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  • Columns | March 14, 2012

    Be ready for storm season

    With any luck, we won’t have much in the way of severe weather this spring. But we ought to know better than to count on luck. The fact that we are enjoying 80-plus degree days in mid-March — officially, it’s still winter — ought to

  • Columns | March 13, 2012

    A tragic jolt to U.S.-Afghan ties

    It’s easy, against the backdrop of the actions of a U.S. Army sergeant Sunday, to wonder how much stress the U.S.-Afghan relationship can take. It’s easy to wonder how much more difficult the U.S. mission there is now. 

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Funding, details hurt fixed-route bus plan

    This letter is to clear the confusion created by Jayme Morris-Hardeman’s letter Sunday regarding signage for a fixed-route bus system. Ms. Hardeman stated that the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency has obtained funding from KDOT and local funding partners that do not include the

  • Columns |Area Schools | March 12, 2012

    Way to go, Frankfort!

    They might not always do things the easy way in Frankfort, but it’s hard to argue with their path to the 1A-Division II state basketball championship. The Wildcats, the No. 3 seed, needed two overtime periods to overcome Otis-Bison, 62-53, in the championship game in

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Make penalties intolerable

    Fans of professional football who watch in person or on television as a player gets strapped onto a gurney and taken away in an ambulance now have reason to wonder how much the hit that injured the player was worth. They do so because of

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Farm labor plan endangers a way of life

    My dad is one of nine children born to my grandparents. I used to kid my grandma that at supper time, she must have put a feed bag on dad, given a bottle to the baby and thrown the rest in a trough for everyone

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Corruption plagues election process in Russia

    As expected, Vladimir Putin won the election for president of Russia. By some estimates, he received 62 percent of the vote. Yet what are we to make of this election? Was it free and open as elections in the West are?  Are we witnessing the

  • Columns | March 12, 2012

    Wasting too much money on redundant programs

    Kansas Senator Pat Roberts was right the other day when he came out lambasting redundancies in government where nine agencies are funding programs along the lines of “know your food, know your farmer.” As is Pat’s wont, he soon zoomed off into the humorous

  • Columns | March 11, 2012

    It’s caucus time for Republicans

    Susan B. Anthony Middle School is just a couple of miles from Aggieville, but on Saturday it will be a world away from the Green Break being celebrated in the business and entertainment district. And in contrast to Fake Patty’s Day green, the pertinent

  • Columns | March 11, 2012

    Texas model doesn’t hold up to scrutiny

    Kansas House Republicans in alliance with Gov. Sam Brownback are embracing the no-income-tax gospel, believing that reducing and eventually eliminating the state income tax will spur economic growth in the state.  Their actions are in line with a refrain heard increasingly in state political

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