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The Bike Jump

Norman Rapp's dad saved my life that day.

January 24, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Where Common Ground Begins

"It's no wonder many Americans are uneasy about the way President Obama is growing our government and eroding our liberties. Aren't most Americans conservative?"

January 23, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Can Obama Overcome These NRA Shibboleths?

My dictionary defines a "shibboleth" as a "saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning." In response to the latest mass gun murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has trotted out its usual shibboleths.

January 23, 2013 | Jan Ting | Columnists


A Sea Change in the Firearms Debate

In August 1925, The New York Times estimated 50,000 – 60,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan marched in a parade in our nation's capital. It was a huge public display of the once-secret group. H.L. Mencken called it "a full mile of Klansmen and their ladies." The man sitting in the White House, Calvin Coolidge, was a member of the Klan. The president before him, Warren Harding, was also a noted Klansman. The fraternity preaching pure "100 percent Americanism" (anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, anti-non-white) boasted of five million members – nearly 15 percent of the population in the ...

January 22, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Obama Ignores the Rational Answer

What do Al Hunt of Bloomberg News, David Gregory of "Meet the Press" and President Obama have in common -- besides their liberal politics? They all send their kids to Sidwell Friends School.

January 20, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


School Choice in Texas: Subjecting Students to the Whims of Wall Street

About a quarter of the kids in the San Antonio school district attend charter schools. Most are the low-income, minority students we think about when we imagine providing innovative opportunities for kids stuck in failing public schools in bad neighborhoods. For a long time, school reform has targeted only kids from poor families. You know, the lucky ones who get those free lunches.

January 20, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Internet’s Child Aaron Swartz Becomes Collateral Damage

FONTANA, Ca. -- It was April 9, 2005 when I met the young person who impressed me so much I'd talk about him for 7 years. I was moderating a panel discussion of bloggers at Stanford University on "eDemocracy: The Role of blogs and Online Activists in 2004" The young person: 19-year-old Aaron Swartz.

January 18, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Fussing Over the Distaff Staff

Washington's latest kerfuffle, at a time when political kerfuffling is epidemic, concerns the number of women in President Obama's inner circle. Some say there are too few.

January 18, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Putting a ‘spin’ on doping

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

January 17, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Exclusive Excerpt: The 1970s Stereo Console

It sat in my parents' dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It filled my childhood with a harmony and clarity we could use lots more of about now.

January 17, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Lessons from the 1940 Census

My great-grandmother Jane Purcell had a wonderfully full life. Part of her story is revealed in the 1940 U.S. Census, which the National Archives and Records Administration made available online to the public in 2012 at 1940census.archives.gov .

January 16, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Zero Dark Thirty: A War We Didn’t Lose, But Also Didn’t Win

I was all set not to like "Zero Dark Thirty." I judged director Kathryn Bigelow an enemy of truth and justice for depicting torture as a necessary evil to find Osama bin Laden. When I walked into the screening, I was ready to hate "Zero Dark Thirty" as revisionist conservative propaganda.

January 16, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


So, Lincoln was a Republican, eh?

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

January 15, 2013 | | Columnists


2013 Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Resolutions

Okay. Bent over. Hands on knees. Breathing hard. Whew. Made it. "Pant. Pant." For a while there, didn't seem like it'd ever happen, but somehow we mercifully staggered across the annum finish line, finally placing 2012 irrevocably in the rear-view mirror. Make no mistake, the political climate is still volatile. Rash. Mad. Loud. Pulsating forehead vein above arcing spray of spittle loud. And the double-crossing chicanery hasn't mellowed a bit of a spot of an iota from the fever pitch of last year's quadrennial heights.

January 15, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Unlike Romnesia, Obamasterics a Serious Malady

During the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama coined a catchy phrase to describe all the flip-flops in which his opponent had allegedly engaged during the course of his career. On virtually every issue, from health care to abortion, from taxes to so-called pay equity, from welfare to gun control, Obama said the GOP nominee suffered from "Romnesia."

January 13, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


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Department of Homeland Security: What is it Good For

Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama's executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill.

March 05, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Giuliani a Reflection of Everyday Republicans

Things have gone quiet about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's widely denounced comments about President Barack Obama, but that doesn't mean the controversy is history.

March 05, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace

After huddling with his war council in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says we've got the "ingredients of the strategy" to achieve a "lasting defeat" over ISIS. Some Senate Republicans claim that ISIS is going to kill us all in our sleep even as the U.S.-led coalition has the Islamic State forces playing defense for a change, but killing bad guys is the relatively easy part. As we learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, the hard part is to win a peace that can last, and the strategy Carter outlined last week seems like a smart way to ...

March 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Message. Message. Who's Got the Message?

Don't look now, but the Democratic Party is undergoing an identity crisis of such monumental proportions, the Dissociative Identity Disorder people have called and are requesting artifacts for their Hall of Fame. They're going to put Obama's basketball hoop right next to Sally Field's purple crayon.

March 04, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Secret Benefits to Stupid Comments

An offensively stupid comment by influential and presumably smart people sometimes brings awareness to a subject that would otherwise be largely ignored.

March 03, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Olbermann: The Once and Former King

Keith Olbermann should be used to this by now. Two-bit, Class B second tier provocateurs can't be terribly surprised when they're disciplined for the umpteenth time. They thrive on reaction, court controversy and have a masterful way of turning justified castigation into unjustified persecution. Among this motley crew of the mediocre, Olbermann used to be king.

March 03, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Altruism No Substitute for Helping Yourself

We like to be kind to other people.

March 01, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump's in the Clown Car

Well, the joke's on us. Remember during the recent "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special when Sarah Palin conducted a faux Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld? It went like this:

March 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Justice Selection

Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many "things Texan." For example, they acclaim Governor Rick Perry's conservative leadership and praise Texas' lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas' system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

February 27, 2015 | Lawton Nuss | Columnists


Snow's Silver Lining

I admit it: I love the snow and the cold.

February 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Big Government and Fat Taxes

How much should the government fine people whose children are deemed by (some) well-meaning bureaucrats as "obese?"

February 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Interventionism Kills: Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by U.S. and European governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.

February 26, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Time for a Real Conversation About War

My oldest son is handsome, smart, and, in the words of my old boss Ann Richards, very nearly perfect. I love him boundlessly, so it hurts me to know that his homeland has been at war for every single day of his life except for a few months in 2001 when he couldn't yet crawl. Now he's shaving, and for the first time in his life he might get to witness a real discussion about going to war.

February 25, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Up Is Down

I'd advise you to sit down, pour yourself a beer and take a deep breath. You're about to hear something that will change your life. Forever. Are you relaxed?

February 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Are You Dying To Write Your Own Obituary?

Are you an unsung hero? Do those you encounter not appreciate the "real" you? Must you always having the last word?

February 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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