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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | November 06, 2014

    U.S. bolsters energy security

    In the last few months, motorists have watched with growing optimism as U.S. gasoline prices fell to levels not seen in nearly four years. This would normally seem impossible given the turmoil overseas. Today, economists are still debating where the markets might go from

  • Columns | October 30, 2014

    Tax policies are hurting Kansas

    Shawn Sullivan, the current Kansas budget director. recently wrote a column that concluded, “With the growth in the economy and efficiencies to be found by governing better, the budget will be just fine.”   Essentially, this is the story line put forward by Arthur Laffer, who

  • Columns |General Activities | October 29, 2014

    Cameron: Royals have history on their side

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Your magic carpet ride is over, Royals fans. It hardly every seemed possible but, yes, you’ve actually reached that spot on the treasure map marked with an X. You’re here, but you’re not alone — and NOW you actually have

  • Columns | October 26, 2014

    Lower heating costs loom

    Natural gas prices are nearing one-year lows as U.S. production continues at a breakneck pace, building supplies ahead of winter. Last year’s unusually cold and long winter drained US gas inventories to a ten-year low, which buoyed prices near $6.50 last February. Since then,

  • Columns | October 26, 2014

    In Merkel, Putin meets his match - a bit late

    Earlier this month at the Europe-Asia forum in Milan, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with a number of world leaders. None of these meetings was more important than his discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  If nothing else, this meeting showed both Putin’s

  • Columns | October 23, 2014

    Goossen’s criticisms groundless

    I read with interest the column by Duane Goossen, former state budget director, titled “Kansas’ future compromised.” Goossen was a dedicated public servant for many years, but his budget record is abysmally flawed. He is the only budget director in history to have ig-nored the

  • Columns |General Activities | October 21, 2014

    Seaton: Never been a suffering Royals fan

    Ned seaton

    A lot of the stories you read about the Kansas City Royals these days include the term “long-suffering.” As in “Long-suffering Kansas City Royals fans are finally rewarded for their patience as their team prepares for the World Series.” I think that’s a bunch

  • Columns | October 20, 2014

    First Amendment still precious

    Just 45 words —  fewer words than there are in the sentence you are reading — guarantee five freedoms that the nation’s founding fathers deemed to be at the core of a democracy, freedoms that a nationally recognized free-speech advocate says “truly set us apart from

  • Columns | October 19, 2014

    Deflation also threat to buying power

    During wild price swings many recall, understand and fear inflation as an insidious threat to our buying power as the paper dollars in our wallets buy less and less as prices go up. But what happens if prices go down? Some economists fear that our

  • Columns | October 18, 2014

    Turkey is no friend either of the Kurds or ISIS

    A lot of criticism has been leveled at Turkey and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, because Turkey has merely watched as ISIS has destroyed Kobani, a Syrian city near the Turkish border. Erdogan deserves part of the blame for the deaths of thousands of Kurds


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