Most of us can remember the chilling portrayal actor Billy Drago pulled off in the 1987 classic big screen version of "The Untouchables."
With all of the issues that face Americans, with all of the continuing argument over how we can best invest our resources, there are down-to-earth issues that are failing to get the attention they deserve.
It's coming up to that time of the election again, the end of the endorsements. We have another local election next week, on Tuesday, April 5, to be exact, and as is the Tribune policy in all elections, we shut off endorsement Public Forums before the election. The last day we'll run an endorsement if Friday, and as is always the case, they run on a first-come, first-served basis. Apparently, in the past, there has ...
Now here's a good idea. Frankly, from this far away, it's difficult to tell whether the Overland Park officials are serious or not, but what they have suggested is that they want the public to be involved in charting the future course of the school district. And not just any school district. In discussion this week is the economic future of the state's second largest school district, and the leaders of Shawnee Mission School District ...
You've probably heard about the teenager in Iowa, apparently raised in an arch-conservative home, who snapped over the issue of illegal immigration, who went to his high school and started shooting everyone in sight.
Considering everything else that is going on in the Middle East these days, it's no wonder that there was little international attention to the death of Qumar David in Pakistan.
Time is funny. Funny, strange; not funny, ha-ha. Take 1978 for example. Depending on your age, 1978 may not seem all that long ago. For many of us, 1978 certainly does not seem like a lifetime ago. So many of us also have a problem with the suggestion that Jimmie Nelms should be released from prison. It was in May of 1978 when Nelms and Walter Myrick were stopped by Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Conroy ...
Way to go, Kansas Supreme Court. It was announced recently that the state's high court had reversed a Shawnee County District Court judge decision that would have imposed "a reduced sentence on a man convicted of having sex with two children," according to an Associated Press report. At issue was the case of Harold Dean Spencer, 75. Spencer pled guilty in 2008 to "two charges of having sex with the children." In reaction, Judge Matthew ...
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Organization for Women, American Civil Liberties Union, League of Women Voters and the gay rights group Kansas Equality Coalition undoubtedly have many things in common, but a couple are these:
In the words of someone or another of great intellect - "No - Duh!" That has been one response to the reaction pervaders of Internet porn have had to the suggestion that all web sites that are distributing smut should have ".xxx" in the place of ".com" or ".org." To the rest of us, the suggestion just makes a lot of sense. Then you consider what the impact could be on the money that the ...
As Kansas approaches another of those horribly trying civic experiences, the burden placed upon responsible members of a horribly free society, there are those who suggest we are just making it too hard on conscientious citizens.
In the great 1986 Sci-Fi movie, "Aliens," the movie's heroine, Ripley, asked the pointed question that has sprung to mind for many of us in the recent past: "Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?"
Experts at Wolf Creek power plant are studying what is going on right now in Japan, and that is a terrific relief to all of us who have been losing sleep over the possibility of a Kansas-syndrome event.
Most of us have had the conversation with our kids that is now being played out from local communities, to the Congress and even on, overseas.
Many of you already do it, blame it on who you will, but you really do. You try to be funny, making observations that tend towards the crude and rude.
Nelson Mandela spent nearly seven decades fighting for freedom and equality in South Africa as he stood up against the institutionalized racist white-led apartheid rule. He started with peaceful resistance in the 1950s, but eventually joined the armed struggle, his participation in which landed him in prison on the infamous Robben Island. He spent 27 years there before being released and seeing his dream of a black-ruled South Africa come true, rising to power as ...
A while back the League of Women Voters asked Great Bend City Attorney Robert Suelter to discuss the three-mile zone around the city limits, which has been overseen by the city since 2000. The area has a mix of agricultural, industrial and residential uses.
A man's life is over and the more we hear about it, the worse it sounds.
The U.S. Supreme court refused Monday to hear a case by Amazon and Overstock.com challenging the state of New York's ability to collect sales tax on items sold online. Good for them - and especially to do so on Cyber Monday.
A record 141 million people were expected to shop in stores and online over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend that ended Sunday, up from last year's 137 million, according to the results of a survey of nearly 4,500 shoppers conducted for The National Retail Federation.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be a boom to the economy, but there are efforts that are good for the soul.
You'd think people would be happy with the rise of ethanol, a renewable energy source, taking the place of some oil, which is non-renewable. By creating another market for corn farmers, it should be a win-win.
Thanksgiving Holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for bountiful blessings, food and family.
Last week, two guys from Norway dropped into an area business. They said they had traveled all the way to Barton County specifically to hunt at Cheyenne Bottoms.
Kansans and other Midwesterners have much to be thankful for come Thanksgiving. They are blessed with gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that fared better than that in other parts of the nation.
US Airways didn't earn any goodwill recently when it removed a blind man and his service dog from a flight at the Philadelphia International Airport. As fellow passengers left as well, the flight was canceled and everyone was given the option of a bus ride to Islip, N.Y.
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