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  • Religion, politics a potent mix

    “Red State Religion,” written by Princeton sociologist and native Kansan Robert Wuthnow, is a new book that chronicles the influence of religion on Kansas’ historical and political development. His effort moves beyond Thomas Frank’s conclusion in “What’s the .

  • Sales tax has clear attractions

    The sales tax analysis provided by City Commissioner Jim Sherow provides a compelling argument but may not have contained all of the variables. Three additional variables must be considered. The first is the fact that 30 to 40 percent of the sales .

  • Issues with farm practices Jimsuber2

    Every once in a while, great things and ideas let us down a little. Take no-till farming. Because of the severe heat and drought the last two or more years in western Kansas, no-till farming of non-irrigated wheat is not .

  • Likelihood grows for Israeli strike on Iran

    There is one potential international crisis that frightens leaders in both political parties, perhaps Democrats a bit than Republicans. It is an Israeli attack on Iran, especially if it were to come prior to the election or even during one .

  • A review of the wheat harvest

    This year’s wheat harvest is about over, and the reports sound pretty darn good. And, of course it could have been even better with just one more rain back when the flag leaf was waving for it. Reports from .

  • In what direction will Putin guide Russia?

    Vladimir Putin’s Russia is approaching a critical point.  He faces an increasingly restive populace. People no longer appear afraid of either the government or of Putin.  Second, if comments by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Moscow .

  • Redistricting case’s attorneys’ fees

    With regard to requests for payment of roughly $622,000 in attorneys’ fees stemming from the lawsuit over redistricting, we trust that the judge will follow the law. Kansans can count on that, but simple fairness is another matter. It is often .

  • ‘Senate Eight’ primaries pivotal

    In a confusing election year, Kansas voters will have the opportunity to shape the direction of state politics and government. However, in the August primary elections, Republican voters in eight Senate districts will exercise an oversized impact as they decide .

  • Tuition increases justified but troubling

    The latest round of tuition increases the Kansas Board of Regents approved Wednesday has us wondering where the tipping point is. At what point will college in Kansas — a comparative bargain despite its rising cost — become too expensive for students .

  • A foray into pet food Jimsuber2

    From the “Why didn’t we think of that sooner?” department…Kansas State University, long a feed, milling and grain science world leader, is only now going to create a pet food research and teaching department. Of course, Kansas has .

  • Syria presents thorny diplomatic challenges

    If the diplomats we send to represent the United States in other countries and the ones we receive from abroad are smart — and they are — why haven’t we gotten a better handle on the world’s problems? Diplomatic problems .

  • Redistricting’s winners, losers

    On Thursday, June 7, just four days before the June 11 filing deadline for candidates, a three-judge federal panel hit the “reset” button on legislative districts in Kansas. The federal court’s redrawing of congressional, state Board of Education, and House and .


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