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  • Columns | March 27, 2012

    Bus sign space isn’t much to ask

    We were glad to see in Sunday’s Mercury that City Commissioner Wynn Butler isn’t interested in sabotaging the Area Transportation Agency’s effort to provide fixed-route bus service in Manhattan. He sounded downright open to the possibility of allowing ATA to use city

  • Columns | March 26, 2012

    Audiotape isn’t good enough

    The U.S. Supreme Court last week announced that it would allow audiotapes of this week’s arguments about the Obama administration’s health care law to be aired almost immediately after the arguments are finished. That’s better than nothing, but it isn’t

  • Columns | March 23, 2012

    Watching the neighborhoods

    The fatal shooting in Sanford, Fla. of a black teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer has raised questions about race and about that state’s self-defense law. Either or both of those topics may be pertinent to the specific question of possible criminal charges. But

  • Columns | March 23, 2012

    Lenin‘s rest could soon be disturbed


    Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin will have hundreds of problems for which to find solutions; after all, that is why he was elected.  One of the most curious problems he faces is getting rid of unneeded monuments.  Valuable real estate is rife with outdated

  • Columns | March 23, 2012

    Early spring nice, but not out of woods yet


    Nearly everyone is ga-ga over the ultra-early spring and the escape from a real winter with its snow-plowing and ice-sliding and fuel gushing into home and office furnaces. However, as an old hired man I used to know would say, we is not out of

  • Columns | March 23, 2012

    The Constitution should rule

    The United States Supreme Court will take up the issue next week of the constitutionality of the 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care reform measure colloquially known as Obamacare. The Court has scheduled hours of testimony and discussion over several days, presumably

  • Columns | March 22, 2012

    The challenging Afghan mission

    The only words that come to mind as soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division prepare to depart for a year-long tour of Afghanistan are “God speed.” These are America’s finest, but they are going into a foreboding situation. Maj. Gen. William Mayville, the division

  • Columns | March 21, 2012

    Finding their way on 3 maps

    It’s impossible to know what to make of the Kansas House’s view of how a new Congressional map should be drawn following its peripatetic activity over the past few days. Just Tuesday the House approved by a 20-vote margin an excellent map that

  • Columns | March 20, 2012

    Court isn’t the problem

    The headline on the press release from the governor’s office said, “Governor, legislative leaders announce support.” The first few words of the press release were, “Kansas leaders today announced support…” In fact, all of those “legislative leaders” and “Kansas leaders” were Republicans. And what

  • Columns | March 20, 2012

    Spring is in the air, mulch is on our minds

    We have all made it to March. This is the month that brings us slowly out of the monochromatic landscape of tans and splashes us awake with Kelly green fields of winter wheat. The earth is on the brink of birthing new life. The green

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