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  • Columns | November 26, 2014

    Farmers are prime messengers

    James Garner died last July. Most folks probably remember him best for his portrayal of television series characters Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford or for his more recent performance in the movie “The Notebook.” Garner’s easy-going personality and average-guy good looks made him likeable.

  • Columns | November 23, 2014

    Drivers warm to cheap gasoline prices

    As motorists fuel up for their annual trip to grandmother’s house, they’re likely to be thankful for the cheapest gas in more than four years. With gasoline futures trading near $2.01 per gallon on Friday, nationwide prices at the pump (which include taxes, delivery

  • Columns | November 23, 2014

    Obama’s climate deal clearly favors China

    President Obama’s recent trip to China raised the hopes of those who long to reduce carbon emissions, but it upset diplomats concerned about the sloppiness of the main agreement — at least from the American side. The two countries together account for about 40 percent of

  • Columns | November 21, 2014

    It’s not too soon for us to plan

    In the Mercury editorial on Nov. 16, the editors suggested that the Manhattan Ogden Board of Education refrain from speaking of a bond issue so soon after the completion of the previous bond issue. As the board member most urging such conversation, I would like to

  • Columns | November 20, 2014

    Kansans deserve straight talk

    Enough is Enough! The campaigns are over, and I had hoped that our governmental leadership would get down to the task of restoring a sound financial footing for our state. Declining state revenues have left a hole in the budget. It seems obvious that our

  • Columns | November 16, 2014

    In new Cold War, Russia pesters U.S., NATO

    I remember the day the Berlin Wall was opened. I was in my front room with the TV on and “Pow!” there it was — people were coming through at “Check-point Charlie” while border guards stood by and did nothing.  For two years I had

  • Columns | November 11, 2014

    Staying positive takes courage

    This is not a post-mortem on what went wrong or could have gone better. I am only going to express a few things about the Greg Orman campaign that I learned about the character of Kansas and the difficulty of mounting the first serious challenge

  • Columns | November 09, 2014

    Dropping oil prices pressures producers; cotton tumbles

    Crude oil’s collapse continued this week, with prices nearing $75 per barrel, the lowest level in over three years. Prices are dropping as domestic oil production continues to expand and slowing global economies are reducing demand for petroleum. While most U.S. consumers focus on

  • Columns | November 09, 2014

    Canada comes face to face with terrorism

    If Canadians had thought they were immune to terrorism, recent events in Ottawa, the country’s capital, have made it clear that they are not. Canadians do, however,  recognize that their response will help determine what kind of country Canada will become in the

  • Columns | November 07, 2014

    Brownback coalition prevails

    The Republican coalition led by Gov. Sam Brownback prevailed with Kansas voters on Election Day. The governor fought off a fierce challenge from House Minority Leader Paul Davis and his running mate, Jill Docking. The Republican victory was aided by a national mood that turned


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