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  • Columns | June 11, 2012

    U.S. politics can mystify foreigners

    Figuring out America’s presidential election campaign, sometimes challenging for U.S. citizens, is more difficult for foreigners. Embassies in Washington spend considerable time and effort trying to figure out what the United States “really” thinks or intends to do on a given policy. This

  • Columns | June 04, 2012

    Kansans have reason to worry

    The 2012 Legislature gave Kansans plenty of cause for handwringing, particularly with its inability to deliver election maps, a task handed off to federal judges, and passage of the Kansas Tax Act, which many fear will bankrupt the state. While there’s been plenty of policy

  • Columns | June 04, 2012

    Dragon makes quite a splash

    Even opponents of America’s use of commercial space flight ought to acknowledge that the nine-day mission of the SpaceX Dragon to the International Space Station was an unmitigated success. If it can be duplicated — and become routine — it just might allow NASA to focus

  • Columns | June 01, 2012

    Dragon makes quite a splash

    Even opponents of America’s use of commercial space flight ought to acknowledge that the nine-day mission of the SpaceX Dragon to the International Space Station was an unmitigated success. If it can be duplicated — and become routine — it just might allow NASA to focus

  • Columns | June 01, 2012

    Kansans have reason to worry

    The 2012 Legislature gave Kansans plenty of cause for handwringing, particularly with its inability to deliver election maps, a task handed off to federal judges, and passage of the Kansas Tax Act, which many fear will bankrupt the state. While there’s been plenty of policy

  • Columns | June 01, 2012

    An abundance of future leaders

    Some of the brightest and most industrious youth in Kansas are now in Manhattan, and others will be arriving next week, courtesy of three outstanding leadership development programs. Hundreds of 4-H members arrived Tuesday to participate in Kansas 4-H Discovery Days. The theme this year

  • 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


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