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When Parents Go Rogue at Sporting Events for Kids

It was the championship game and, after a long tournament series, both the fans and players were showing signs of strain.

August 02, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If Bill Clinton Becomes 'First Guy'

I surely don't want Hillary to be our next president, but I think it would be great if Bill became America's first "first guy."

August 01, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Both Parties Should Adopt the Barbara Bush Rule

The most frightening observation in connection with the Donald Trump presidential campaign came during a call to the Rush Limbaugh Show. Barely able to contain his excitement, the caller breathlessly proclaimed that after the RNC convention speeches by the Trump children, "We are seeing the birth of a new political dynasty!"

August 01, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


'Undecided' About What?

Now that the political conventions have finished cementing allegiance among party faithful, the focus shifts to the most misguided group in presidential politics: "undecideds."

July 30, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Forgiving John Hinckley

A federal judge has ruled that John Hinckley Jr., the mentally disturbed man who tried to assassinate my father 35 years ago, will be set free in about a week.

July 30, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A 102- Year-Old's View of Hillary's Historic Moment

If there was any doubt as to the massive symbolic significance of Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination for president, one need only look at the face of Jerry Emmett.

July 28, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Donald Trump, the ADHD Candidate

Those of you who regularly read my column know that Donald Trump was not my first choice for the GOP nominee. He was not my second choice either. Rather than belaboring the point, I'm just going to say that while I am not "Never Trump," I am most assuredly "Never Hillary."

July 28, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hispanics Don't Back the GOP, but the Reason is Surprising

America is facing an existential crisis of awesome proportions.

July 27, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Time for Choosing in 2016

C.S. Lewis once wrote: "Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you...into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole...you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself."

July 27, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Can Hillary Convince Voters She's the Optimistic Candidate?

After four days of doom and gloom in Donald Trump's America, Democrats have a deceptively simple task to accomplish with their convention this week:

July 26, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


How the Trivial & Entertaining Mask Real Issues

"Can you believe Melania Trump used some of the same words in her Republican convention speech that First Lady Michelle Obama used in one of hers!"

July 26, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can't Elect a Liar in Chief

The stunt Ted Cruz pulled at the GOP convention in Cleveland Wednesday night may someday become known as his "Mistake on the Lake."

July 25, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Vacation 2016: The Tyrees Do Dollywood

When my wife, son Gideon (age 12) and I made our latest pilgrimage to the Dollywood theme park earlier this month, it reminded me of 1967, when my parents took my younger brother and me to Goldrush Junction (which, like Rebel Railroad and Silver Dollar City, was one of the earlier incarnations of Dollywood).

July 25, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Six Factors that Gave Us Trump

With Donald Trump basking in the GOP convention's glow, tortured analysis persists among those seeking to explain how he ever got this far.

July 23, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Reluctant Embrace of Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) wanted to talk about a bunch of stuff during his primetime address at the Republican National Convention.

July 23, 2016 | John L. Micek | 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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