Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | August 22, 2015

    ‘Need to know’ determines security clearances

    Having dealt with high level security clearances in the Navy and the State Department, I think I understand the process and how it is administered.    It is important to note that persons in the military or the government can go through their entire careers without

  • Columns | August 20, 2015

    Political correctness is so wrong

    I am an old guy disgusted and offended by political correctness — PC. Where and when did this plague get started? There are several potential origins dating from the early to mid 20th century under Stalinist doctrine. It referred to the Communist Party line, separa-ting socialists

  • Columns | August 16, 2015

    Governor, tear down this wall

    Kansas public preschools are isolated and rare. Educators at all levels in Kansas are frustrated and fleeing. As the dust settles from one of the worst legislative sessions in Kansas history, class sizes are larger, we have a statewide teacher shortage bordering on a crisis,

  • Columns | August 15, 2015

    Obama’s rhetoric shows weakness of his position

    Despite majority opposition both in the public and in Congress to the nuclear agreement with Iran, it looks as though the deal President Barack Obama so badly wants will be formalized. The Senate will vote on it Sept. 17 and is expected to vote against it,

  • Columns | August 14, 2015

    Mounting state debt matters

    Thanks to Gov. Sam Brown-back and his legislative backers, your children or grand-children born this year will still be paying off $1 billion in new state debt in the year 2045. Of course, this assumes that your children and grandchildren will choose to live in Kansas and

  • Columns | August 08, 2015

    Outcome predictable for KBA

    The Kansas Bioscience Authority stems from the Kansas Economic Growth Act in 2004. It was not the state’s first attempt to promote economic growth with state funds. It was preceded in the 1980s by efforts to use state pension money (KPERS) for direct investments in

  • Columns | August 08, 2015

    New Russian naval doctrine should matter to U.S.

    I mentioned to a colleague that the Russians have a new naval doctrine and that it is certain to have a major impact on the Kremlin’s military. My friend was disinterested, observing that Kansas is about far as you can get from the ocean

  • Columns | August 02, 2015

    Let’s stand up for public schools

    In the July 14 Mercury, Tim de Noble submitted a vivid and powerful piece articulating the state of public education in Kansas. Mr. de Noble invoked the imagery of the Dust Bowl in order to emphasize the dire environment in which Kansas’ public schools are operating.

  • Columns | August 02, 2015

    Asia, U.S. must adapt to newly emerging Japan

    Japan may be on the verge of a major breakthrough when it comes to the use of force. If Article 9 of its Constitution is revised, Japan’s military will be able to not only defend the country’s home islands but other countries as well.

  • Columns | July 28, 2015

    If it walks, quacks like a duck…

    Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick, who in 2010 was voted Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Ex-change Council (ALEC), sent a fundraising appeal to lobbyists during the 2015 legislative session asking for gifts ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Merrick, a member of the ALEC Board of Directors,

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