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Winners, Losers and Leaders

President Obama's reaction to the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris has been strange - and disturbing.

November 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

GOP Islamophobia is Back With a Vengeance

What a surprise. In the aftermath of Paris, Republicans have rediscovered one of their favorite illnesses, Islamophobia. Painting with a predictably broad brush, Marco Rubio compares Muslims to Nazis. Donald Trump talks about shuttering mosques. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush want to ban all Syrian refugees who are Muslim, and admit only those who are Christian.

November 22, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

The Nun’s Bazaar: a post script

This week's column will be a short one. I'm just too tired to write very much. You see, last weekend was the Dominican Sisters of Peace bazaar. I was there. Twice. We had a plan that we thought was carefully orchestrated. My entourage was going to arrive at the convent at 7:30 and beat the losers who drive from Ellinwood, Hoisington and Stafford. We expected the crowd to be thin. After all this wasn't just any Saturday morning. It was the start of Pheasant season, which means every grown man and most of their kids were ...

November 22, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

America’s Grand Ole Opry Turns 90

News that the venerable "Grand Ole Opry" radio show turns 90 on Nov. 28, starts my memories flowing.

November 20, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Are We Still a Nation of Laws?

Hypothetical situation: A father uses a stolen credit card to make a big FanDuel football bet. He's taking a risk because he wants to have the best Feliz Navidad ever for his family. But to his shock and dismay he finds out there's a big difference between futbol and football and his entire "investment" is wiped out.

November 20, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Critical Thinking Needed

I'm often out of touch with our rapidly changing culture norms.

November 19, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Anchor Baby Battle

Prepare for earth-shattering news - immigration has become a key issue in the race for the Republican nomination. Yes. Again. It's what folks in the garden industry call a perennial. Or rather, biennial, as it happens like clockwork every year ending in an even number. It's as predictable as fruit flies in the dumpster behind a produce store on garbage day.

November 19, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Now It's Liberals Pushing the 'War on Christmas'

I spent a good part of one afternoon last week making a parody of the whole "Little Red Cup" controversy. The most recent iteration of our annual "War on Christmas" outrage involved Starbucks and their holiday cups. Usually in the lead up to Thanksgiving, the company issued its festive cups adorned with wreaths and whatever else reminded you of the totally nonessential yet delightful parts of Christmas. There was no nativity motif, nothing religious. It was the secular part that makes you warm and fuzzy and coaxes you to pay exorbitant sums for, let's face it, not so good ...

November 18, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Paris and What Should Be Done

The horrific attacks in Paris on Friday have, predictably, led to much over-reaction and demands that we do more of the exact things that radicalize people and make them want to attack us.

November 18, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Poverty From a Different Point of View

Today, more Americans than ever receive some sort of government assistance, much of which can genuinely be described as "handouts." Welfare-to-work standards, a bipartisan gem from the Clinton Era, have been relaxed. Ostensibly unemployed individuals now receive benefits for years on end.

November 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Starbucks Cups and the Internet Idiocracy

Isn't it nice to know that even in a time of international crisis - ISIS, Syria, Putin - some Americans still make time to freak out over trivia? There's something endearingly childlike (or pathetic) about our willful refusal to put things in perspective.

November 17, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

No school on parade day? What kids really learned that day

Everyone is still talking about the Royals parade. It seems the only people complaining are those upset that school was canceled. Hordes of school districts gave everyone the day off. One letter to the editor last week expressed it this way: "With all the pressure on teachers and students to perform better, did they really need a day off for no real reason? I don't think that sends the right message."

November 15, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

Politicians Peddle Fear Because it Works

Politicians and activists throughout the ideological spectrum use fear tactics to win.

November 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

A Good Republican Slugfest

A funny thing happened at the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night.

November 15, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

In The Market To Rent A Mom?

"Rent-a-Mom The Real Deal For Adults Needing Mother," blared a recent ABC News story.

November 13, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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Trump Buries Ideas Behind Insults and Attacks

The Gettysburg Address it wasn't.

October 27, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Obama’s Pivot to Asia Hits a Roadblock in the Philippines

While the mainstream media continues its obsessive reporting on the mud-slinging campaign for the White House, a dramatic development in China last week brought President ...

October 27, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists

10 Things That Should End With This Election

Just a few more weeks and we'll be free of the epic discomfiture that has been the 2016 presidential campaign. Here are ten things ...

October 26, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists

The Jerry Springer Election

"I can't take it anymore. This stupid presidential election has turned into a lousy Jerry Springer show."

October 26, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

A Dangerous Time for an Obama Third Term

While President Obama was busy last week telling Hillary supporters how "dangerous" he perceives Donald Trump, real danger quietly passed through the English Channel - when ...

October 25, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Trump’s Put His Banana Republicanism On Display to the World

If there was any doubt as to the singular and unique danger that Donald Trump poses to American democracy, the Republican took those doubts and ...

October 25, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Still Treating Trump Unfairly

"Donald Trump Campaign Contractors Confess Election Fraud!"

October 24, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Trump Trumps Trump

Trump had his best debate in Nevada.

October 24, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Reflections on life as a college senior, then and now, and remembering sacrifices made by others

When I arrived at Kansas City International I knew what I was seeing wasn't typical. After all it was 5:15 on a Friday ...

October 22, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

The Great Pumpkin Celebrates 50 Sincere Years

Remember a time when autumn meant burning leaves instead of burning Samsung Note 7 phones?

October 22, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Hillary’s Words Don’t Match Her Actions

Actions speak louder than words.

October 22, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Dead People ARE Voting

With Halloween so close to the November election, we may as well bring up the obvious link between ghouls and political hacks: Dead people are ...

October 20, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Arizona’s Crazy with the Political Heat

The divisiveness, bitterness and even nuttiness of the 2016 campaign is on full display in Arizona.

October 20, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Judgmental Evangelicals: What Hypocrisy Smells Like

Have you ever wondered what a hypocrite smells like? All you need to do is sniff a homeless person to know what hypocrites don't ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Gropage Report

If experts are correct in saying that Donald Trump needs women voters to win the presidency, the last two weeks have been the worst for ...

October 19, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists

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