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  • Columns | May 02, 2012

    Liberty, responsibility key to Kansas’ future

    Most Kansans are familiar with the iconic mural in the Statehouse’s east wing painted by Kansas artist John Steuart Curry. Curry depicts another Kansan, the abolitionist John Brown, his arms spread wide with a Bible and a rifle in his hands as he presides

  • Columns | May 01, 2012

    Gates more than meets criteria

    Kansas State University has chosen superbly in picking Robert Gates to be the first individual in more than two decades to receive an honorary doctorate. Mr. Gates, a native Kansan, has served the United States with distinction in a number of capacities, most recently as

  • Columns | May 01, 2012

    Kansas gave mom beautiful adventures

    My mom would love the Flint Hills Discovery Center. She always thoroughly enjoyed coming out to Kansas. Her extended visits to our farm were highlights of her year. She always said she would never leave Chicago to live anywhere else — except Kansas. But this was

  • Columns | April 30, 2012

    ‘An enduring partnership’

    Most Americans pay too little attention to our war in Afghanistan. Maybe they’re weary of the war, though only a few — military personnel and their families —have sacrificed much in the years the United States has had a uniformed presence there. Maybe Americans are

  • Columns | April 24, 2012

    ATA Bus’s test is just beginning

    ATA Bus’s great adventure, its great experiment, has begun. On Monday, the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency, heretofore known for its on-demand service, began operating two fixed, or scheduled, routes. We wish it well, and we hope, as ATA Bus Director Anne Smith said, “

  • Columns | April 24, 2012

    Don’t make criminals out of good citizens

    On March 16, Kansas Senate Bill 453 was amended to make the refusal of a person to submit to a blood, breath or urine test at the demand of law enforcement a crime. By March 27, it had passed in the Senate and was on to the Kansas

  • Columns | April 23, 2012

    About those loyalty pledges…

    It isn’t surprising that the Kansas Republican Party — well, the conservative faction that runs the Kansas Republican Party — is insisting on pledges of loyalty from candidates for office, including incumbents. Nor is it a surprise that at least one of the leading Republicans in

  • Columns | April 20, 2012

    Russian arms dealer is no mere criminal

    Readers might have missed the verdict issued to a Russian arms dealer named Viktor Bout, the “The Merchant of Death. After being seized in Thailand, he was brought to New York in 2010, where he was tried for his efforts to sell arms — particularly weapons that

  • Columns | April 20, 2012

    The year of Mayor Sherow

    Jim Sherow’s year as mayor concludes Tuesday night. Based on the agenda he laid out when taking office, that 12-month term has had its successes, most notably advances in the north and south redevelopment areas along with the city’s general economic prosperity. It’

  • Columns | April 20, 2012

    De-boarding the airport

    We’re big fans of the Manhattan airport. We are emphatically not big fans of the current way the Kansas Department of Transportation is trying to re-route car traffic from the airport back to Manhattan. We view it as a disaster waiting to happen. If

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