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Family Friendly Workplaces: Careful What You Wish For

A few years ago, my wife and I changed propane companies solely because the friendly receptionist had been fired for taking an extended medical leave.

June 27, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Real 2016 Battle is Between Dick and Rand

It's not exactly the Ali-Frazier "Thrilla in Manilla," but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch.

June 26, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The Jailbird Architect of Obama’s Global Warming Plan

When President Obama announced an unprecedented effort by the EPA to strong-arm states into adopting cap-and-trade, he made the announcement not by focusing on the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but rather on the so-called co-benefits that closing coal plants will have on particulate matter, which is already tightly regulated. These purported co-benefits are based on two secret studies that have never been publicly validated. Amazingly, the architect of this co-benefits strategy is a long-time EPA staffer named John Beale, now known as federal inmate number 33005-016 and locked up for fraud at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution.

June 26, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Early Critic of School Testing Was Right All Along

When Robert Scott criticized standardized testing and said that Common Core would nationalize schools, he took heat from both Sec. Arne Duncan and Texas business lobbyist Bill Hammond, who called Scott a "cheerleader for mediocrity." But two years later, those are the ones only who still think Scott was wrong. With states abandoning Common Core and advocates of high-stakes testing now criticizing its misuse, it's time to admit that Scott was right all along.

June 25, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Defensive Response

Ring, ring.

June 25, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


How to Watch the World Cup

The refrain has echoed across the globe our entire lives. "The World Cup is the most exciting sporting event on the face of the planet. Bigger than the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and World Series combined and go ahead, throw in the next Star Wars movie especially with Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford dragging their walkers through it."

June 24, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Hard Lessons of Iraq

Nearly 5,000 of our fine men and women died in Iraq.

June 22, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Why Americans Dislike Soccer

(An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!")"Who the heck cares about a bunch of guys playing footsie with a little ball?"

June 20, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Hillary’s ‘Dead Broke’ Definition Differs From Yours

Wouldn't you love to be "dead broke" the way Hillary Clinton was? With speech and job and book opportunities stacked up on life's runway, poised to whisk her to solvency?

June 19, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Our work in Brazil is done

Happy Thursday, everybody, and God bless America.

June 19, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


When Government Runs Health Care

No wonder I am so cynical about government health care.

June 18, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Crow Medium Rare

A massive Earthquake rolled through the Republican Establishment after Eric Cantor became the 1st sitting House Majority Leader to lose in a primary since, well... ever. Going back to 1899, the 19th Century. Back when Mugwumps bought buggy whips and the Emperor of Russian lunched with the Viceroy of India.

June 18, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Ted Cruz is Christmas in July for Democrats

Usually state parties nominate candidates at conventions, activists adopt a pre-approved platform and everyone goes home happy. What happened in Fort Worth was a combination of a demolition derby and an inauguration. Rick Perry may have kicked off the weekend with a well-regarded speech, but there was a new king when delegates left town. Ted Cruz is now the head of the He-Man Woman-Gay-Immigrant-Science-Logic Hater's Club formerly known as the Republican Party of Texas. Long may he reign.

June 17, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Haven’t We Already Done Enough Damage in Iraq?

In 2006, I invited the late General Bill Odom to address my Thursday Congressional luncheon group. Gen. Odom, a former NSA director, called the Iraq war "the greatest strategic disaster in American history," and told the surprised audience that he could not understand why Congress had not impeached the president for pushing this disaster on the United States. History continues to prove the General's assessment absolutely correct.

June 17, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


In the basement, without their Rock

The Wizard of Oz" made Kansas synonymous with tornadoes. But it took the Topeka tornado of June 1966 to bring this Hollywood fiction to reality. That twister was, at the time, said to be the most costly tornado in our country's history.

June 16, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


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The Federal Government Requires Amputation

According to Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner, the federal body politic is in for yet another political training regimen. We've tried the Reagan ...

January 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


President Trump Needs to Stop Biting

A couple of hours before dusk, you could see it.

January 23, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Celebrate your Freedom to Oppose President Trump

"Halima" hid under the bed and tried not to watch as the soldiers slit her brother's throat.

January 21, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Crashing the Inauguration

By lunchtime Friday Donald Trump will be our president.

January 21, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Marsh Musings

When I retired a few years ago, I reflected on my mission statement for moving here in 1990. The Cheyenne Bottoms held some sort of ...

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


The Quiet Death of an Exiled King

2017 began on a bad note.

January 19, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Will Trump Continue the Bush-Obama Legacy?

This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years ...

January 19, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump Isn’t Going to Play by the Media’s Rules

Another bedrock of conventional wisdom has been overturned. During the Trump administration it is okay to shoot the messenger.

January 18, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Millennials Need to Own Homes

Get this: The share of millennials who own a home has fallen to a 30-year low.

January 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Woman’s View

This past weekend was a wake up call for many of us. No internet, no land line, no electricity. Going without electricity, even for a ...

January 18, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Navigating the Seas of Racial Differences

I don't usually live my days according to a particular theme. No planning goes into them, unless I'm celebrating a birthday or some ...

January 17, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The Circus is Now the Standard

Just nine days before becoming Leader of the Free World, President-elect Donald Trump wasn't talking about economic policy. He wasn't talking about global ...

January 17, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Obama’s Lost Legacy

The Obamas have said their goodbyes to America.

January 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump is Sabotaging His Own Presidency

During Wednesday's choleric press conference, Donald Trump compared the intelligence community to the Nazis. Not a good idea.

January 16, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Crony Capitalism Masquerading as Infrastructure Reform

The beginning of the Obama Administration was marked by a trillion dollar experiment called economic stimulus. All we really have to show for it is ...

January 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


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