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  • Columns | March 02, 2012

    Too partisan to be productive?

    Republicans in the U.S. Senate might not miss Olympia Snowe much when she retires from the upper chamber at the conclusion of her present — her third — term. She hasn’t been as Republican as partisans would have liked. She’s a moderate, a pro-choice

  • Columns | March 02, 2012

    Moderate coalition is roused to action

    This year Gov. Sam Brownback unleashed a barrage of legislative proposals, most of which seek to reshape Kansas state government into a smaller, more limited version of itself. Events over the past two weeks, though, have put his legislative agenda on a collision course with

  • Columns | March 01, 2012

    Trying again with North Korea

    North Korea’s previous declarations that it would dismantle or suspend its nuclear activities have had all the credibility of a debtor’s promise that the check is in the mail. Sometimes, however, the check really is in the mail. And who knows, maybe this

  • Columns | February 29, 2012

    Arts check-off would help a bit

    Though it will probably have only modest impact, we support a bill the Kansas House of Representatives passed last week that would allow Kansans to dedicate some of their annual tax returns to arts programs. The proposal had plenty of supporters in the House, with

  • Columns | February 28, 2012

    Name-calling isn’t presidential

    Rick Santorum just might win today’s Michigan primary over Mitt Romney, who spent enough time in that state as a youth to develop an appreciation for the height of its trees. A Santorum victory would be quite a feat, one credited in various quarters

  • Columns |Manhattan High School | February 27, 2012

    Congratulations, MHS wrestlers

    Congratulations to the Manhattan High wrestling team and to MHS senior Ty Suggs for winning 6A state championships over the weekend. As a story in Sunday’s Mercury pointed out, Suggs’ victory at 195 pounds, as impressive an individual feat as it was, was gravy. His

  • Columns | February 26, 2012

    Keep concealed carry off campus

    The Kansas House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill this week that would allow Kansans who are permitted to carry concealed weapons to carry them on this state’s college and university campuses. That’s a bad idea. In fact, it’s

  • Columns | February 26, 2012

    La Nina to continue to keep parts of Kansas dry


    Here’s some skinny on the coming weather: experts are saying that the combination of the 18-year dry cycle and the continuation of the La Nina episode are going to join forces and cause more dryness this growing season in significant parts of Kansas, specifically

  • Columns | February 26, 2012

    Russian Army fired up over tank debate

    Those who think all decisions in Moscow still come from Kremlin and are carried out by obedient subordinates, with disputes hidden from outsiders, are in for a surprise. I remember days sitting in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow trying, when Soviet leaders spoke, to

  • Columns | February 25, 2012

    Lawmakers practice art of redistricting

    There’s been a major controversy in Lawrence over a performance art project that will raise and then slaughter a handful of chickens. Hey, it’s art. Chickens aside, the best place in Kansas to view the art of the absurd resides at your fingertips.

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