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Dolph C. Simons, Jr.

Dolph Simons, Jr., is chairman of the World Company.

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Saturday Column: Passion aimed at sports could benefit other ‘teams’
March 28, 2015
Consider what might be accomplished if local and state residents gave as much attention and involvement to issues such as education, good government, job opportunities and the performance of those in elective office as they give to competitive high school and college sports.
Saturday Column: U.S. suffers loss of honesty, integrity, leadership
March 14, 2015
What is our country going to look like 25 to 50 years from now if the current attitude of “most anything goes” or “most anything is accepted” is allowed to grow and infect every facet of our society?
Saturday Column: Education needs stronger champions in Kansas
March 7, 2015
Actions earlier this week by the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee, which shifted funds from Kansas and Kansas State universities to other state-aided schools counter to the advice of leaders at the two universities, raise two major questions: Do the thoughts or plans of the chancellor, president, provosts and deans really mean anything or carry any weight with state legislators? Do state legislators, as a group and particularly several in leadership positions, have a sound understanding of the importance of excellence from K-12 through higher education and what it takes to achieve that excellence?
Saturday Column: How will Netanyahu’s visit affect U.S.-Israel ties?
February 28, 2015
Various knowledgeable and experienced foreign policy officials say relations between the United States and Israel are more strained and dangerous today than at any time in the past.
Saturday Column: Why don’t legislators see value of higher education?
February 21, 2015
Why does Kansas University have such a difficult time persuading Kansas legislators that programs identified as important or critical to the university, and ultimately to the state, deserve the level of fiscal support requested by university officials? This situation seems to be occurring with increased regularity in recent years, but it’s a problem that has faced the university for many years.
Saturday Column: Congressional debates reflect lack of trust in Obama
February 14, 2015
Recent headlines tell of President Obama asking members of Congress to give him “war powers” and report the president saying the debate tying up funding proposals for Homeland Security is jeopardizing national security.
Saturday Column: Upcoming city elections important for Lawrence, KU
January 31, 2015
What kind of city will Lawrence be 10 or 20 years from now? Will it be a city recognized for its excellence, its sound growth, its vibrant relationship with Kansas University paying positive dividends for the community and the state, or will the city’s growth continue to be relatively stagnant, slower than its peer communities, a city unable to attract prized industrial, manufacturing and research facilities and a city known for its high cost of living?
Saturday Column: Polished Obama message doesn’t tell whole story
January 24, 2015
During the past four days, President Obama has made a tremendous effort to present and sell his dream for America and this country’s future.
Saturday Column: ‘70s KU course on terrorism was ahead of its time
January 17, 2015
Radical terrorism is the topic of the day throughout the world. Some knowledgeable observers say deadly terrorism is likely to continue to be a danger for 20 to 30 years. Headlines tell of horrific beheadings, mass murders, the slaughter of thousands and a growing number of terrorist cells throughout the world and in the United States. One report claims there is a terrorist cell in nearby Overland Park.
Saturday Column: Well-qualified commissioners are vital to Lawrence
January 10, 2015
Serving as a Lawrence city commissioner is a serious and important job. Those elected to one of the five commission seats play a critical role in the growth and development of the city — or they can be a severe detriment or handicap to the city and to Kansas University.

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