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Who’s to blame for the shutdown?

"DEAR COLUMNIST: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say the government shutdown will last a long time, America will default on its debt and our economy and the world economy will nosedive. They say conservative Republicans are bullying the America political system and economy in way that doesn't fit with how democracy is defined in my history books. My father says President Barack Obama and the Democrats started it and want the government shut down and a default. Papa says 'If you see it on Fox News, read it on a conservative website, or if ...

October 11, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


There’s Nothing Wrong With Standing Up For Taxpayers

It was Cory Booker's constant sneering attack in the first New Jersey U.S. Senate debate - Steve Lonegan is a "tea party leader." What does that mean?

October 10, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Reasonable People Compromise

Reasonable people compromise. Unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way. And the government is shut down this chilly October day in 2013 because unreasonable Democrats behaving like spoiled children would rather refuse treatment to terminally ill children, ravage the economy, disparage veterans and make the rest of our lives miserable -- than compromise.

October 10, 2013 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Landowners get short end of stick

Dear Editor,

October 09, 2013 | Nick Grubbe | Columnists


Incomprehensible Sums

I remember when a billion used to be a number so big nobody could comprehend it, though it is still a massive number.

October 09, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Advice for Parents on Tantrums

The federal government shutdown has made me sick of politics. For a political columnist, this can be tricky, but taking a break from politics also offers an opportunity. This week, I thought I would write a column about what I've learned as a father of two spirited boys, and offer my advice on how to handle tantrums.

October 09, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Obamacare we go

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

October 08, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Showdown, Shutdown, Shakedown

Government's closed, everybody! Go home. Except Congress, that is, whose members are still getting paid, classified as "essential workers." Although right now, neither one of those words seems very apt or ept. Unapt and inept is more like it. Inapt? Unept?

October 08, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Needed: Blue-Collar Horse Sense

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcell

October 06, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Illegal Immigrant Lobby to Stage National Demand for Amnesty, Work Authorization

On October 5, as part of their ceaseless demand that Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform, illegal aliens and their advocates will hold a National Day of Dignity and Respect. Their goal is to achieve immediate legal status, with work authorization, and eventual citizenship. If successful, at least 11 million aliens would compete with Americans for the handful of available jobs.

October 06, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


ObamaCare and the Arrogance of Liberalism

Arrogance is like a cancer. Once it lodges itself in the heart and mind, there's not much you can do as it begins to permeate the entire body with an inordinate sense of self-worth, significance, and position.

October 04, 2013 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Size Matters

Q: Is the government too big and powerful? Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?

October 04, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Learning to Love Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz said he would go to Washington to change Washington. Well, he's done it. He's united Democrats and more than a few Senate Republicans in hatred of Texas' very junior senator and your new 2016 GOP frontrunner. But as much as Cruz sincerely drives me nuts, he might be the best thing that has happened to Democrats since the last big government shutdown.

October 03, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Recharges Good, Like A Cigarette Should???

This bonus column was originally published in August of 2010.

October 03, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Obama Tries Out the Clinton Two-Step

I only make predictions that are easy. That's why they come true. I have no formula.

October 02, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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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


Is Mankind Really Ready For Super Hearing?

Will I finally be better equipped to deal with the hordes of the Terminally Oblivious?

August 25, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


GOP Candidates: From Bad to Very Bad

I plead with all the writers, journalists, pundits, posters, commenters and tweeters of the nation: Please stop calling the Republican field a clown car. It ...

August 25, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Media Are Out to Get Everyone

Journalists pass a litmus test for fairness in covering politics when both parties hate their work.

August 23, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


It's Time to Take on Trump

Is Donald Trump the Republican Party's "Music Man"?

August 23, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Sorry Donald, Substance Trumps Style

Donald Trump's commanding lead in the polls is a solemn reminder that if we're not careful, another narcissistic good talker will be elected ...

August 21, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


A Defense of Stand Your Ground

What does it mean to stand your ground?

August 21, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


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