Saturday, November 28, 2015

Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | April 19, 2015

    Universities need stable funding

    As the Kansas Legislature returns to wrap up the budget for the next two fiscal years a cloud of uncertainty hangs over our state universities. Despite agreements with the Kansas Board of Regents and the governor’s office to support a flat budget for the

  • Columns | April 19, 2015

    Chinese naval buildup poses a challenge to U.S.

    The Chinese Navy is an increasingly powerful force in the Pacific.  Most other navies in this area, including Russia’s, are antiquated or very small.  Some are using former U.S. Navy ships. Japan builds its own ships and has made noises about

  • Columns | April 13, 2015

    Robel admired locally, nationally

    The Manhattan Mercury announced the death of a retired Kansas State University administrator last week, Barb Robel, the longtime director of greek affairs. In more than three decades, she touched and mentored thousands of college students, house mothers and fraternity and sorority chapter advisers, in-cluding

  • Columns | April 11, 2015

    With Iran nuclear framework, much is at stake

    The so-called “framework” agreement between the 5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) and Iran will have a long-term impact both on the Middle East and on U.S. policy. If implemented the way President Barack Obama thinks it will, it also could

  • Columns | April 10, 2015

    Western Kansas is withering

    Whether you have lived in western Kansas for a decade, as I have, or a lifetime, you tend to be independent. The region was built by hardy stock, refugees from the Kaiser and others. Compared with Wichita and suburban Kansas City, the area west of

  • Columns | April 04, 2015

    In celebrating, let us do better

    At Easter time, Christians celebrate the triumph of life over death by he who commanded us to love God, love ourselves and, yes, love even our enemies. Sometimes we also reflect on the many ways we keep on crucifying our Lord Jesus Christ — despite our

  • Columns | April 04, 2015

    White House has mishandled Bergdahl case

    I served in both Republican and Democratic administrations and all of them have done some dumb things. It goes with working in a large bureaucracy whose personnel have different views on how problems should be resolved. In some cases ideology is the cause, while in

  • Columns | March 31, 2015

    Does the resurrection matter?

    Easter is almost here. Perhaps you are looking forward to an egg hunt with the kids, attending a worship service or a family dinner. Maybe the holiday holds no significance for you. In the blur of life, it is often easy for us to miss

  • Columns | March 30, 2015

    Sequestration battle isn’t over

    The long awaited listening session is over with 1,000-plus people in actual attendance. Both military and civilian leadership had an opportunity to share with the Army leadership the importance of maintaining a strong Fort Riley. There was a long sigh of relief when the session

  • Columns | March 28, 2015

    Putin continues to be a formidable opponent

    While the world’s attention is focused on nuclear negotiations involving Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin is in a position to create all kinds of problems for the United States and our allies in Europe. Almost every time we look up, he seems to be

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