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Flag Day

I've been to the moon. I've been burned. But more often I'm honored. I'm your American flag.

June 11, 2016 | James F. Burns | Columnists


Kansas Medicaid cuts threaten financial health of hospitals, physician practices

Since Gov. Sam Brownback announced his solution to the state's budget problem, which includes significant cuts in KanCare, the state's Medicaid program, there has been a flurry of articles with inaccurate or incomplete information, and as a physician with firsthand knowledge of the consequences we're facing, I want to set the record straight.

June 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Where's the Stimulus Funding for Infrastructure?

While traveling across the country with your kids this summer, be sure to buckle-up and do your best to overlook all the potholes and crumbling bridges out there. Even if funding was available, things will probably remain in disrepair until your kids are grown, thanks to big government regulations and red tape.

June 09, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Hard to Believe It's Come Down to Hillary or Trump

Every four years our nation's electoral eccentricities escalate exponentially and people throw up their hands and shout, "you know, every election cycle is wacky, but especially this one." But especially this one! With this one, the narrative changes faster than the score of a Wiffle Ball game played with aluminum bats. It's an election with the attention span of high-speed lint. It's an 18 month-long squirrel scamper.

June 09, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Keynesians Stole The Jobs

Late last week the markets were shocked by a surprisingly bad May jobs report - the worst monthly report in nearly six years. The experts expected the U.S. economy to add 160,000 jobs in May, but it turns out only 38,000 jobs were added. And to make matters worse, 13,000 of those 38,000 were government jobs! Adding more government employees is a drain on the economy, not a measure of economic growth. Incredibly, there are more than 102 million people who are either unemployed or are no longer looking for work.

June 08, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Is It So Hard To Just Bring People Together?

With this November's presidential election coming up, everyone seems to be talking about America's changing demographics - specifically how these might weigh on the fortunes of Donald Trump.

June 08, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Good Listener Retires

Rick's retirement left me speechless.

June 07, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump Hits on the Media

Donald Trump is still no conservative and never will be.

June 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Bernie's Political Jujitsu Loses Leverage

The strategic maneuvering that takes place behind political debates is often far more interesting than the turgid events themselves.

June 06, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Government Can’t Help, It Can Only Hurt

Three recent stories regarding three government agencies - the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons.

June 06, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


William John Howey, a Forgotten American Story

Most Americans are dissatisfied with their likely choices for president.

June 04, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Married 25 Years – And Loving It!

For the sake of my son Gideon (age 12), I strain my brain each week to make this column something zany and irreverent instead of soberly persuasive.

June 04, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


This year, Father’s Day came early

I know Father's Day is still a couple weeks away. With my own dad Larry still very spry and fun at age 86, it will be a special day for my brothers, sisters and me.

June 04, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Gorilla Politics and the GOP

A hearty congratulations to conservatives for a seamless transition from party-wide disgust to near unanimous endorsement of a gorilla as their presidential nominee. Considering the tortuous undulations required, this metamorphosis seems to have occurred with shockingly few chiropractic adjustments.

June 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


High-Tech Profiling Has Your Number

It's mildly irritating when Facebook tries to nudge me into tagging a photo of my wife's sister as my wife or my son as myself, but there are much more ominous possibilities in the world of facial recognition software.

June 01, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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The things we’re not allowed to compare abortion to

Here are some of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to:

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


My day at the Creation Museum

I spent Fathers Day at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. The museum is filled with many animated, life-size dinosaurs accompanied by ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No, Hillary won’t win Texas

Recently, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, claimed she wants to win Texas in the fall and thinks it is possible.

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Best and worst states for children revealed

What's it like to be a child in your state?

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Memories of a 1970s Dog

A thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vin Scully Heads for Home

On a recent weekend, Bob Costas was broadcasting the Cardinals game in St. Louis, Dick Enberg was behind the mic at the Padres game in ...

June 22, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Orlando Massacre: Love Still Wins

No matter how dark or evil the moment, love wins. It always has.

June 21, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Liberals Have the Wrong Response to Gun Violence

Pink Pistols, an LGBT self-defense organization, doesn't care what color you choose for your weapon so long as you choose one.

June 20, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Parents of Gator Victim Deserve Prayers, Not Criticism

A couple of weeks ago, I blamed the mother who let her child fall into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, because she should ...

June 20, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Worried Trump Can Beat Hillary? Don't Be.

You know that nutjob you always see on the street, speed-rapping to himself about God knows what? His verbatim dialogue probably goes something like this:

June 18, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


For Father's Day – The Apple Core and the Toilet

I don't know what I was thinking: In 1973, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet, an action I ...

June 18, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


In the basement, without their Rock

The Wizard of Oz" made Kansas synonymous with tornadoes. But it took the Topeka tornado of June 1966, to bring this Hollywood fiction to reality ...

June 18, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Despite Terrorism Ties, Obama Won't Acknowledge the Obvious

The mass murders in Orlando shouldn't be blamed on inadequate gun control laws, described as a lone wolf attack, characterized as a homegrown terrorist ...

June 16, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Long History of Militant Islam

"The ambassador answered us that...it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it ...

June 16, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Fascism: A Bipartisan Affliction

If neoconservatives and progressives truly understood fascism, they would stop using the word as a smear term. That is because both groups, along with most ...

June 15, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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