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  • Columns | May 31, 2012

    Coordination vital for NBAF

    Progress toward NBAF might not have taken a giant step forward Tuesday, but the commitment to the project demonstrated by several of this state’s most powerful politicians remains cause for optimism. The occasion, as a story in Tuesday’s Mercury reported, was a meeting

  • Columns | May 29, 2012

    America is ‘where the buffalo roam’

    We’re not sure the United States needs an official mammal, having gotten along pretty well for more than 230 years without one. But if in its intermittent wisdom,  Congress decides a national mammal is appropriate, the American bison — better known as the buffalo — is

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Article a disservice to museum

    I was puzzled at first — then troubled — by your sometimes strange article May 20 concerning the decision to release Bill North from the staff of the Beach Museum of Art. In some ways, I believe, you have contributed to the maximum possible awkwardness in this matter —

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Good shows, great times

    This town slows down a little in the summer, no question. A lot of KSU students leave town, it gets hot, and the pace eases. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. As the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and UFM

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Scottish vote could alter U.K. makeup

    The idea that the United Kingdom could be on verge of collapse seems impossible. The U.K. has long been our closest ally. We even fought two wars as allies. Yet there is a chance that the U.K. as we know it may not

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    The decline of small-town grocers


    It seems the lament for small town grocery stores must continue until the last one of them is shuttered. Unless they can “morph” into hybrid convenience stores, their demise seems almost inevitable to me. A few are surviving under creative ownerships and stubbornness. The causes

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    All Americans are in their debt

    Tomorrow is Memorial Day. It’s a hallowed national occasion that has the distinction and misfortune of concluding a weekend that unofficially kicks off summer, includes the most famous car race in America, lots of sales and enough boating, beer and barbecue to fill an

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Kansas’ cosmic role of the dice

    In 1932, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis opined, “A single courageous State may… serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Kansas has taken that laboratory spirit seriously with a new effort that

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Elephants are easy to forget

    African elephants are hard to hide. They’re also hard to protect from poachers, who kill the animals, cut their tusks off and leave the carcasses to rot. Experts say there may be 400,000 African elephants left on the planet. If that sounds like a lot,

  • Columns | May 28, 2012

    Let’s dig out of financial hole

    We all know that our annual deficit — the spending of more than $1 trillion over tax revenues — and that our national debt of almost $16 trillion are unsustainable. But how did it get this bad, and more important, what are we going to do about it? Well

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