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Gun control starts at home

President Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.

March 06, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The NRA is on the run

For all of those who thought they'd never witness it, it appears the National Rifle Association is on the run.

March 05, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Keeping kids safe, and out of prison

A compassionate program designed to keep youngsters out of the criminal justice system was implemented five years ago in Broward County, Florida - the very county where 17 people died Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

March 05, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Congress should make relief permanent

The first year of the Trump administration saw remarkable accomplishments on both tax and regulatory relief, with fundamental tax reform for the first time in decades and the massive regulatory onslaught of the Obama years stopped and reversed. With wages rising and the economy strengthening, the most important priority for Congress in 2018 should be to lock in these historic accomplishments.

March 03, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The cafeteria lady is packing heat

President Donald Trump tossed out some wacky nonsense about arming teachers, which encouraged the press and public to go nuts debating this ludicrous suggestion, totally ignoring commonsense remedies like banning civilians from purchasing weapons whose sole function is to kill the most people in the shortest time possible. The man is not as dumb as he looks, which at last count was considerable.

March 03, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


One Republican Senator setting a good example

Sen. Pat Toomey is my hero. Last week, the Pennsylvania Republican outdid himself in refusing to make people happy. Instead, he did what he needed to do: the right thing.

March 03, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


America’s farmers work doubly hard for the money

In my 19 years of working for a farmers cooperative, I've seen all types of farmers and ranchers.

March 01, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


So long, foods of my 1970s childhood

The Wall Street Journal article made me both hungry and wistful.

March 01, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


More love, not gun control

We live in a country where liberals are constantly working to get rid of things that were once sacred to America.

February 28, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A lifetime commitment to cancer prevention

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, about 1.7 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018, with 15,400 diagnoses in Kansas alone. While we have no cure to the disease, many of these cancer cases are preventable. Having been married to a physician for 34 years and gone to nursing school myself, I cannot stress enough how important it is to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Consider the big picture: by making time to exercise more, quitting smoking and eating better you have the power to reduce your risk of cancer.

February 27, 2018 | Laina Marshall | Columnists


Advocacy billboards spread beyond ‘Missouri’

CHICAGO - Along Interstate 294 a billboard campaign was launched this week to educate people about the hijab headscarf that's frequently worn by Muslim women.

February 27, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Support the Kids, fight the conspiracy theorists

In the aftermath of a horrific school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, something at once sad, hopeful, and quintessentially American took shape after the tragedy: citizens, moved to action by a wrong they saw and experienced firsthand in their society, were catapulted onto the national stage as they decided to take action by demanding change from their elected lawmakers.

February 26, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Are you excited about rock ‘n’ roll farewell tours?

I think I jinxed myself when I told my wife that Neil Diamond was one of the few singers I might actually go to the trouble of seeing in concert.

February 26, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


After Hurricane Maria, a catch-22 for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on September 20, 2017, devastated Puerto Rico, and has created a Catch-22. Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island in the thousands, bound mainly for Florida, New York and Illinois where family and friends will embrace them. For departing Puerto Ricans, this is a bittersweet time. Leaving their beloved island is hard but born of necessity. For many, everything was lost - about 500,000 houses, cars and all earthly possessions - a "catastrophic event," rarer than a disaster, according to University of Delaware sociology professor Tricia Wachtendorf, a catastrophe relief expert.

February 24, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Team Trump’s problem with security clearances

Then-candidate Trump's race for president was erratic and unfocused, bouncing from controversy to controversy and digging in on new arguments and issues every day. Yet throughout the cacophony, he had one line that always stayed consistent: Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, had committed a grave offense in her failure to properly manage classified information at the State Department.

February 24, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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President Donald has a farm

President Trump's latest assault on undocumented aliens reached a new low last week when he said, "These aren't people, these are animals."

May 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Obscure federal program displaces workers

The federal government has created yet another immigration employment hurdle for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers, according to a new report.

May 23, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The evolving American prom

The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What if Obamacare sold homeowner’s insurance?

If homeowner's insurance worked like Obamacare, in no time at all homelessness would be a viable option for residents trying to lower their insurance ...

May 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Democrats fail, yet again, to check Trump’s nominees

President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, has been approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A full vote in the ...

May 21, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


They hate, Trump wins

Donald Trump's many enemies are becoming more and more frustrated.

May 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Farm bill should reform more than food stamps

Republicans are set to move landmark welfare reform in this year's farm bill, which includes language requiring able-bodied adults to work or participate in ...

May 19, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Are you suffering from funeral fatigue?

"Tell me something GOOD."

May 19, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Longing for the old, wooden 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 ...

May 17, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Keep the government out of the energy marketplace

Over almost the entire course of the Obama presidency, congressional conservatives battled with the administration over the subsidies that were such an important part of ...

May 17, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Wider consequences of pulling out from Iran Deal

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called 'the Iran Deal,' has gained us nothing ...

May 16, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Feds sanction slave labor, 21st century style

"With President Trump, you never know." Those were the exact words a U.S. Senate legislative aide said to me when we were talking about ...

May 15, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The deal with Singapore

So Donald Trump has a date with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

May 15, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Is your town bribing new residents?

The fact that the U.S. unemployment rate is at a 17-year low does have a downside.

May 14, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Many, many more questions for Trump

Robert Mueller has many questions for the president. The New York Times released a list of 49 for which Donald Trump hopefully has answers that ...

May 14, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


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