Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | September 30, 2015

    Education and wishful thinking

    Kansas education officials recently released a report that indicates a majority of the state’s public school students are not academically prepared for college, according to scores on standardized English and mathematics tests given last spring. Inevitably, the calls for increased educational funding will be

  • Columns | September 26, 2015

    Putin holds upper hand with moves in Syria

    It is increasingly clear that the only road to peace and stability in Syria runs through Moscow. We may not like having to deal directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but we have no alternative. Some regard him as a thug, although that is a

  • Columns | September 21, 2015

    ‘Loyal opposition’ has potential

    All 165 seats in the Kansas Legislature will be on the ballot in 2016, and the loyal opposition in Kansas politics should take a careful look at 2014 election results in planning for these elections. The loyal opposition includes Democrats and their backers, and disaffected Republicans and political

  • Columns | September 19, 2015

    What to do when problems arise? Issue threats

    Again we face an international problem, and again, we don’t seem to have an answer except to blame someone else for causing it. That is not unheard of in diplomacy. The “other guy” is always the cause of the problem.  But when it

  • Columns | September 18, 2015

    We’re confusing wants and needs

    Growing up in what came t o be known as “The Greatest Generation,” I went through the Depression and World War II. We came to understand firsthand the difference between what we “need” and what we “want.” This was particularly evident in my family when

  • Columns | September 12, 2015

    Europe faces challenge of historic proportions

    Germany continues to occupy center stage in one of Europe’s greatest human disasters since World War II. But all of Europe is being pushed to open borders to refugees from the Middle East and Africa. In 2014, Germany absorbed 200,000 Middle Eastern refugees, most from Syria,

  • Columns | September 11, 2015

    Halftime included so much more

    It’s a cliche, but unless you’ve done marching band, you just don’t understand it. Or maybe you’ve done it, but not at the major college level. Either way, a lot of conjecture and lot of opinions have flown around the Internet

  • Columns | September 05, 2015

    Germany’s political, cultural identity at stake

    There is a struggle under way for Germany’s political and cultural identity. So far, the “good guys” — those who welcome non-Germans as opposed to those who believe the country is for Germans only — have the upper hand. To the latter group, non-Germans are welcome

  • Columns | August 29, 2015

    South Korea wise to be prepared for the worst

    News that the North Koreans again shelled South Korea during the annual “Ulichi Free-dom Guard” exercises brought back memories. Some time ago when I was still wearing a uniform, I participated in these exercises. The purpose of these annual exercises is to give U.S.

  • Columns | August 28, 2015

    Stop dissing state employees

    State employees and teachers should be celebrated. They provide valuable service in all parts of Kansas, yet have been on the receiving end of both low pay and disrespect, a direct result of the state’s financial crisis. State leaders talk about em-ployees as a

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