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Saturday Column: Regents, Relays and roads among comment topics
April 18, 2015
Based on numerous reports, past accomplishments and evaluations, the departure of Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins will be a major loss for Kansas and the Regents. Tompkins was held in high regard prior to his move to the Regents five years ago; he has strengthened this reputation and will be difficult to replace.

Tom Keegan

Column: Shot put circuit perfect for TV
April 18, 2015
Five years of interviewing shot putters and watching them compete sparked a light bulb in my head, a genuinely good idea, one I’m putting down on paper here before it dies of loneliness or gets trampled by the debris that flies around up there in stops and starts, billions of tumbleweeds caught in that ceaseless wind storm between my left and right ears.

Your Turn

Opinion: 70 years ago, nation mourned FDR
April 16, 2015
Seventy years ago this week, on April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at Warm Springs, Ga. The president died on the eve of victory against Germany and Japan in the Second World War; just three weeks after his death, Germany signed the instrument of unconditional surrender to the Allies.

George Gurley

Opinion: Economist’s analysis flawed
March 1, 2015
French economist Thomas Piketty recently accomplished something practitioners of the “dismal science” can only dream of: He became a celebrity. His tome, “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” was hailed as “a watershed in economic thinking,” “a sweeping account of rising inequality,” and a book that could “change the way we think about the past two centuries of economic thought.” The book has been catnip for fans of taxing the rich and the redistributing the proceeds to the less fortunate.

Garden Calendar

Garden Variety: A lesson in apple picking
October 8, 2014
With apple-harvesting season in full swing, now is a great time to get out and pick some of the fresh fruit from local orchards or your own trees if you have them.