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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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Hillary’s done her fair share of lying, too

Without trust, can there be any real relationship?

September 29, 2016 | BY JOSEPH COTTO | Columnists


Holt’s great divide

As a syndicated newspaper columnist, a Clinton supporter, and one who teaches journalism to high school students, I was taken aback by reaction to – and ...

September 29, 2016 | BY PETER FUNT | Columnists


Debunking the newspapers are dying idea

Imagine waking up in a world without newspapers. "Ha!" You say, "I haven't gotten a newspaper in years." But I'm not talking about ...

September 29, 2016 | David Chavern | Columnists


Power of the press is in being the Way to Know for news consumers

The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to ...

September 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


As a Journalist, Holt Stumbled Badly

Before taking his seat at Monday night's presidential debate, Lester Holt confided to the audience in the hall that his knees were shaking. Ninety ...

September 28, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Wells Fargo or the Federal Reserve: Who’s the Bigger Fraud?

The Wells Fargo bank account scandal took center stage in the news last week and in all likelihood will continue to make headlines for many ...

September 28, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The Comeback of Cursive

Get this: After many schools have phased out cursive writing lessons across America, more schools are bringing the lessons back.

September 27, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


October Surprises

Something craven infects political candidates as the days dwindle down to a precious few, especially when prospects for victory appear slimmer than an emaciated giraffe ...

September 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Let Trump Be Trump

For months we've been hearing complaints from the pundits that Donald Trump has not given us a clear idea about how he plans to ...

September 26, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Political Reporters are Still Ignoring Clinton

Hiding behind the shiny objects fascinating so-called journalists this week, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have actually spoken of policies that could affect your life ...

September 26, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Charlotte Protesters Aren't Patriots, They're Criminals

After watching the city of Charlotte go up in flames this week, I took to Facebook with this:

September 26, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


No, You're Not Going to be Killed by a Refugee

You know what the great thing about Skittles is?

September 24, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Parenting With Precision: Are We There Yet?

"I wish I'd found you 10 or 12 years ago!"

September 24, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Life Lessons from our dogs: the Leawood Doggie Dunk

Anyone who has read Willie Morris' book "My Dog Skip" or seen the movie of the same name falls into one of two categories: the ...

September 24, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


12 Hours of Terror: Just Another Weekend in Leftist-run America

We live in a country run by people who tell us that if a man puts on a dress and says he's a woman ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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