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Saturday Column

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.
Saturday Column: National security advice should be free of politics
June 21, 2014
Susan Rice serves as senior adviser to President Obama on international affairs and chairs the National Security Council overseeing the National Security staff. She serves on the president’s cabinet and is said to be among the president’s inner-inner circle of advisers.
Saturday Column: Declining Iraq situation reflects poorly on Obama
June 14, 2014
Who calls the shots, and how are major decisions made in Washington? How many of these decisions are based on what is best for the country as opposed to what will win the most votes and elections?
Saturday Column: Obama will use all means to push change agenda
June 6, 2014
What kind of an example is President Obama setting by the manner in which he is running this country? In his initial campaign for the presidency, he pledged some of the hallmarks of his administration would be openness, transparency, a desire to work with all members of Congress, honesty, accuracy and a clean-up of the abuses of the Bush years in the White House.
Young students need more work opportunities
May 24, 2014
Within the past week, several thousand young men and women received their degrees from Kansas University, and more than 600 students at Lawrence High School and Free State High School received their high school diplomas. Today, one of this nation’s most pressing problems is the unemployment situation, with thousands looking for jobs and hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, having given up the search.

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