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I’m glad I’m not an Alabama voter

More specifically, I'm glad I'm not an Alabama conservative. The choice confronting conservatives in the December 12th special senate election is very difficult. But not so tough that our cultural arbiters aren't eager to give conservatives and Christians the benefit of their wisdom.

December 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


AT&T, CNN merger doesn’t worry me like Sinclair

Last year, I expressed serious reservations about the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. I argued, at the time, that allowing this merger will have important implications for a free press and American democracy for many years to come.

December 02, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Still paying For Christmas 2016? Atta boy, Clarence!

It's beginning to look a lot like debt collectors, everywhere you go...

December 02, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Consumer protection is no laughing matter

As Congress struggles to enact legislation that will bring tax relief to the rich and decimate healthcare for the not-so-rich, another battle is brewing beneath the Swamp; the never-ending struggle to decimate the lusterless policies that affect the lives of ordinary Americans. Policies put in place to protect us no matter what our political persuasion may be.

November 30, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


No means no

An avalanche of revelations concerning public figures engaging in various sexual assaults has tumbled down upon our heads, and the airwaves are consumed with accusations, recriminations, equivocations and ethical gyrations, not to mention the threat of career annihilations. And it couldn't happen to a more deserving aggregation of guys.

November 30, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Identify theft calling

Ring, ring.

November 29, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A glaring loophole for fugitives

When gun-control and gun-rights advocates clash after the latest mass shooting, you can usually count on two rhetorical chips being thrown onto the table:

November 29, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


I hope it’s not a water view like Fukushima

I don't know about you, but the thought of combining an ocean view with 1,800 tons of radioactive nuclear waste gives me a queasy feeling. Admittedly, for me the quease is just speculative, but for the residents in San Clemente, CA - just up the road from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station - queasiness is an everyday reality.

November 28, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Should Al Franken resign? Whoa, Take a breath

It's admirable, in a way, that so many left-leaners are calling for Al Franken to quit the Senate.

November 28, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The holiday view from a tired lady

"Thanksgiving is over for this present season

November 25, 2017 | By Judi Tabler | Columnists


Be thankful if you don’t take a drumstick to the noggin

"Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday of the year. Now I can't wait for it to be over."

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A classier class war

Just when you thought America had fallen down the rabbit hole entering an undiscovered country with no recognizable features and a strange distorted landscape, whom stops by to say hi? Why, it's our old good buddy, Class War. Donald Trump adopted him, but the Democrats want him back as part of the family.

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Family writings provide perspective on being thankful

Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful:

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Give thanks to the One most worthy

I heard a sermon on the radio a while back that impressed me. The minister was saying that God does not get chills down his back when He hears "The Star Spangled Banner." He's not impressed.

November 20, 2017 | By Judi Tabler | Columnists


Not Sen. Moore and not Weird Al

Hello, Senator Franken.

November 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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Merit-Based compassion

President Trump's vulgar language and racist views regarding immigration obfuscate serious debate over a key policy about which many reasonable people disagree.

January 18, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


iPhone Xcess

For my eldest and most expensive daughter's fifteenth birthday, she requested a new cell phone/adolescent life-support unit. Because my own cell phone was ...

January 18, 2018 | Jason Graves | Columnists


Ink-stained crusaders

Good journalism, even when practiced for profit, is a public service. Lately, however, top news organizations, frustrated by criticism from on high, have taken to ...

January 17, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


How to rent US citizenship for only 5 percent per month

The current controversy involving granting amnesty to approximately 800,000 Delayed Accountability for Contemptuous Aliens (DACA) is nowhere near the end of demands to appease ...

January 17, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump should say ‘No’ to Whirlpool plan to kill U.S. jobs

With healthcare reform in abeyance, tax reform done, and the White House starting to pivot toward immigration, is there still room for the trade agenda ...

January 16, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The GOP can’t get burnt on DACA deal

Everyone knows something has to be done for America's DACA kids.

January 16, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A new Russia story that’s largely been overlooked

As conflict and confusion on Capitol Hill continues to swirl around Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, and the salacious dossier, a new Russia story broke much ...

January 15, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


On immigration, Trump is rudderless

It was awesome this week to watch Donald Trump in action - or, more accurately, inaction.

January 15, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Sock it to me: ‘Laugh-In’ iturns 50

Am I excited about the upcoming (January 22) 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking NBC comedy-variety series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"?

January 13, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


My computer needs an attitude adjustment

We have new time clocks here at the Great Bend Tribune.

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


Jared Kushner is bad for Middle East peace

Diplomacy is not a transactional affair. This seems lost on self-proclaimed Middle East expert and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. The ever-increasing number of questionable business ...

January 11, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


A few 2018 predictions

Time for a few choice words for the not-so-dearly departed year of 2017. And those words are... "You sucked. Go away. Stay there. Keep it ...

January 11, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


The part-time presidency of Donald Trump

Note to self: When it's time to sit down and talk with my bosses about my next steps as an opinion editor and all-around-columnist ...

January 10, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Frigid winter SAD for Anti-Trumpers

Boy, it's cold across America.

January 10, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Protests in Iran require care and nuance

In the final days of 2017, protests erupted and quickly spread to cities across the country of Iran. More than a week later, a government ...

January 09, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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