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  • Land sales come in

    In recent years, forgetting for the moment capital gains and estate taxes, land sales by farmers often have meant their landships have come in. That’s a play on an old saying from sailing ship days when owners felt rich .

  • Many at fault for tragedy at U.S. Consulate

    As a retired Foreign Service Officer (FSO), I took special interest in the events in Ben-ghazi. I did not know Ambas-sador Christopher Stevens or any of the other individuals killed. FSOs in the State Department tend to become area specialists .

  • Voting a privilege and a duty

    There is a very important issue this campaign season: the need to register and to vote. It is a sad state of affairs when people abandon their right to vote! In other parts of the world, citizens risk their lives .

  • Voters should re-elect Obama

    Here’s an assessment of the president from the viewpoint of an independent. 1. President Barack Obama was handed two wars (One should have never been waged — no WMDs.) Now mired in the other war for over 11 years.  Bless the .

  • U.S. foreign policy lacks leadership

    A lot of Americans tend to confuse foreign policy with domestic policy.  Concepts like “People are the same all over,” and “It doesn’t matter where one comes from, people are people” come to mind. What is the major .

  • Handling the bacon shortage and school meal programs

    The great bacon shortage scare swept over the land, and you would have thought by the outpouring of lamentations and frustration that everyone outside the super-so-called “healthy” school meal program mandated by the giant federal kitchen police department eats bacon .

  • State tax cuts bring tax shifts

    Most Kansans track politics closely when elected officials are fiddling with changes in taxes and are savvy in understanding how such changes will affect their pocketbooks. How-ever, the massive tax cuts enacted by state lawmakers in the 2012 legislative session have .

  • Mercury wrong on sales tax

    The half-cent sales tax is up for renewal for another 10 years on this fall’s ballot. The county portion would go to roads and bridges. The city portion would be for economic development, with 65 percent for job creation and/or .

  • Territorial spat divides China, Japan

    The Middle East isn’t the world’s only hotspot. Even more dangerous is the territorial dispute between China and Japan over a group of uninhabited islands. Both nations believe a conflict would be in their national interests,but neither .

  • Good news for soybean fields, bad news for inheritors

    Here is some pleasant news from around the eastern Kansas neighborhood: many of the soybean fields contain more beans than previously thought, thanks to that one good rain a few weeks back, apparently. Harvest isn’t going to be a .

  • Are we really better off now?

    Having been around for eight decades, I lived through the aftermath of the Great Depression, when my father lost his job for three years and my parents lost our home. I served in World War II, went to college, married, .

  • Neo-Nazism on the rise in Germany

    At a time when our eyes are focused on tensions in the Middle East, Germany has a new worry, one few Germans believed possible: the rise of neo-Nazis. Having studied in Germany and developed extensive contacts there over the years, .


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