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The Top Stories of 2016: You Saw Them Here First

This is not the year-end column I had intended to write.

January 03, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Time for the GOP to Divorce the Christian Right

It looks like Ted Cruz won't get a leg up on Donald Trump after all.

January 03, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


2016: What To Expect

It's hard to believe, but we're on the brink of another presidential election year. Let us pray. Every quadrennial, the American political process plays out as a big-top carnival sideshow featuring moral contortionists, ethical geeks and fat sweaty white guys teetering on slack media wires.

January 01, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


News Certain to Occur in 2016

Other than global warfare, politics, economics and fantasy sports, there really isn't much news to recap from 2015. So, looking ahead, here's a handy precap of news certain to occur in 2016.

January 01, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Establishment Republicans Cannot Be Trusted

Establishment Republicans gave Democrats a generous Christmas gift this year while at the same time stuffing conservatives' stockings with coal in the passage of the omnibus spending bill.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


The Temptation of Donald Trump

A respected political analyst is writing about a certain presidential candidate. See if you can identify the candidate.

December 31, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trumpy Christmas

Merry Trump.

December 30, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Free Speech Silver Lining in the Budget Cloud

The massive omnibus package of tax and spending changes recently passed by Congress was mostly a defeat for free-market economics. It extended expensive giveaways for the wind and solar industries, allowed President Obama to fund his Paris climate agreement, funded the president's aggressive regulatory agenda, and even green-lit his IMF reform.

December 30, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Helping Your Wife This Christmas

Instead of another depressing rant on how the political class is selling us down the river, I'm offering practical advice this week on how to remain in the wife's good graces and still get to watch all the football you want on Christmas or New Year's Day.

December 29, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


"A place for everything and everything in its place." That principle sound

"A place for everything and everything in its place."

December 29, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


#MediaResolutions

My personal New Year's resolutions are usually epic fails, so this year I'm making a dozen resolutions for the media, starting with...

December 27, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Paul Ryan Needs to Go

Republicans across the fruited plains are hopping mad at Paul Ryan.

December 27, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Do You See What I See?

What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?

December 24, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Merriment, Generosity Define Christmas

"I don't know why so many people get so bent out of shape at this time every year. I thought we were supposed to be merry."

December 24, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


‘The Candidates’ Holiday Traditions

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And a large part of what makes it so goldarn fabulous is the festive array of idiosyncratic traditions each family imprints on their holiday gene map like a candy cane tattoo on the soft flesh behind your knee.

December 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


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Merit-Based compassion

President Trump's vulgar language and racist views regarding immigration obfuscate serious debate over a key policy about which many reasonable people disagree.

January 18, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


iPhone Xcess

For my eldest and most expensive daughter's fifteenth birthday, she requested a new cell phone/adolescent life-support unit. Because my own cell phone was ...

January 18, 2018 | Jason Graves | Columnists


Ink-stained crusaders

Good journalism, even when practiced for profit, is a public service. Lately, however, top news organizations, frustrated by criticism from on high, have taken to ...

January 17, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


How to rent US citizenship for only 5 percent per month

The current controversy involving granting amnesty to approximately 800,000 Delayed Accountability for Contemptuous Aliens (DACA) is nowhere near the end of demands to appease ...

January 17, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump should say ‘No’ to Whirlpool plan to kill U.S. jobs

With healthcare reform in abeyance, tax reform done, and the White House starting to pivot toward immigration, is there still room for the trade agenda ...

January 16, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The GOP can’t get burnt on DACA deal

Everyone knows something has to be done for America's DACA kids.

January 16, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A new Russia story that’s largely been overlooked

As conflict and confusion on Capitol Hill continues to swirl around Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, and the salacious dossier, a new Russia story broke much ...

January 15, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


On immigration, Trump is rudderless

It was awesome this week to watch Donald Trump in action - or, more accurately, inaction.

January 15, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Sock it to me: ‘Laugh-In’ iturns 50

Am I excited about the upcoming (January 22) 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking NBC comedy-variety series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"?

January 13, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


My computer needs an attitude adjustment

We have new time clocks here at the Great Bend Tribune.

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


Jared Kushner is bad for Middle East peace

Diplomacy is not a transactional affair. This seems lost on self-proclaimed Middle East expert and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. The ever-increasing number of questionable business ...

January 11, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


A few 2018 predictions

Time for a few choice words for the not-so-dearly departed year of 2017. And those words are... "You sucked. Go away. Stay there. Keep it ...

January 11, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


The part-time presidency of Donald Trump

Note to self: When it's time to sit down and talk with my bosses about my next steps as an opinion editor and all-around-columnist ...

January 10, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Frigid winter SAD for Anti-Trumpers

Boy, it's cold across America.

January 10, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Protests in Iran require care and nuance

In the final days of 2017, protests erupted and quickly spread to cities across the country of Iran. More than a week later, a government ...

January 09, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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