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  • Farm policy difficult for federal government

    National farm policy, in my personal view, has behaved over time like a lurching, overweight and clumsy machine driven by amateurs and causing more harm than good. Its successes have usually been compensatory reverses from disastrous or overly complicated programs .

  • Armed forces imperiled by sequestration

    I doubt many people realize the impact that President Barack Obama’s cuts to the military budget, not to mention sequestration stemming from an ill-advised agreement between Republicans and Democrats,  will have on our country. In the first instance, .

  • An antidote for student debt…

    A March 2012 study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 84 percent of college graduates thought the expense of going to college was a good investment. As a university president, it is easy to feel .

  • City shines during leaders’ visit

    We have yet another reason to be extremely proud of our community! The shining star of the State of Kansas shone its brightest during the recent visit of the Leadership Kansas Class of 2012 to Manhattan-Junction City. This group of 40 leaders .

  • The farm community badly needs a wetter winter

    And now the experts are saying that it appears that many of us west of the Mississippi will have to hope for a much wetter than normal spring to put enough moisture into the ground to plant for next fall’.

  • Russia tired of dealing with America

    There are a number of indications that Russia is fed up dealing with the United States.  The Kremlin thinks the “reset” that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed is a farce, and cannot believe anything that the United States — .

  • Making the connections…

    Domestic violence is the use of intentional emotional, psychological, sexual or physical force by one family member or intimate partner to control another. Substance abuse is an unhealthy pattern of alcohol or drug use that usually leads to frequent, serious .

  • Land sales come in

    In recent years, forgetting for the moment capital gains and estate taxes, land sales by farmers often have meant their landships have come in. That’s a play on an old saying from sailing ship days when owners felt rich .

  • Many at fault for tragedy at U.S. Consulate

    As a retired Foreign Service Officer (FSO), I took special interest in the events in Ben-ghazi. I did not know Ambas-sador Christopher Stevens or any of the other individuals killed. FSOs in the State Department tend to become area specialists .

  • 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 .


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