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Kafka in Texas

Denise Romano would make a lousy terrorist. She has a severe chronic refractory cough that causes her to pass out several times a day. She uses a walker so she has something to lean on when she gets one of her coughing fits. She can't drive. During the "people's filibuster," she let protestors use the parking space at her condo two blocks from the capitol. As much as she wanted to join the protests, her body just couldn't take it. Online activism was her only outlet.

August 07, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Are Pigs Smarter Than Dogs? And Should We Care?

My son Gideon, age nine, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom "Green Acres," which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.

August 04, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Evil Never Sleeps

Rush Limbaugh fielded a phone call the other day that even he couldn't answer.

August 04, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Change is like an old building

They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back. The little theater, a dancehall named Oscar's Palladium on North Second Street in Sargent, Neb., had once been the scene of shows on a Midwest vaudeville circuit, then dances featuring big bands such as Tommy Dorsey's, then early rockers. And then it closed.

August 02, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


From parole to the pre-season

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

August 02, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Summer Camp

Dear Mom and Dad, It's been less than a week since you dropped me off at summer camp. You better come get me 'cause I'm in big trouble. On my first day, I was feeling homesick. So I found a piece of wood and began carving it with my Swiss Army knife the way Daddy showed me. Well, one of the counselors yelled at me to "freeze." He took my knife, then patted me down. Then he marched me off to the camp director. The director said, who did I think I was bringing a lethal weapon, a ...

August 01, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Despite Increasing Poverty and Unemployment, Immigration Advocacy Continues

Paul Ryan, U. S. Representative, Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice-presidential candidate recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably." No one argues. During the fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson first promised to end poverty, the United States has wasted $15 trillion; 46 million Americans live in poverty and 15 million more receive food stamps than before the 2007 recession started. The complete story is worse than Ryan indicated. For every job that the White House claims to have created, two Americans have been added to the food stamp roles. Over the weekend ...

August 01, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Would you call that reality T.V.?

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

July 31, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


The Age(s) of Happiness

Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69.

July 31, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


7 Rows of 7 Stars

That's it. Over. Finished. Done with Florida. Consider our long-distance love affair officially at an end. This is not just about the recent verdict by six Sunshine Staters sanctioning the death of a young man for possessing Skittles out of season, or for inventing the whole "stand your ground" law in the first place, allowing all this to go down. A tipping point has been reached. No more verticality to be had.

July 30, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Honest Discussion Needed

Turn on the TV.

July 28, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Once a Weiner, Always a Weiner

The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his boney finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

July 28, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


My “David Cassidy” Hair

First-wave baby boomers will begin turning 67 this year - and they're STILL imposing their ways on younger people, such as tail-end boomers like me.

July 26, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Political Benefits of a Royal Baby

Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution. But this morning, with the arrival of The Royal Baby, I finally get it. The House of Windsor gives the British permission to ignore their political and economic woes, to escape from themselves.

July 26, 2013 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What’s in a name

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

July 25, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | 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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