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Politically Correct Halloween Costumes

"The wife keeps shooting down my Halloween costume ideas because she says they are too insensitive."

October 21, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Red Meat vs Creme Brulee

If the disappointment of everyone expecting fireworks at the first Democratic debate exhibited itself as perspiration, we could declare the California drought over. A few soggy matches might have been lit but that was it. Heavy on the smoke, non-existent on the flame.

October 21, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Defining Courage

Courage is a word that means different things to different people. It's like Rashomon, the story that changed every time it was retold through a different perspective.

October 20, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Political Correctness Run Amok

Across America, shameful school officials are still banning students from honoring their family members' patriotism and service in the military.

October 20, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Central Kansas Medical Center Candy Stripers: The way we were

The call came as I was walking out the front door of our house. "Are you finished with that hospital column?" It was my sister Kate, calling from Wichita. She had just reviewed my draft column. "Yeah, pretty much," I told her. "You can't run it yet. You need to make some changes. We weren't Candy Strippers. That's how it reads. We were Candy Stripers."

October 18, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Hey Democrats, What About Congress?

Presidential candidates typically try to sell themselves as superheroes whose powers will magically cure our national ills. Rarely do they remind us that power is widely dispersed in our federal system, and that presidents are compelled to share it with the typically disputatious members of Congress.

October 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Banana Republicans Take Charge

To paraphrase former Speaker Sam Rayburn, Republicans have proven they can knock down a barn. In the aftermath of John Boehner's resignation and Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal, now they have to find among their number a carpenter who can rebuild the House. Until then, our Congress is being held hostage by Banana Republicans with a bad case of electoral dysfunction.

October 18, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Who Exactly is a 'Real' American?

These days, it can be very difficult to determine what makes someone a "real American." In years past, there were clear answers, most of which revolved around notions of individual rights, economic freedom, and Anglo-based societal values.

October 16, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Pampered College Nitwits

Too many college-age kids are unable to care for their most basic needs, which doesn't bode well for my future.

October 16, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The GOP's Best Email Offer

The National Lampoon once put out a boxed set of radio programs with a jarring cover photo and the title, "Buy this Box or We'll Shoot this Dog."

October 15, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Don't Let Social Media Ruin Your Self-Esteem

Over the past few weeks, I've gotten to the point where I wanted to just leave Facebook behind. I have a fairly light social media footprint when it comes to Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. But I do hang out in the Facebook precincts on a fairly regular basis, so fairly regular that my boss has occasionally asked me how I'm enjoying retirement.

October 15, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The Scandalous Suppression of Gun Violence Research

In the midst of President Obama's denunciation of gun violence - if you've lost track, the latest massacre was on Friday - he lamented Washington's ongoing inertia and said that, in fact, "we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially prevent gun deaths."

October 14, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


TP'ing the Trans Pacific Partnership

It's been awfully fun to watch the different branches of government quiver like Aspen trees in a force 5 tornado arguing the pros and cons of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. The TPP is either an environmental travesty designed to set the union movement back 100 years, or the spine of the Pacific Rim's economic pushback against China. Depends on who you talk to. One or the other: nothing in between. It's two cliffs and a gorge.

October 14, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


In California, a Right to Die

Imagine looking in a mirror and seeing the target of the euthanasia movement.

October 13, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Politics Without Passion

Many Democrats are tied in knots over the presidential campaign, afraid not just of saying the wrong thing but even thinking it.

October 13, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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Trump's Team Masks the Issues

The word of the day for Republicans is "unmask."

March 23, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


You're Allowed to Feel Bad for Sean Spicer

It's difficult to not sympathize with presidential press secretary Sean Spicer.

March 23, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Trump’s March Madness continues

The entire nation is transfixed like a litter of kittens in front of a fishbowl of hyperactive minnows as the screwy shenanigans known as March ...

March 22, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


What about Hillary’s Russia connections?

Wait. Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak also met with members of Hillary's campaign?

March 21, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Protect American interests by getting tough on China

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised the American people over and over that if elected, he was going to be the one who ...

March 21, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Make the Democrats Own Obamacare

At my age I'm pretty sure I don't need maternity care.

March 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Climate Change Doesn't Affect NWS Forecasts

How long would firemen remain the nation's genial mascot if they forced you to move into a hotel for a few days because you ...

March 20, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Hypocrisy when it comes to the Bidens and religion

If you are human, then at some point in your life you will suffer through a moment of hypocrisy. In fact, you'll probably have ...

March 18, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Trumpcare: Helping the rich, stiffing the poor

It's taken seven years, but Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration are finally having their "If you like your health-care plan you can keep ...

March 18, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump is the Picasso of Hogwash

The English language has a healthy share of euphemisms for lying. Fabrication. Falsification. Making stuff up. Inoperative statements. Alternative facts. Big fat fibs. Untruths. Puffery ...

March 16, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Needed this St. Patrick’s Day — Ronald Reagan

It was on St. Patrick's Day 1988 when an unexpected visitor arrived at Pat Troy's Irish pub in Alexandria, Va. - President Ronald Reagan ...

March 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Don’t be so quick to laugh at Trump’s wiretap claims

Trump said, "wiretap."

March 15, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


We can use a little Irish humor now

Thank goodness St. Patrick's Day is upon us. Our country is in need of some Irish humor about now.

March 15, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


GOP replaces Obama meddling with Ryan meddling

Freshman Rep. Moira Walsh had an unusual explanation for some of the bad lawmaking in her state capital during an interview on Rhode Island's ...

March 15, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


R&R is like making American sausage

Sausage is being made in Washington.

March 15, 2017 | | Columnists


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