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Teaching Writing Wrong

If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country's education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of the way we administer and grade the writing standardized tests, we'd have a better idea of whether our kids can write if we looked at their texts.

April 09, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Tina Turner, Mad Max, Al Gore and You

According to a new UN report, there's good news and bad news about global warming. The good news- it's worse than we thought. Yeah. That's the good news. The bad news- you don't want to know. Because then there's worse news and ultimately, "holy moley, is that an asteroid the size of a mini-mall crushing my house" news.

April 09, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Premature Obamacare Victory Lap

President Obama took a victory lap on Tuesday, celebrating 7 million Obamacare enrollees.

April 08, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


I’m Batman - And I’m 75!

According to DC Comics, March 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman (in "Detective Comics" #27).

April 08, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The ObamaMedia High-fives ObamaCare

Watching the president doing his ObamaCare victory lap in the Rose Garden the other day made me feel so sick to my stomach I had to call my doctor.

April 06, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Can Rand Paul Really Get the 2016 GOP Nomination?

He's the GOP's emerging conservative "rock star" who sets the base on fire. But can he go the distance? Is it realistic to think that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul can really get the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination and usher in a new GOP era in more ways than one? Or does he have too much political hubris -- some of it from his father?

April 06, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Springtime in Washington

Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C.

April 04, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Attacking Cancer Patients Doesn’t Fix Obamacare

In a blockbuster Associated Press story your local paper may have skipped, Kelli Kennedy reports that patients with cancer and other serious diseases all over the country are being hammered by the same problem: the one-size-fits-all structure of Obamacare plans imposes outrageously high out-of-pocket costs for their specialty drugs.

April 04, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Obama Confesses

"Pope Francis, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but I have a few things I have to get off my chest."

April 03, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Obamacare Haters Can’t Handle the Truth

If there's one thing Republicans hate even more than health insurance for a growing number of Americans, it's empirical evidence that Obamacare is insuring a growing number of Americans.

April 03, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Lobbyists Always Find a Way

It's funny how loopholes are always just big enough to accommodate a lobbyist. In Texas, the legislature recently banned lobbyists for testing companies from serving on education accountability advisory boards, but Bill Hammond, a lobbyist representing Pearson's interests, is serving on an accountability panel. It may sadden you to know that Texas is messing with ethics, but fear not: It appears no one is listening to Hammond anyway.

April 02, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Foul Balls

Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.

April 02, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


What Will Unionized Athletes Mean for Colleges?

The National Labor Relations Board says college football players are not "students." Many would agree. It took the NLRB to declare them "employees."

April 01, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Sawbucked to Death

These days, the only thing harder than making money is hanging onto it. It's easier to protect dandelion fuzz in a tornado. Everywhere you go, everyone wants a taste. Their only job is to get a grip on your money. And some of these folks are pretty darn good at their jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Travels with POTUS, FLOTUS and the ‘Riddler’

Come on guys, let's start focusing on the important stuff like ObamaCare, Ukraine and winning the Senate.

March 30, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Rebel Flag the Ultimate Dog Whistle

Since its reintroduction on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Confederate flag has been the source of controversy with a regularity approaching that of a Madonna comeback album. Sadly, it has been thrust into the news once more because some kid who loved it went crazy and committed an atrocity. A racially charged atrocity. Yes. Again.

July 05, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Political Correctness and the Confederate Flag

More and more people want the Confederate flag gone immediately. Before getting too hasty, though, some things must be considered.

July 05, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


I salute America

I salute...the editor of a colonial newspaper who shut down his paper rather than pay the Stamp Act tax of 1765; his last edition proclaimed liberty as "the greatest blessing human beings can enjoy"and taxation without representation as being "fettered with the chains of inimical servitude."

July 03, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


Independence Day's Importance

"Beer, family gatherings and fireworks! Gosh, I love the Fourth of July!"

July 03, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Whining is For Duffers, Not Pros

Sometimes you just have to get away from politics, if even for half a weekend.

July 02, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Obamacare Ruling is a Conservative Win

The dream of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has now been realized. Their solution-their idea for universal health care has been passed by both houses, signed by the president and upheld twice now by the Supreme Court. Yes, they call it Obamacare. Yes, they strangely call it socialism. But yes, it was their idea.

July 02, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Salon's 'Big Lie' About Guns and Mental Illness

I'm strongly in favor of keeping the mentally ill away from firearms and I'm coming around to approving any policy that keeps crazy 'journalists' away from a keyboard, too. Case in point is Salon.com writer Arthur Chu. His rant titled "It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males" makes Alex Jones sound like Dr. Phil.

July 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Why Spy on France?

According to WikiLeaks, the United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, reports Reuters. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn why.

July 01, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Personality Tests: Jobseekers Beware!

"There's no such thing as a stupid question - but we're doing our best."

June 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Ray of Hope in the Confederacy of Dunces

In the annals of political flip flops - or "evolutions," if you prefer - none have arguably rivaled the breathtaking triple back flip executed late Monday by the governor of South Carolina.

June 30, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Champions for Life

Donor support from the "Hometown Team" made fielding champions more than a possibility. A string of Kansas State American Legions titles and regional appearances would springboard the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps onto the national stage. Taking the field with the nation's best quickly advanced the understanding that the youth from a rural community in Central Kansas could compete with - and conquer – champions from every corner.

June 28, 2015 | | Columnists


California’s Water Woes Hit Home

Pundits sizing up the drought have said that water is the new oil. They're wrong, of course. Oil supplies merely send nations to war, while the water shortage pits neighbors against each other.

June 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Time for the South to Surrender

Reasonable people have suggested that removing Confederate flags from capitols, symbols from license plates, and products from Walmart shelves is mere symbolism, but it's more than that. By recognizing that flying the Confederate flag is a continuation of a treasonous act motivated by racial hatred, we can end what amounts to a 150-year-long Civil War re-enactment and move the South into what Abraham Lincoln called its "proper practical relation" to the rest of the county.

June 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Whatever Happened to Common Sense Regarding Climate Change?

Fear mongering is quite lucrative in what seems to be a burgeoning "climate change industrial complex," where certain people benefit monetarily or politically in their promotion of global catastrophic risk due to catastrophic global warming.

June 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Time to Reconsider Going to College?

The American economy has supposedly long since recovered from the Great Recession. The stock market is doing exceptionally well and unemployment isn't what it once was.

June 26, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


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