• Putin sums up past and looks to the future

    Heads of states of major countries often give speeches at the end of the year in which they sum up what they have accomplished during the year. These occasions sometimes provide insight into a leader’s or a society’s .

  • U.S., China seek more consistent military ties

    For years, most Western observers expressed concern about the rise of China,  especially its navy. Not only has China’s navy emerged from almost nothing, but it has been growing while President Barack Obama has been doing little to .

  • Debt piling up to pay for tax cuts

    Right-wing Republican law-makers in Kansas have operated under the radar to suspend all statutory limits on highway debt, and that unprecedented authority was recently used to issue record levels of long-term debt to pay for their reckless income tax cuts .

  • Let’s preserve our melting pot

    A couple of decades ago, when I was getting fairly heavily into the concept of civic journalism, I made the acquaintance of an up-and-coming young journalism professor and fellow traveler on that subject named Yves Colon. I gleaned a lot .

  • With Schmidt’s death, world has lost a great leader

    The world recently lost one of its truly great statesman, former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who died last month. Unknown to most Americans, he had an impact on shaping our policy toward Russia during and after the Cold War. He .

  • Republican oligarchy? Think again

    Christopher Renner and the Democratic Party are guilty of what they accuse others of and complain about. Mr. Renner needn’t lecture readers about a potential Republican oligarchy when organizations such as George Soros’s Open Society Foundation or the .

  • Column reveals K-State mindset

    In the “I Wonder” column on Friday, Dec. 4, Steve Cameron discusses and explains the disappearance of Bill Snyder Highway signs. I take issue with Cameron’s analysis in that he admits that nobody knows where the signs went yet proceeds .

  • Royals going all in with pitching, pen Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    KANSAS CITY — Here’s one stone-cold fact we learned last year: Trusting the Royals’ scouts might be the safest bet in baseball. Given this group’s track record of finding gold in dry river beds (Kendrys Morales, Chris Young, Ryan .

  • Let’s not dilute the Bill of Rights

    There are many things I am concerned about, especially for the future of my grand-children. A recent poll found that 40 percent of so-called millennials believe that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution should be restricted. In other words, .

  • Russia-Turkey dispute can affect U.S., NATO

    The dispute between Russia and Turkey over the latter’s shooting down of a Russian warplane has created a dangerous situation in which even a minor action could cause a major explosion. Equally important over the long term is the .

  • U.S. Christians need champions

    Recently I had a conversation with a young minister whose views on religion, and specifically Christianity in the United States, were a profound shock to me. As a person of more than eight decades, I am accustomed to members of .

  • Don’t ignore Christian extremists

    Last Friday, Colorado Springs became the latest in a growing list of terrorists attacks in the United States that the media refuse to label as such. Since the traumatic events of 2001, more people in the United States have been killed .


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