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What Happened to Politicians Like Arlen Specter?

Last month, the third anniversary of a man's death came and went without much - if any - public attention.

December 01, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


How Many Turkeys Died for your Dinner?

We've spent such a large portion of the past year cringing at the prospect of potential disasters crouching behind every bush: ISIS, Putin, Trump, Belicheck, lion-killing dentists, that a national holiday right about now is a blessed respite. For one 24-hour period, the whole country can focus on something benign. Unless, you're a Black Friday shopper. But those are self-inflicted injuries.

December 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Who Should Pay For the Syrian Refugees?

Last week Congress dealt a blow to President Obama's plan to resettle 10,000 Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland. On a vote of 289-137, including 47 Democrats, the House voted to require the FBI to closely vet any applicant from Syria and to guarantee that none of them pose a threat to the US. Effectively this will shut down the program.

November 29, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Lots to Be Thankful For

Do you realize we've been giving thanks for almost 400 years?"

November 29, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Suspected Terrorists in America are Free to Buy Guns

Now that congressional Republicans and roughly 50 cowered Democratic colleagues have passed a panicky bill to impede the entry of Syrian refugees, I think it's time to pause for a reality check.

November 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Both Sides Half Right on Refugees

I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my conservative friends raise their eyebrows whenever I champion any form of legalization.

November 27, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Hillary Clinton, Wall Street’s Candidate

Wall Street crony Hillary Clinton's scandalous attempt to redefine her support of and by the top 1 percent is being met with revulsion from liberals and "I told you so' from main street conservatives.

November 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Giving Thanks

It's almost Thanksgiving. The fireplace inside crackles while the snow outside falls, painting an exceptionally-Alaskan scene as I write. It's also a reminder this is the time of year I receive correspondence from thoughtful people asking how a particular American hero, a man who gave up his youth to serve this great nation under four presidents, is doing. He's home this year, so I'll be sure to mention your regards to him as we gather around the Thanksgiving table.

November 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Talk Is Cheap, Foul Language Is Worthless

You don't need to be a genius to recognize that John Oliver is doing some remarkably effective journalism on his weekly HBO series, laced with humor yet addressing with surprising insight many pressing social and political issues. And you need not be a prude to dislike the way Oliver continually degrades his own efforts with unnecessary foul language.

November 25, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Time For Obama to Back Ted Cruz?

In her memoir published this summer, Claire McCaskill recounts how she confounded political observers who assumed she would lose reelection to the U.S. Senate in right-of-center-leaning Missouri. In order to do that, she poured nearly $2 million of her campaign war chest into an ad blitz designed to elevate the most extreme, right wing candidate among the Republicans seeking to challenge her in the general election.

November 25, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists


The Dysfunctional Iowa Caucuses

As the Iowa caucuses draw near, we should take a close look at how the Hawkeye State runs its presidential nominating system.

November 24, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Time for Obama to Reverse Refugee Plan

Across America, the prospect of resettling as many as 10,000 Syrians has put citizens on edge. The Paris massacre and related events-ISIS' bombing of a Russian commercial airliner, the Beirut suicide bombers who killed 43, Germany's emergency evacuation of a soccer stadium prior to a game that Chancellor Angela Merkel was scheduled to attend, and diverted Paris-bound flights-has made the nation skeptical about President Obama's terrorism strategy.

November 24, 2015 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Winners, Losers and Leaders

President Obama's reaction to the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris has been strange - and disturbing.

November 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


GOP Islamophobia is Back With a Vengeance

What a surprise. In the aftermath of Paris, Republicans have rediscovered one of their favorite illnesses, Islamophobia. Painting with a predictably broad brush, Marco Rubio compares Muslims to Nazis. Donald Trump talks about shuttering mosques. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush want to ban all Syrian refugees who are Muslim, and admit only those who are Christian.

November 22, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The Nun’s Bazaar: a post script

This week's column will be a short one. I'm just too tired to write very much. You see, last weekend was the Dominican Sisters of Peace bazaar. I was there. Twice. We had a plan that we thought was carefully orchestrated. My entourage was going to arrive at the convent at 7:30 and beat the losers who drive from Ellinwood, Hoisington and Stafford. We expected the crowd to be thin. After all this wasn't just any Saturday morning. It was the start of Pheasant season, which means every grown man and most of their kids were ...

November 22, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


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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


Steve Bannon’s spontaneous combustion

It's been said that death was a good career move for Elvis. It remains to be seen if Steve Bannon's Watch-Me-Burn-Down-My-Career Tour will ...

January 09, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Calling out Congress

Didn't we turn over a new leaf in 2018?

January 08, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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