• 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, .

  • Glancing into agricultural around the world

    The TV showed a big volcano blasting forth rather unexpectedly. The ash and fumes blown two miles into the atmosphere reminded us of other, historic volcanoes that literally changed the world’s climate for several years with their very own .

  • Eco-devo in Brownback era

    Sam Brownback came to KU last week and rhapsodized about his tax-cut legislation at the Business School’s annual Chandler Lecture. “We are trying to create a pro-growth environment,” he said, as he defended the large and highly weighted (to .


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