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GOP Congress must remember why it was elected

"I've never seen anything quite like it," said a political-insider friend of mine as we sipped coffee.

November 04, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump’s apologists couldn’t care less about indictments

Amidst all the speculation about the scope and direction of Robert Mueller's deepening Trump-Russia probe - triggered anew by the indictment of Paul Manafort - one thing is certain: No matter what happens on the legal front in the days and weeks ahead, Trump's credulous fan base will remain wedded to him 'til death do they part.

November 04, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


“Casablanca” turns 75: We’ll always have parodists

When I was in my late teens, a Nashville TV station ran a late-night double-feature of Humphrey Bogart movies. Immersed in the nostalgia craze, I grudgingly sacrificed "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and dozed off so I could stay awake for the fabled "Casablanca." In those pre-DVD, pre-streaming days, my nap was my "letter of transit" to a wonderful experience.

November 02, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Shedding light on Puerto Rico

Backroom wrangling over financial transactions between government agencies and big business is not unheard of. It is, however, suspect when it involves "no-bid" contracts.

November 02, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Where are the rest of the Republican heroes?

Are Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, and Nebraska's Ben Sasse the only honest Republicans on Capitol Hill? It appears so. They seem to have more testosterone flowing through their bodies than the remaining male Republican members of both Houses of Congress combined. And they appear to be the only Republicans in Washington gutsy enough to publicly take on the president.

November 01, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


This week’s profiles in political courage!

Arizona Republican Jeff Flake proudly stood before America this week and crowed, "Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles."

November 01, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hail, the Queen of Collusion

Excuse me, but didn't I write this column already?

November 01, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Senator versus demagogue, and history’s verdict

Bravo to the Republican senator who stood tall in the chamber and assailed a Republican demagogue for his disgraceful reliance on "the Four Horsemen of Calumny - Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear." Bravo to the senator for insisting, with virtually no support from cowered colleagues, that "it's high time for the United States Senate and its members to do some soul-searching, for us to weigh our consciences."

October 31, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Fix the parks, not the fees

Three years ago this month, returning to my hotel room in Flagstaff, Arizona, I wrote:

October 30, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The performance art of Republicans slamming Trump

President Trump insisted this week that his meeting with the Republican Senate caucus was a "lovefest," but there was plenty of evidence to the contrary if you asked some members of his party.

October 30, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Will your job be extinct by 2030?

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a single day. TEACH a man to fish and eventually someone will invent a fishing ROBOT and put your student's butt on the unemployment line.

October 28, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump just keeps digging

It's the first rule of crisis communications: When you're in the hole, the first thing you do is to stop digging.

October 28, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Tribune Publisher Bob Werner remembered

Last week we learned of the passing of Robert "Bob" Werner. For those of you who don't remember, Bob began his career with the Great Bend Tribune in 1961 selling advertising. About 10 years later he took over the helm at the Tribune as publisher where he led our organization until his retirement in 1996.

October 27, 2017 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists


Reflections from my forty year reunion

There comes a time in one's life when you can feel the arc of life start to descend. The realization that the road is ahead is shorter than the one behind. Your age is part of it, but only a part. For me, I had this sense initially when my mother Ramona passed away in May, 2002. It was a much different sense but unquestionably familiar when our fourth child, Maggie left for college three years ago. At that point, our dog, Bernie, was my constant companion. Then the time came when we had to say goodbye to her.

October 27, 2017 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Hooray for Hollywood

Actors, actresses, producers, writers, directors, executives, and those who do their dirty work are jumping up and down on the casting couch, attempting to trample it once and for all.

October 26, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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The NHL turns 100: What lies ahead?

Let's start with a disclaimer, just so I'm not skating on thin ice.

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A prayer for peace that calls us to act

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Howard Henry's no preacher.

November 17, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Congress obsesses over amnesty

One year ago, 63 million Americans elected Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States. Energized by candidate Trump's pledge to ...

November 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


UCLA players: Off the court and into the courtroom

The behavior of UCLA Bruins basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, who were arrested in China last week and charged with shoplifting ...

November 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Important caveat for dems after election night wins

Heading into Tuesday night's gubernatorial election in Virginia, national Democrats badly needed a win. After dropping some serious coin in special elections in Georgia ...

November 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump goes belly up in China

Donald Trump has dumped all his macho stump rhetoric about China and morphed into a wimp. Since he probably never believed what he spouted in ...

November 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Some of the Devil’s best work

The devil sat drunk and giddy in a bar, boasting about his recent "accomplishments."

November 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


On climate, the United States now stands alone

In Bonn, Germany, representatives of countries around the world have gathered for the annual UN Climate Change Conference. The mood might be a little different ...

November 13, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Should day baseball return to the World Series?

Baseball scribes proclaimed the 2017 World Series as one for the ages. You can't prove it by me, an Eastern Time Zone fan unable ...

November 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Veterans Day by the numbers

"I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces."

November 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Thanksgiving: have you already missed it???

As far as Thanksgiving songs are concerned, "Over the River and Through the Woods" may soon be replaced by rock group Chicago's "Does Anybody ...

November 11, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Always searching, sometimes finding

There are those times when something tells you that instead of turning that way, it might be better to turn this way. Have you ever ...

November 09, 2017 | By the Rev. George O. Martin | Columnists


If we can’t discuss issues, how can we solve them?

"I'm afraid to discuss politics and current events with anyone except my wife and best friends, and it's regrettable that millions of Americans ...

November 09, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Another mass shooting, more ‘thoughts and prayers’

"Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now," U.S. House Speaker Paul J. Ryan, R-Wisc., tweeted ...

November 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Emperor has no clothes

Someone needs to cloak Mr. Trump in a copy of the Constitution. The Emperor clearly needs new clothes.

November 08, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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