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Facing the Music

My mother's birthday is New Year's Day. This year, Matt decided it would be fun to take her, my father and our family, to Molly B and the Squeezebox Band which were performing at the Rose Garden Hall in Hays. Knowing full well that Molly B is second only to Anacani and Lawrence Welk in my husband's mind, I rolled my eyes wondering if the offer was self-serving or a genuine heartfelt gesture. However, as I know my German-Catholic mother from Liebenthal loves polka music, I conceded that it was a great idea.

January 06, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists


Republicans Won. Now What?

What happens when the dog catches the car? Now that the Republicans control the Senate, will they continue to be the party of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories?

January 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Should Politicians Be Sworn in on the Bible?

Now that dust from the midterms has settled, thousands of politicians-elect are taking office. In the predictably rough climate of American politics, there is serious controversy.

January 04, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The Battle of New Orleans: The Bicentennial

Just a reminder: January 8 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, the last major encounter of The War of 1812.

January 04, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Get Ready for Terrorism on Soft Targets

Get ready for our already ugly and violent 21st century to be the century of soft targets for terrorists. The number of places where people feel safe will diminish as terrorists pick new venues to increase body counts -- and grab more of that new and mainstream media publicity that helps with recruitment.

January 04, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


The Gifts They Should’ve Gotten

Hey guys. Did this whole crazy holy daze madcap bedlam thing sneak up on you this year, making the world speed up like a maglev Bullet Train going downhill lit by a strobe, like it did us? There's a perfectly reasonable explanation.

January 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sony gets last laugh

The Sony hacking story is the gift that keeps on giving. It's got it all: cyber crime, international intrigue, political posturing - plus a tantalizing trove of corporate and celebrity gossip.

January 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Thanks North Korea

Thank you, North Korea. Your alleged cyber attack on Sony has, I hope, awakened the American people.

December 31, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Adios, Rick Perry

To me Rick Perry will always be the guy who screwed up my book deal.

December 31, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Never Take Gun Advice From a Liberal

What part of "Hey, Kids! Steal your parents' guns and bring them to school!" sounds like a bad idea?

December 30, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The Real Meaning of the 1914 Christmas Truce

One hundred years ago last week, on Christmas Eve, 1914, German and British soldiers emerged from the horrors of World War One trench warfare to greet each other, exchange food and gifts, and to wish each other a Merry Christmas. What we remember now as the "Christmas Truce" began with soldiers singing Christmas carols together from in the trenches. Eventually the two sides climbed out of the trenches and met in person. In the course of this two day truce, which lasted until December 26, 1914, the two sides also exchanged prisoners, buried their dead, and even played soccer with ...

December 30, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


2015 Some Near-Sure Bets For The New Year

Sure, we humans like to think of a new year as a blank slate; but deep down we know that history repeats itself. We know that along with the unexpected revelations and unpredictable fads, 2015 will bring us more NFL rap sheets, Facebook privacy settings reconfigurations, fracking debates, "stand somebody else's ground" military actions, sighs over a "do nothing" Congress, major retailer security breaches and warnings of a comet that may or may not strike in 37 years.

December 28, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Who Cares About America?

We stand at the brink of a new year. Our country will enter it in social, economic, and racial upheaval unlike any other since the late 1960s. These days, who really cares about America?

December 28, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Praying for a White Christmas

The snow started coming down hard a few hours after we'd arrived.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Empty Seats At The Christmas Table

I'm writing one of my infrequent serious columns, because I realize there is more to Christmas than non-stop holly jolly mirth.

December 26, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


Don't Reform the Fed, Fed-Exit!

Opponents of a central bank should take advantage of the post-Brexit vote revival of secessionist sentiments to promote a secession from central banking, or "Fed-exit ...

July 21, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Coast-to-Coast, Thousands Line Up for Jobs

Between today and November, political incumbents and their challengers will make a lot of promises to disgruntled voters. One of the most often repeated will ...

July 21, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Late-Night Comedians on Trump & Clinton

This presidential campaign is the nuttiest in my lifetime but at least America is maintaining its sense of humor.

July 20, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What I Brought With Me to the Republican National Convention

The national political conventions are a lot like professional wrestling. Sure, we know what's going to happen, but every four years, it's fun ...

July 20, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


In Wake of Baton Rouge, Like Lives, All Words Matter

When we sow the wind, we should not be surprised when we reap a whirlwind.

July 19, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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