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Why This Conservative Won't Back Trump

While pro-Trump pundits do their best to rationalize the sewer talk flowing from the stage after the most recent GOP debate, please understand that the problem is really not that complicated.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


We’re Not Being Overrun by Illegal Immigrants

Okay, sit down. Take a deep breath.

March 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


GOP Won't Disavow Trump

The only accurate prediction in this bizarre presidential election is that most predictions are wrong. So here's a popular one about which to be wary: If Trump is the nominee he won't get the support of key GOP leadership.

March 09, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Charity Health Care & Continuing Education

Using creativity and problem-solving, the Kansas House recently approved a simple solution for increasing access to care for low-income Kansans and rural communities.

March 08, 2016 | Representative Dan Hawkins | Columnists


Quitting the GOP

John-William Schiffbauer is what Republicans, at least on paper, say they want their party to look more like. He's 31-years-old (a coveted millennial), socially liberal, fiscally conservative and not totally white. "My grandmother was from Japan," he says. He's a New York City playwright who's into cool whiskey bars and heated policy debates. He sees himself as what the future of the Republican Party ought to be. "Did you read the GOP post-2012 autopsy report? The 'Growth and Opportunity Project,' as it was dubbed?" He asks.

March 08, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


'Soul Murder' in Altoona

If you've seen the excellent movie "Spotlight," you know what it takes for a newspaper to expose the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

March 06, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tornado Research Isn't Just Whistling Dixie

You can double-check me on this - but when Phil Harris recorded "That's What I Like About The South," he never once made mention of tornadoes.

March 06, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Collapse of Recycling

A shabbily dressed man with three bulging garbage bags in his left hand and a crutch supporting his right side waits patiently as the line snakes around the parking lot. Behind him is a stooped older woman wearing an oversized hat to shield her from the sun as she pushes a beat up baby carriage containing her cargo.

March 04, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


First They Came For the iPhones...

The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December.

March 04, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Mitt isn't Exactly Superman

The good news is that a prominent member of the cowed Republican establishment is finally speaking out against Donald Trump. The bad news is, it's Mitt Romney.

March 03, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Why We Want Our Politicians to Lie

Three studies provide insight into something we all know to be true: Politicians lie.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can Trust the FBI, Right?

This huge brouhaha between the FBI and Apple has escalated into a battle royale between the righteous and the wicked. And, as often happens, both sides are claiming to be on the side of the angels. With so many good guys in attendance, it's amazing that world-wide badness is still so pervasive. But you can't blame television for everything.

March 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Hillary Paradox

In 1992, Hillary Clinton was derided as an extreme feminazi vying for all the power the White House could offer her as First Lady. A reporter from Columbus, Ohio famously asked her, "You know, some people think of you as an inspiring female attorney mother, and other people think of you as the overbearing yuppie wife from hell. How would you describe yourself?"

March 02, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


How Joe Biden Saved the GOP's Supreme Court Fight

C-SPAN just ruined President Obama's great Supreme Court Justice nomination adventure.

March 01, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


What's Next? Voting Absentee from Prison?

Maryland Democrats are hoping that allowing 44,000 ex-cons to vote in the next statewide election will accomplish what cancer failed to do: Get rid of Republican Governor Larry Hogan.

March 01, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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Trump should keep his promise to cancel Obama Climate Deal

One of the central themes of President Donald Trump's campaign was the need to extricate the United States from international agreements that hurt American ...

May 25, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


For some, immigration is a second chance at life

She was a virgin when he raped her, impregnated her, and then beat her. She miscarried. A devout Catholic, she mourned her own pain less ...

May 25, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Missing the old neighbors

Two of my family's old neighbors passed away a few weeks ago, and it makes me sad.

May 24, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The media’s war on Trump

Which is worse, President Trump allegedly sharing a piece of classified intel with the Russian ambassador or insider bureaucrats leaking classified information to journalists, all ...

May 23, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Now I know why they pack sardines in oil

American Airlines, which gave us the first frequent flyer program, has been a travel innovator for years. Then - after collecting miles became popular and American ...

May 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Yet another impeachable offense

Forgive my frequent references to Richard Nixon. It's just eerie how his impeachable behavior is being replicated by the current con man. As Yogi ...

May 22, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Fees, fines and fairness

Which best describes your view of America? Everyone pays an equal share? Or, everyone pays his fair share?

May 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Since day one, Trump has hurt himself

If I were Donald Trump's chief of staff, I'd just break his thumbs.

May 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The GOP’s Faustian bargain with Trump

Here's how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., handled the news that President Donald Trump had leaked classified information to one of America's ...

May 20, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


TV’s new deal

In the late 1970s and early 80s, as cable television evolved explosively from being a tool for improved reception to a vehicle for new program ...

May 18, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Star Wars turns 40: nostalgia and worries

"Seemingly yesterday, at a location just a couple of miles from my current home..."

May 18, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


‘President’ Kushner’s company touts Visa scam

At a glitzy Beijing Ritz-Carlton event earlier this month, Jared Kushner's sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, urged potential investors to secure their EB-5 visa promptly ...

May 18, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Surviving the American prom

Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.

May 17, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Is Stephen Hawking watching cable news?

The House is holding inconsequential hearings on why Donald Trump hired, and then fired, General Mike Flynn as National Security Director.

May 16, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Why expecting subway passengers to pay us discrimination

A select group of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers discovered what happens when government ignores the "Broken Windows" theory of policing in favor of ...

May 15, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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