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No Walking Back Trump’s Comments

Donald Trump knew what he was doing Tuesday afternoon. Make no mistake.

August 13, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Farewell Virgil. We will all miss you

Virgil Unrein passed away this week. When my sister Beth shared the news with me Wednesday night, I sat down and in seconds was flooded with memories of my dear friend. The Unreins belonged to St. Pat's and their family was large – Virgil had seven siblings, and he was the second oldest. We went to St. Pat's together, and I came to know a couple of his brothers, namely Richard and Nick. Virgil's dad Edwin worked in the oil field and died in May, 1975. At that time Virgil was 18.

August 13, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


The more things change, the more they ...

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the Great Bend Tribune. It also comes close to marking my 14th year as the fine publication's editor.

August 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Where There's Smoke There's Fire

Even with all her baggage, the mainstream media continues to paint Hillary Clinton as an angel of light.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


The Rigged Process that Gave Us Hillary

"Democracy works, but we gotta want it -- not just during an election year, but all the days in between," Barack Obama told a refreshingly receptive audience at the Democratic National Convention.

August 11, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Comatose Man Wakes to the 2016 Election

"Where am I?" asked the man from his hospital bed.

August 10, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The American People Can't Be Trusted

So the conventions are over and we've entered the penultimate stage of this presidential demolition derby. Your muted murmurs of"yippee" and "hooray" have been duly noted. That's enough, put the horns away, this is not an overly large celebration.

August 10, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump's Tanking Numbers Hurting Other Candidates

There are two sets of numbers, both related and intertwined, that should keep Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) awake at night.

August 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Bureaucrats to Dump Billions in Student Loans on Taxpayers

Regulations are flying out the door in in Washington, where an already hyper-aggressive Obama administration is looking at its last chance to move its agenda forward while sidestepping the Republicans in Congress.

August 09, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Hillary's Lies Overshadowed by Trump's Words

If Donald Trump could just "let it go" once in a while, the national media might actually report on Hillary's crass lies at the Democratic National Convention. But, no, Trump's a natural performer in the style of Kardashian and Jersey Shore "reality" stars, reacting foolishly to verbal slights.

August 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Shut Up For a Month, Donald

Forget the idea of a Republican intervention.

August 08, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


California Not As Blue As Media Portrays It

The year-long primary season proved one thing - the pundits, pollsters, and experts were wrong. They were wrong about Donald Trump right up to the last, and they were wrong about Bernie Sanders, a dark horse candidate that dogged Hillary Clinton to the end before he finally came up short.

August 06, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Can the GOP Nuke Its Own Nominee?

The Republican race has gone nuclear.

August 06, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Have You Thanked Your Physical Therapist Today?

I've been undergoing physical therapy as a result of a compression fracture, and my physical therapist (Amy) got a "deer in the headlights" look when I said I would be WRITING about physical therapy this week.

August 04, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Can Trump's Negativity Win Him Pennsylvania?

What plays better in the Rust Belt - hope or despair?

August 04, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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Let Trump Be Trump

For months we've been hearing complaints from the pundits that Donald Trump has not given us a clear idea about how he plans to ...

September 26, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Political Reporters are Still Ignoring Clinton

Hiding behind the shiny objects fascinating so-called journalists this week, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have actually spoken of policies that could affect your life ...

September 26, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Charlotte Protesters Aren't Patriots, They're Criminals

After watching the city of Charlotte go up in flames this week, I took to Facebook with this:

September 26, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


No, You're Not Going to be Killed by a Refugee

You know what the great thing about Skittles is?

September 24, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Parenting With Precision: Are We There Yet?

"I wish I'd found you 10 or 12 years ago!"

September 24, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Life Lessons from our dogs: the Leawood Doggie Dunk

Anyone who has read Willie Morris' book "My Dog Skip" or seen the movie of the same name falls into one of two categories: the ...

September 24, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


12 Hours of Terror: Just Another Weekend in Leftist-run America

We live in a country run by people who tell us that if a man puts on a dress and says he's a woman ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Hillary Summons the Dead for Advice

Journalists in the mass media love to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidates. Well, I just dug up some dirt on Hillary Clinton.

September 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Why Are We Sending 38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel?

Last week's announcement of a record-breaking U.S. aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist foreign policy. Over ...

September 21, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Gary Johnson Wouldn't Appreciate My Trip to Rome

When Gary Johnson had his Aleppo moment a week ago, I was among those who could not believe his absolute incompetence. I understand that Libertarians ...

September 21, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


What's the Point of Having a Majority If GOP Doesn't Use It?

Last week, during an aside in his speech at the Values Voters Summit, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx.) shared an insight into the timid appeasers comprising ...

September 20, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Sick Hillary a Growing Concern Among Democrats

Liberals are already positioning for Bernie Sanders to take Hillary's place as the Democratic Presidential Candidate.

September 20, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hillary and Bill - The Old Couple

Now that the health of Hillary has become a serious issue in the mainstream media and not just a dirty alt-right rumor, maybe someone should ...

September 19, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Have-Nots Still Come Up Short

The brightest economic news in years shows that median household income in the U.S. has climbed to $56,516. And get this: It means ...

September 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Have-Nots Still Come Up Short

The brightest economic news in years shows that median household income in the U.S. has climbed to $56,516. And get this: It means ...

September 17, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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