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Deep in the Bowels of Password Hell

As the new year approaches, many of us in the dimly lit brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts who blow themselves blue encouraging we Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear on "Duck Dynasty." And you know what that means: time for one more slippery descent into the bowels of Password Hell.

December 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Time to Investigate Pearson in Texas

Thanks to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the charitable arm of testing giant Pearson will pay $7.7 million to end his investigation into whether it was illegally helping its for-profit parent company. This comes as a shock to Texans, where Pearson has an eye-popping $462-million testing contract, as opposed to New York where Pearson is only getting $32 million. The surprise isn't that a special interest cut corners at taxpayers expense but that a state attorney general can investigate it. It's simply not done here, but then again, why isn't Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ...

December 24, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Letter From the Front Lines of the War on Christmas

To All Americans in the World-

December 22, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Will Republicans ever learn?

Will they get their own house in order in time to take control of the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016?

December 22, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Antimicrobial Soap: Friend Or Foe?

If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to use more antimicrobial soap, your plans might be all washed up.

December 20, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Iowa Caucuses Will Not Elevate Paul Ryan to the Presidency

Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state's overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.

December 20, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


The Best and Worst of 2013

The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here's a best and worst list:

December 19, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Minimum Wage Hammers Youth

With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief that a significant number of families live on the minimum wage. Instead, the primary impact would be to exacerbate a crisis of youth unemployment spurred largely by the last minimum wage increase.

December 19, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Looking Forward this Christmas

I'm turning into my father.

December 18, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Liberals who Killed Jimmy Stewart

Like all certainties in life, rules in the Senate change. One of America's most glorified political theatrics, the filibuster, now only exists should the majority party choose.

December 17, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Memories of My Son’s First Christmas

(Editor Note: This Tyrades! column was originally published in December of 2004)

December 17, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Law change provides rural opportunity

For farm and ranch families across Kansas, adding flexibility to our agribusiness laws represents a unique opportunity to access new markets, to diversify operations and to attempt a new strategy to invigorate rural communities and offer young people a rural alternative.

December 15, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Columnists


The Truth About Ronald Reagan and South Africa

The whole world mourns Nelson Mandela. Rightly.

December 15, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Do You Hear What I Hear?

It was 73 and sunny, still two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the "holiday spirit." Then he played "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry - a song so old that it doesn't rouse spirits so much as it conjures ghosts of Christmas past.

December 15, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


2013: A Year of Ironies

If 2013 was a year of ups and downs, it was also a year peppered with ironies. Here are just a few:

December 13, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


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If Yesterday's News Came Today

One of my favorite movies is "Jurassic Park." Actually, that's not true. One of my 6-year-old nephew's favorite movies is "Jurassic Park," which ...

September 04, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Donald Trump and the River of Slime

All I really need to know about Donald Trump I learned from "Ghostbusters II." An undercurrent of hate and fear-a river of slime, if you ...

September 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Brightsides to the Perpetual Campaign

It's easy to tell the end of summer the year before a presidential election is nigh, because that bothersome quadrennial buzzing noise is back ...

September 03, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Blame the Fed for Stock Market Crash

Following Monday's historic stock market downturn, many politicians and so-called economic experts rushed to the microphones to explain why the market crashed and to ...

September 03, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Does Beach Crowding Mean People LIKE Warm Weather?

Using a new scientific breakthrough that measures the increase in Beryllium-10, researchers have discovered the Koch brothers are thousands of years older than previously thought ...

September 02, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Baseball's Botched Scoring

Here's how Major League Baseball logged the first play in a Giants-Cubs game the other night: "Kyle Schwarber doubles on a pop up to ...

September 02, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Will Joe Biden 'Feel the Tingle?'

The latest Joe Biden speculation basically falls into two categories: He's leaning toward a presidential bid (unless he isn't), and he's a ...

September 01, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump is All Talk

Donald Trump is the first talk radio candidate.

September 01, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


EPA: The Cure's Usually Worse Than the 'Disease'

Like the road to Hell, liberal ideas are usually paved with good intentions. But, as Ronald Reagan once said, "The trouble with our liberal friends ...

August 30, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


America's Heroin Epidemic

There were so many people buying "breakfast bags" of heroin from street dealers one Philadelphia morning, the traffic came to a standstill - and the dealers ...

August 30, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Reflections on CKMC and the passing of an era

Count me along with pretty much everyone else who is awash in nostalgia with the tear down of the Central Kansas Medical Center. Some readers ...

August 30, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Marble Poisoning

It's a race to the outside. Avoid the middle like the plague. The goal is to not be one with the pack. Even the ...

August 28, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


We Need an Exchange Program for Racial Integration

The best response to the Black Lives Matter movement is the one solution we're not considering: integration. Black and white Americans live largely separate ...

August 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


EPA Discovers Water Flows Downhill

Only the Obama administration, with it's special kind of incompetence, could turn a mine that's been closed for 92 years into an environmental ...

August 27, 2015 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


By Ron Paul What should be done with the estimated 15 million people living in the United States wi

What should be done with the estimated 15 million people living in the United States without the legal right to be here? It seems most ...

August 27, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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