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All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown

The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

December 17, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


We're a Nation of Laws

Torture is illegal. Period. End of debate. There is no legal, moral or probable justification for torture. It's against the Bill of Rights; it's against the Geneva Convention; it's against United Nations Convention Against Torture (ratified by the U.S. in 1994); it's against every state statute from every modern constitutional democracy and every decent and encouraging proposal coming from humanity in the last century.

December 16, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Is Being Selfish Really Such a Bad Thing?

Well over two years ago, a local public figure encouraged folks to give blood because it was the selfless thing to do.

December 16, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


It’s Not About Race

Remember Kelly Thomas?

December 14, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Divided We Fall: An Open Letter to America’s Working Families

They say there's been a recovery, but most of us haven't seen it. Our economy is creating more jobs, but they don't match the wages, benefits and working conditions of the ones we've lost. The stock market is at a historic high, but its gains seem eerily divorced from how the economy is actually performing. Unfortunately, it looks like just another speculative bubble.

December 14, 2014 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Health Insurance in Kansas: Are Premiums Increasing?

Recent reports have circulated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not treated Kansas well. Some point to the rise in premiums, or the fixed monthly costs you pay for health insurance, and that in Kansas, the rise in these premiums is more compared to the rest of the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the political nature of evaluating the success of the ACA, there is disagreement by analysts over the accuracy and the relevance of the numbers.

December 12, 2014 | Roberta Riportella, Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension | Columnists


Letter to the Next Generation

Dear boys,

December 12, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


My Comcast Grudge

A diverse group including concerned parents, sports fans and even the Writers Guild of America is fighting the proposed merger of media monoliths Time Warner and Comcast. The effort is spearheaded by the non-profit organization Public Knowledge, which claims the $45 billion merger would harm both the economy and our democracy.

December 12, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Questioning the Architect of Obamacare Deception

On Tuesday December 9, disgraced Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will face the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has a lot to answer for.

December 11, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2014

Hey guys, Will Durst here with your eagerly awaited Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2014.

December 11, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


A 2014 Gift of the Magi

A giant Manhattan penthouse and a summer home in the Hamptons. That was all. There was nothing Sabrina could do but plop onto her designer couch and cry.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


House Chooses New Cold War With Russia

Last week the US House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-Russia resolution so full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from chilliest era of the Cold War. Ironically, much of the bill condemns Russia for doing exactly what the US government has been doing for years in Syria and Ukraine!

December 10, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Patience Required in Iranian Nuclear Talks

Over the past year, our nation's diplomats, along with global powers, have been working tirelessly to produce an agreement that will prevent both an Iranian nuclear weapon and another war in the Middle East. Keeping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is of central importance to American security - and achieving this through tough diplomacy is difficult, but very possible.

December 09, 2014 | Shawn VanDiver | Columnists


Tinsel town prepping for holidays

Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God bless America.

December 09, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Ferguson Won't Go Away

As we saw last weekend at the start of the St. Louis Rams-Raiders game, we'll be dealing with the facts and symbolism of Michael Brown's death for a long time.

December 07, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Money and the pursuit of happiness

Money does make us happy, so long as we spend it right.

August 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Colonial Williamsburg more important than ever

It's a rainy and humid afternoon in mid-August and General George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, and I are talking about what a ...

August 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Still waiting for Trump to tweet about mosque bombing

An improvised explosive device was thrown through the window of a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, while Muslim-Americans worshipped in the building. The attack occurred on ...

August 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The follies of appeasement

Haven't we learned yet that appeasement doesn't work?

August 15, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


GOP Leaders should welcome move to end Obamacare bailout

As the Trump administration moves closer to instructing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to eliminate the Obama-era rule that bailed Congress out of paying ...

August 14, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The total solar eclipse: One Curmudgeon’s opinion

Have you purchased your $500 bottle of Solar Red Wine?

August 14, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Americans are proud to be getting dumber

A North Carolina man walks into a popular Washington D.C. pizzeria and opens fire, telling police upon his inevitable arrest that he came to ...

August 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Living to 125 too much of a good thing?

"A 125-year life expectancy for human beings? I have zero desire to stick around that long."

August 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Tips to get ready for back-to-school

Move over, summer – a new school year is coming! With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring – and so do ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


O, Canada! If only liberals knew all the facts

Canada is often touted in the United States as the panacea of health care, leadership, love, peace and thick bacon.

August 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


OK, it’s not the Ritz, but it is home

I escaped this past weekend.

August 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Discipling Trump

Usually it takes a lot of boring three-yard runs and a thick cloud of dust to drive any important piece of legislation across the goal ...

August 09, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Way past time to let congress enjoy Obamacare

Every presidential administration reaches a pivot point. Many observers thought Trump's came when Anthony Scaramucci walked in the White House door. Others thought it ...

August 09, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump ditches ‘Real America’ for Wall Street

Dear Forgotten Men and Women of America:

August 08, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Discrimination on many levels

"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."

August 08, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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