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Squatting on the Flag

If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, sir.

December 18, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Cigarette Taxes Killed Eric Garner

Would police have harassed Eric Garner or his wife if the government had no financial interest in the selling of taxed cigarettes?

December 18, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama Can't Win on Oil Prices

Oil, like political punditry, is a commodity, traded freely on the open market and subject to the laws of supply and demand. The difference of course is that punditry enjoys an abundant and renewable supply, flows freely, and produces nothing of value. Oil, on the other hand, is actually important. The problem is that people think they are related.

December 17, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown

The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

December 17, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


We're a Nation of Laws

Torture is illegal. Period. End of debate. There is no legal, moral or probable justification for torture. It's against the Bill of Rights; it's against the Geneva Convention; it's against United Nations Convention Against Torture (ratified by the U.S. in 1994); it's against every state statute from every modern constitutional democracy and every decent and encouraging proposal coming from humanity in the last century.

December 16, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Is Being Selfish Really Such a Bad Thing?

Well over two years ago, a local public figure encouraged folks to give blood because it was the selfless thing to do.

December 16, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


It’s Not About Race

Remember Kelly Thomas?

December 14, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Divided We Fall: An Open Letter to America’s Working Families

They say there's been a recovery, but most of us haven't seen it. Our economy is creating more jobs, but they don't match the wages, benefits and working conditions of the ones we've lost. The stock market is at a historic high, but its gains seem eerily divorced from how the economy is actually performing. Unfortunately, it looks like just another speculative bubble.

December 14, 2014 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Health Insurance in Kansas: Are Premiums Increasing?

Recent reports have circulated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not treated Kansas well. Some point to the rise in premiums, or the fixed monthly costs you pay for health insurance, and that in Kansas, the rise in these premiums is more compared to the rest of the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the political nature of evaluating the success of the ACA, there is disagreement by analysts over the accuracy and the relevance of the numbers.

December 12, 2014 | Roberta Riportella, Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension | Columnists


Letter to the Next Generation

Dear boys,

December 12, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


My Comcast Grudge

A diverse group including concerned parents, sports fans and even the Writers Guild of America is fighting the proposed merger of media monoliths Time Warner and Comcast. The effort is spearheaded by the non-profit organization Public Knowledge, which claims the $45 billion merger would harm both the economy and our democracy.

December 12, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Questioning the Architect of Obamacare Deception

On Tuesday December 9, disgraced Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will face the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has a lot to answer for.

December 11, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2014

Hey guys, Will Durst here with your eagerly awaited Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2014.

December 11, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


A 2014 Gift of the Magi

A giant Manhattan penthouse and a summer home in the Hamptons. That was all. There was nothing Sabrina could do but plop onto her designer couch and cry.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


House Chooses New Cold War With Russia

Last week the US House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-Russia resolution so full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from chilliest era of the Cold War. Ironically, much of the bill condemns Russia for doing exactly what the US government has been doing for years in Syria and Ukraine!

December 10, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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Show Police the Respect They Deserve

Twenty-nine years ago this week, I graduated from law school. It's been almost three decades since I've been able to officially call myself ...

May 23, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It's Time to Put an End to Sanctuary Cities

To explain the unexplainable, a saying caught on generations ago: "It must be the water."

May 23, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Breaking news: we have new babies!!!

No, not those ... I mean BIRDIES!!!

May 21, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Bernie Supporters are an Embarrassment

This one's for all the "Bernie Bros" out there.

May 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump Loves the Taste of Bernie's Sour Grapes

In a column I wrote a couple months back, I listed five reasons why Donald Trump could actually win this election, to our everlasting national ...

May 21, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


New Defense Bill Will Boost War and Tyranny

For many of us concerned with liberty, the letters "NDAA" have come to symbolize Washington's ongoing effort to undermine the U.S. Constitution in ...

May 19, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Would President Hillary Clinton Spill Area 51 Secrets?

According to a May 11 United Press International news story, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised a radio interviewer that, if elected, she would release ...

May 19, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


'Party of Science' Flouts Biology on Gender Identity

Let me surprise you with the following statement: I sympathize with transgender individuals that they would prefer to use the bathroom of the gender they ...

May 18, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Should Corporations Sponsor National Parks?

Whether I was a preschooler hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a young adult spelunking in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave or a father ...

May 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Premium Handmade Cigars Go Up in Smoke

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has got me smoking mad.

May 17, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Liberalism: The Wolf on a Sled Dog Team

A wise Alaskan once said, "If you tie a wolf to a sled dog team, there will be lots of activity but no forward progress."

May 17, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


It's Time to Party

Of all the hype and nonsense in the presidential campaign - and there's an overwhelming amount of it - the biggest canard is that many Republicans ...

May 16, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump Still Needs the GOP

It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to

May 16, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Matt Keenan: Road crew job taught value of dollar — and A/C (from 2008)

Growing up, Larry Keenan didn't have a lot of rules. He didn't need them - a simple stare got his point across. But one ...

May 14, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


The Normalization of Trump Has Begun

On NBC News the other night, anchorman Lester Holt reported that Donald Trump was pivoting to a more presidential image. In the measured tones that ...

May 14, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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