia

    Great Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will shake up European politics like no event since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  For years, those of us who taught European politics discussed the evolution of Europe from a .

  • Be wary of OTC hearing aids

    We are writing in response to the recent op-ed column, “Make hearing aids affordable.” That article makes some excellent points regarding the number of Americans who have hearing loss and the fact that Medicare and many insurance plans do not .


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