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As a Journalist, Holt Stumbled Badly

Before taking his seat at Monday night's presidential debate, Lester Holt confided to the audience in the hall that his knees were shaking. Ninety minutes later, shaky would be an overly kind way to describe Holt's performance as moderator.

September 28, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Wells Fargo or the Federal Reserve: Who’s the Bigger Fraud?

The Wells Fargo bank account scandal took center stage in the news last week and in all likelihood will continue to make headlines for many weeks to come.

September 28, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The Comeback of Cursive

Get this: After many schools have phased out cursive writing lessons across America, more schools are bringing the lessons back.

September 27, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


October Surprises

Something craven infects political candidates as the days dwindle down to a precious few, especially when prospects for victory appear slimmer than an emaciated giraffe in a fun house mirror. It may be darkest before the dawn, but for those scheduled to be executed at first light, the darkness triggers a kind of dastardly creativity that those made of lesser stuff might characterize as desperation.

September 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


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 defeat ISIS.

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 much more than which candidate started the "birther" movement.

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 admitted criers and the liars.

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 we are supposed to take him at his word. But, if a man goes on a murderous rampage in the name of Allah, and ISIS claims responsibility, we shouldn't draw conclusions.

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 the next ten years, the U.S. taxpayer will be forced to give Israel some $38 billion dollars in military aid. It is money we cannot afford going to a country that needs no assistance to maintain its status as the most powerful military in the Middle East.

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 generally take an isolationist position when it comes to foreign affairs, but it was incredibly troubling to see someone who thought he was fit to lead this country show such a lack of interest or inquisitiveness.

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 GOP congressional leadership. When he first entered the House in 2006, the talk was of the big things the Republican majority was going to accomplish.

September 20, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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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


Steve Bannon’s spontaneous combustion

It's been said that death was a good career move for Elvis. It remains to be seen if Steve Bannon's Watch-Me-Burn-Down-My-Career Tour will ...

January 09, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Calling out Congress

Didn't we turn over a new leaf in 2018?

January 08, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


From Russia with love... sort of

Americans who lived through the Cold War were taught that the Soviet Union was not our friend. They possessed weapons that could obliterate us with ...

January 08, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Santa should have left these gifts

Hey!!! Sorry. Just trying to rouse everyone from their tranquil basking in the afterglow of the most wonderful time of the year. You know, the ...

January 06, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


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