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Saturday Column: Brownback strengths include agriculture, education
October 17, 2014
It’s clear Gov. Sam Brownback is engaged in a tough political race for re-election to another four years in the governor’s office. It’s also clear that governors in most states have faced severe challenges the past four years as the nation’s economy has been on a roller coaster. Aside from a few states and a few governors, states and their governors have had to figure out how to meet their states’ needs in an uncertain economic climate. Hopefully, brighter days are ahead, but there is no guarantee, although those challenging incumbent governors are having a field day finding fault with incumbents, pledging to deliver almost magical turnarounds in state economies, employment numbers, job creation and funding for a variety of important programs.
Saturday Column: Kansas voters must consider candidates’ Obama ties
October 10, 2014
Kansas voters, beware! Several days ago, President Obama made it perfectly clear what the upcoming elections throughout the country are all about. He told an audience that, although he is not going to be on the Nov. 4 ballot, all of his policies clearly are on the ballot, “every single one of them.”
Saturday Column: Regents need better information on universities
October 3, 2014
When will past and present members of the Kansas Board of Regents and those in the governor’s office acknowledge there is no way for them to really know what is going on at the six university campuses they are supposed to oversee?
Saturday Column: Shifting political waters challenge state incumbents
September 27, 2014
The state of politics in Kansas today is interesting, if not shocking. History shows that, over the years, Kansas has been one of the most consistently Republican states in the nation: Republican governors, Republican senators, Republican U.S. House members and a Republican-controlled state Legislature.
Saturday Column: KU struggles to establish winning football program
September 19, 2014
It’s anyone’s guess who will win this afternoon’s football game between Kansas University and Central Michigan. So far, the Jayhawks’ performance has been a tremendous disappointment, winning one and losing one, with today’s game a toss-up. Really, it doesn’t matter that much who wins because it’s likely the Jayhawks will be heavy underdogs for the rest of the season when they face much stronger Big 12 Conference teams. Unfortunately, this football season is a fairly accurate reflection of the past five Jayhawk football seasons.
Saturday Column: Transparency crucial on private military operations
September 12, 2014
President Obama announced this week he intends to intensify this country’s military actions against ISIS terrorist forces but with no U.S. boots “on the ground.”
Saturday Column: U.S. can’t ignore threat posed by illegal immigration
September 5, 2014
It’s ironic that, at a time when this country’s senior military leaders talk about the growing and imminent danger of terrorists, when ISIS forces boast about flying their flags in Washington, when European leaders make it clear they are alarmed about the spread of terrorism and the advances made by ISIS, when al-Qaida leaders boast of new units in India, and when there is growing concern about American ISIS fighters returning to the U.S., our borders with Mexico in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California remain an open sieve with thousands of undocumented workers and “children” moving into our country every day.
Saturday Column: Changes in Lawrence attitude aren’t for the better
August 23, 2014
Some years ago, Lawrence was the envy of most every Kansas community along with many of the cities that were home to Big 8 Conference universities.
Saturday Column: GOP splits threaten Brownback re-election bid
August 16, 2014
The Kansas gubernatorial election is less than three months away, and traditional Kansas Republicans should be frustrated and alarmed at the findings of the recent statewide poll showing Lawrence attorney and Democrat Paul Davis enjoying a surprising lead over Gov. Sam Brownback.
Saturday Column: How will universities replace state budget funds?
July 26, 2014
Earlier this week, representatives of the state’s six universities presented their “wish lists” or budget requests to the Kansas Board of Regents. Officials at each of the institutions devoted weeks to studying the needs of their schools. Keeping in mind Kansas’ tight fiscal situation, the attitude of state legislators and the governor and the admonition of regents to use a very sharp pencil in adding up the dollars requested, the universities put together budgets they believed they could defend and justify.
Saturday Column: Kansas voters must focus on state’s best interests
July 18, 2014
Earlier this week, a number of prominent Kansas Republicans, many of whom were former elected officeholders, announced plans to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis rather than the incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Many of those in this group have made their dislike or disappointment of Brownback known earlier, but Tuesday’s announcement was a political bombshell.
Saturday Column: Holiday a time to reflect on what makes U.S. great
July 5, 2014
This weekend, Americans will be celebrating this country’s Independence Day, which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The national holiday is marked by fireworks, parades, picnics and family gatherings, along with politicians proclaiming their commitment to a free, strong America.
Saturday Column: Football stadium isn’t the only KU embarrassment
June 28, 2014
Several years ago, Kansas Athletics officials started talking about major renovations to Memorial Stadium, home of the Kansas University football team and host site for the nationally known Kansas Relays.

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