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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


The Scandalous Suppression of Gun Violence Research

In the midst of President Obama's denunciation of gun violence - if you've lost track, the latest massacre was on Friday - he lamented Washington's ongoing inertia and said that, in fact, "we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially prevent gun deaths."

October 14, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


TP'ing the Trans Pacific Partnership

It's been awfully fun to watch the different branches of government quiver like Aspen trees in a force 5 tornado arguing the pros and cons of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. The TPP is either an environmental travesty designed to set the union movement back 100 years, or the spine of the Pacific Rim's economic pushback against China. Depends on who you talk to. One or the other: nothing in between. It's two cliffs and a gorge.

October 14, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


In California, a Right to Die

Imagine looking in a mirror and seeing the target of the euthanasia movement.

October 13, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Politics Without Passion

Many Democrats are tied in knots over the presidential campaign, afraid not just of saying the wrong thing but even thinking it.

October 13, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Power of the press is reporting the news consumers need

The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

October 11, 2015 | | Columnists


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It’s madness to surrender in the war on drugs

I recently read a commentary by someone who urged us to stop using the word "addict," because it somehow stigmatizes drug users. We were told ...

February 15, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Washington’s blame game

Pointing fingers is a Washington pastime. The blame game currently playing out between Republicans and Democrats has been raging over issues ranging from the treatment ...

February 15, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Donald Trump: Banana Republican

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington D.C.

February 14, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Stop worrying so much about Tide Pods

My New York friend Larry was nearly out of breath on the phone.

February 14, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obsessed with Trump

You watch Fox News - "We love President Trump."

February 13, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A parade for the President

Every year on July 14th, the French celebrate Bastille Day - a remembrance of the start of the French Revolution - with a full military parade. This ...

February 13, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Is your house a home yet?

"It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home." - Edgar Albert Guest.

February 12, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Democrats can only go so far bashing Trump

For months, the American people have been besieged by predictions of a blue wave, a powerful and widespread cascade of Democratic election victories this fall ...

February 12, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


More feel-good liberal legislation

Christian Britschgi at Reason.com recently published a column that poignantly illustrates yet another example of knee-jerk legislation based upon an embarrassing lack of research.

February 10, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


From bipartisan to treasonous

During the State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump said many hopeful things, including that he wants to work with Democrats. Yeah, right. He ...

February 10, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


The party of cray-cray

Forty-six million viewers witnessed the unorthodox but predictable clown show congressional Democrats put on during President Trump's first State of the Union speech. Despite ...

February 08, 2018 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


More Evangelicals selling their soul to support a loser

It's sad to say another Christian group has decided to maintain access to DC power rather than tell the truth regarding the shortcomings of ...

February 08, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Dreamers

February 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Actually, things are pretty good and getting better

"The country is divided. The political rhetoric is getting worse. The world seems to be in a mess."

February 07, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The dangers of a ‘Bloody Nose’ strike on North Korea

As State of the Union coverage was in full swing on Tuesday night, another story was quietly breaking in Washington: The Trump Administration's once-likely ...

February 07, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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