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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | December 20, 2014

    Germany’s Merkel is Europe’s new ‘Iron Lady’

    At a time when there is chaos in Washington’s foreign policy, it is encouraging to see that at least one European leader — apart from Russian President Vladimir Putin — seems to know what she is doing. That is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As a result,

  • Columns | December 19, 2014

    Budget needs dynamic leaders

    With the election over, the focus in Kansas politics returns to the budget. Are we in a huge budget hole created by the tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback? Or will econ-omic growth save the day? The state’s own consensus revenue estimates are

  • Columns | December 14, 2014

    To Putin, Cold War is a reality

    Based on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent State of the Union message to the Russian Parliament, he not only thinks the Cold War is back on, but that it’s all the fault of the United States. Given the lack of coherence in our

  • Columns | December 10, 2014

    Why do we teach the way we do?

    Last summer my son took a summer school high school geometry class. He completed the assignments in three-quarters of the allotted four-week time and received a grade of A. The class was conducted on-line through Oracle in a computer lab at Manhattan High School — with

  • Columns | December 07, 2014

    Obama’s ineptitude on defense evident again

    President Barack Obama’s decision to fire Chuck Hagel as secretary of Defense has revealed serious splits between those who fight the country’s wars and the White House. Hagel was caught in the middle. Instead of parroting White House policy, Hagel tried to lessen

  • Columns | December 02, 2014

    Kansas is leaning to the South

    I arrived in Kansas 35 years ago, happy to be offered a job at KU but having little sense of the state that would be my home. A political science col-league, friend and co-editor of 15 books, Al Cigler, alerted me to former Democratic Gov. Bob Docking’

  • Columns | November 30, 2014

    Crude oil prices drop after no OPEC changes

    Crude oil prices collapsed to a four-year low on Thanksgiving Day, dropping as low as $67.75 per barrel after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to leave production targets unchanged at their most recent meeting. Analysts had been expecting OPEC members, who produce

  • Columns | November 30, 2014

    Putin may be painting himself into a corner

    Many Western analysts have long believed that Russians are long-suffering people, willing to endure extreme privation without revolting. However, there are indications that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, may not share this view. Moscow blames much of its problems on

  • 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


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