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Mainstream Media's Bias

Apparently, integrity and critical thinking are not qualities found in today's mainstream media.

November 04, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Is This The Secret To A Happy Marriage?

"Baby, you're the greatest!"

November 03, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


How Many Betrayals Before the GOP Base Revolts

If the Democrat establishment operated like the Republican establishment, the most important advantage Hillary Clinton gains from avoiding a shotgun primary with Joe Biden is the ability to start flip-flopping early in an attempt to attract Republicans.

November 03, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Primary Losers

Donald Trump did not dominate the debate stage in his usual way.

November 01, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A New Planned Parenthood Committee!

Fresh from their triumphant deep dive into Benghazi, House Republicans have announced Friday they've created another Special committee, this time to - of course - Planned Parenthood. I kid you not! And since the 2016 election is so clearly on their minds, perhaps they'll summon their favorite star witness. Just imagine...

November 01, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


No Sugarcoating Paul Ryan's History on Immigration

Paul Ryan stands in the news once again. This time, attention is centered on his quest to become U.S. House Speaker. Two years ago, he stood somewhere else; with fellow congressman Luis Gutierrez at a Chicago rally.

October 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Small But Real IRS Reform That Must Pass

President Obama's Department of Justice has made it official: Lois Lerner, the IRS executive who invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating herself when questioned about her role in targeting conservative groups, will face no criminal charges. Worse, even the one IRS reform that enjoys broad bipartisan support in Congress - a ban on the IRS trying to assess gift tax on contributions to non-profit organizations, which they infamously attempted against conservative donors - has stalled in the Senate after passing the House unanimously early in the year. It should be included in one of the must-pass bills expected to pass ...

October 30, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Missing the Real Problem on Benghazi

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to appear before a select committee looking into the attack on a US facility in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. The attack left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.

October 29, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Frequently Asked Questions: Benghazi Hearings Edition

Q. Isn't Benghazi the guy who used to pal around with John Cassavetes back in the 60s?

October 29, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Benghazi Game Lost Before it Began

Here's some free advice for congressional Republicans. If you don't want to make it seem like you're focusing on Hillary Clinton, it's a bad idea to put her in front of television cameras for 11 hours. The Benghazi hearing was a failure as both a show trial and as an example of representative democracy, succeeding only as a showcase for a woman of epic patience if nothing else.

October 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Why We Must Hold Fast To The First Amendment

In the biography, "Churchill: A Life," author Martin Gilbert writes how Winston Churchill loudly voiced his grave concerns about the apathy shared by those seemingly impervious to the malevolent "National Socialism" movement's intention to steam through Europe like volcanic lava, destroying everything in its path including free speech.

October 28, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Media Not Interested in Obamacare Disaster

Subdued by distracting media elites chattering about Joe Biden's non-campaign for president, behind the curtain of the alleged "debacle" and "catastrophic dysfunction" of the Republican House Speaker race and swept under the carpet embroidered with the words, "Trump Says Bush Responsible for 9/11," is news that should be dominating newspaper front pages across the country.

October 27, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Angry Hillary Hates All Conservatives

I can pinpoint the precise moment when I realized that Hillary Clinton was as toxic as an old Superfund wastesites - about three quarters of the way through the Democratic debate.

October 27, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It's Choosing Time for the GOP

Maybe Joe took my advice.

October 25, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Russia Is Worried About Obama's America

"Beware Greeks bearing gifts" was a handy rule-of-thumb for savvy governments in the ancient Mediterranean world. Troy's disastrous experience with Odysseus' wooden horse ruined the going-away-gift tradition for centuries.

October 25, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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Reflections on hospitals and caregivers

This week's column is difficult for me to write. However, I wish to dedicate this week to every grieved family in America. You see ...

January 20, 2018 | By Judi Tabler guest columnist | Columnists


One year in, Trump remains his own worst enemy

When it came to a recent column about President Donald Trump's preference for "executive time" that includes a healthy dose of cable news viewing ...

January 20, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Washington is my only hope against Girl Scout cookies

I'm on a diet - a miserable diet just as millions of Americans are during January every year. And to be successful, I want the ...

January 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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


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