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Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs

If you're frustrated by the skimpiness of "fun-size" candy, wait until you hear some "fun-size" songs.

August 17, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

US Needs Truth & Reconciliation

Men might be from Mars and women from Venus, but at least we're in the same solar system. When it comes to politics, liberals and conservatives can't agree on what the problems are much less solutions. We can blame the politicians for not making progress on the big issues of our time, but until Americans share a common truth about what those issues are we won't move an inch.

August 17, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

A Big New Tax Coming to Your Internet Bill

Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on November 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can't use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It's a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.

August 15, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Ebola Ignorance and the Marketing of Fear

It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency - and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps.

August 15, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Expect Less, Be Happy

Get this: Low expectations are the key to happiness.

August 14, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Testing a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable

The problem with a lie-even one that everyone agrees with-is that eventually you can't ignore the truth. Enron can't paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.

August 14, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

The Slacker Congress

More fun than fourteen barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla. And really, who can blame them. Anybody who's ever spent a summer in DC can tell you the climate is real similar to Hell. With humidity. Then again, not sure even Hell has winged insects the size of footstools. It's not called Foggy Bottom because that's the first thing that springs to mind when Diane Feinstein walks away, you know.

August 13, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists

US Sanctions on Russia May Sink the Dollar

The US government's decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the US economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar's eventual demise as the world's reserve currency.

August 13, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Now that’s a messy diaper

Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God Bless America.

August 12, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Americans Love Downton Abbey but Not Real Monarchy

It is said that Americans don't like titles.

August 12, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Building better biofuel: Collaborative research cultivates camelina as sustainable oil

A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.

August 10, 2014 | | Columnists

What Do You Actually Know About ISIS?

Imagine our government issuing a law requiring women to surgically remove their external genitalia.

August 10, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Why Won’t Obama Fire the Liar?

We're taught as kids that lying is bad, that liars should be held accountable. But in Washington, lying is so endemic and so flagrant that the perpetrators are rarely even rebuked.

August 10, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Will The Sarah Palin Channel Rival Comedy Central?

This just in! If you're willing to spend more money than you currently drop on Netflix, you can now get the Sarah Palin Channel online, which promises to "discuss the great issues of the day and work towards solutions."

August 08, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

The Panama Canal Turns 100: A Family Affair

On August 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening.

August 08, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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A Dangerous Time for an Obama Third Term

While President Obama was busy last week telling Hillary supporters how "dangerous" he perceives Donald Trump, real danger quietly passed through the English Channel - when ...

October 25, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Trump’s Put His Banana Republicanism On Display to the World

If there was any doubt as to the singular and unique danger that Donald Trump poses to American democracy, the Republican took those doubts and ...

October 25, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Still Treating Trump Unfairly

"Donald Trump Campaign Contractors Confess Election Fraud!"

October 24, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Trump Trumps Trump

Trump had his best debate in Nevada.

October 24, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Reflections on life as a college senior, then and now, and remembering sacrifices made by others

When I arrived at Kansas City International I knew what I was seeing wasn't typical. After all it was 5:15 on a Friday ...

October 22, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

The Great Pumpkin Celebrates 50 Sincere Years

Remember a time when autumn meant burning leaves instead of burning Samsung Note 7 phones?

October 22, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Hillary’s Words Don’t Match Her Actions

Actions speak louder than words.

October 22, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Dead People ARE Voting

With Halloween so close to the November election, we may as well bring up the obvious link between ghouls and political hacks: Dead people are ...

October 20, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Arizona’s Crazy with the Political Heat

The divisiveness, bitterness and even nuttiness of the 2016 campaign is on full display in Arizona.

October 20, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Judgmental Evangelicals: What Hypocrisy Smells Like

Have you ever wondered what a hypocrite smells like? All you need to do is sniff a homeless person to know what hypocrites don't ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Gropage Report

If experts are correct in saying that Donald Trump needs women voters to win the presidency, the last two weeks have been the worst for ...

October 19, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists

Clinton Must Disavow Anti-Catholic Emails

I'm Christine, I am a Catholic, and I vote.

October 18, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Wikileaks Proves Clinton Chummy With National Media


October 18, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Republican Party Now Controlled by Depend Caucus

For a guy who's billed as the next great Republican political wizard, he sure makes a lot of rookie mistakes.

October 17, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Trump vs. Hillary - Embarrassment vs. Evil

Everyone knows I'm not a Trump supporter.

October 17, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

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