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Trump Drags the Republicans Back to 9/11

Kudos to Donald Trump for performing a valuable public service. I kid you not.

October 23, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Could Medicare be Obamacare's Savior?

Like it or not, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Whether or not it will prove to protect patients and facilitate affordable medical care is another story.

October 23, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Can The Experts Rescue Halloween?

According to the National Retail Foundation, Americans will spend $6.9 billion on Halloween this year. To the untrained observer, that sounds as if the autumn celebration will be around forever; but I am concerned for the long-term health of the holiday.

October 22, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

After watching the first Democrat Party presidential debate, one can understand why the Democrat National Committee [DNC] has chosen to limit their presidential debates to just six.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Politically Correct Halloween Costumes

"The wife keeps shooting down my Halloween costume ideas because she says they are too insensitive."

October 21, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Red Meat vs Creme Brulee

If the disappointment of everyone expecting fireworks at the first Democratic debate exhibited itself as perspiration, we could declare the California drought over. A few soggy matches might have been lit but that was it. Heavy on the smoke, non-existent on the flame.

October 21, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Defining Courage

Courage is a word that means different things to different people. It's like Rashomon, the story that changed every time it was retold through a different perspective.

October 20, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Political Correctness Run Amok

Across America, shameful school officials are still banning students from honoring their family members' patriotism and service in the military.

October 20, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Central Kansas Medical Center Candy Stripers: The way we were

The call came as I was walking out the front door of our house. "Are you finished with that hospital column?" It was my sister Kate, calling from Wichita. She had just reviewed my draft column. "Yeah, pretty much," I told her. "You can't run it yet. You need to make some changes. We weren't Candy Strippers. That's how it reads. We were Candy Stripers."

October 18, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Hey Democrats, What About Congress?

Presidential candidates typically try to sell themselves as superheroes whose powers will magically cure our national ills. Rarely do they remind us that power is widely dispersed in our federal system, and that presidents are compelled to share it with the typically disputatious members of Congress.

October 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Banana Republicans Take Charge

To paraphrase former Speaker Sam Rayburn, Republicans have proven they can knock down a barn. In the aftermath of John Boehner's resignation and Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal, now they have to find among their number a carpenter who can rebuild the House. Until then, our Congress is being held hostage by Banana Republicans with a bad case of electoral dysfunction.

October 18, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Who Exactly is a 'Real' American?

These days, it can be very difficult to determine what makes someone a "real American." In years past, there were clear answers, most of which revolved around notions of individual rights, economic freedom, and Anglo-based societal values.

October 16, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Pampered College Nitwits

Too many college-age kids are unable to care for their most basic needs, which doesn't bode well for my future.

October 16, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The GOP's Best Email Offer

The National Lampoon once put out a boxed set of radio programs with a jarring cover photo and the title, "Buy this Box or We'll Shoot this Dog."

October 15, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Don't Let Social Media Ruin Your Self-Esteem

Over the past few weeks, I've gotten to the point where I wanted to just leave Facebook behind. I have a fairly light social media footprint when it comes to Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. But I do hang out in the Facebook precincts on a fairly regular basis, so fairly regular that my boss has occasionally asked me how I'm enjoying retirement.

October 15, 2015 | Christine Flowers | 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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