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A commencement speaker at Point Park University here urged graduates to brush their teeth. Whether she was grasping at a clever metaphor for handling life after college or she actually felt that a diploma along with good dental hygiene were keys to happiness, I couldn't tell. Commencement speeches come in many flavors.

May 08, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Senator Pat Roberts listening tour

Over the latest Congressional work period, I conducted a 20 county, 2,000 mile listening tour, traveling from eastern Kansas to counties on the Colorado and Nebraska borders and back again. I spoke to farmers and ranchers, took part in a technical broadband summit, toured hospitals, met with students, visited a major oil fracking site, and held numerous town hall meetings.

May 07, 2014 | Senator Pat Roberts | Columnists


Republicans Fail to Offer Viable Option to Obamacare

When I cast my Senate vote for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, I had a lot of mixed feelings. The bill certainly didn't do everything I had hoped for, and I knew parts of it would have to be revised by future Congresses. But I was sure that the health-care system we had was broken, and the ACA went at least part of the way toward fixing it.

May 07, 2014 | Ted Kaufman | Columnists


Lazy Stupid Ham Butts

It wasn't what you would call the most favorable week for old white racist men. Then again, these weeks, not many are. How bad did it get for ancient intolerant caucasian males? Bowling ball dropped on your little toe from a height of nine feet bad. Brazilian soccer stampede bad. Donald Trump testifying at your rent-hearing bad.

May 06, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


A Call to National Service

"Where did you serve?"

May 06, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Bundy, Sterling and America’s Race-O-Rama

America has just had its jolting Michael Corleone moment.

May 04, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


No Room in America for ‘Plantation Mentality’

Donald Sterling is a despicable human being. The racist landowner and L.A. Clippers owner's years of racist activity included evicting a "smelly black woman" from her apartment because she complained about the leaking plumbing.

May 04, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Phone Addiction Not So Smart

Get this: People are becoming addicted to their smartphones.

May 02, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Mother’s Day: Here’s Your Column!

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. And necessity (my looming deadline) has forced me to invent a connection between Mother's Day and Red Buttons.

May 02, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Words will come back to bite you

God bless America, and how's everybody?

May 01, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Prayer: Now more than ever

In this contemporary world it is easy to dismiss as old-fashioned the idea that prayer has a role in our public sphere. Indeed the U.S. Supreme Court is even taking up a case by those opposed to prayer at government meetings. But irrespective of modernity, national prayer has always played a critical role in shaping our great nation. Prayer binds man to one another, and it shows that even with great power entrusted to them our leaders have called upon the Almighty in times of need and of thanksgiving. In fact, the first national call to prayer in America ...

May 01, 2014 | By Rep. Tim Huelskamp | Columnists


The Fallacy of Common Sense

It used to be common sense that the earth was flat. Then it was common sense that the earth was the center of the universe. Now it's common sense that you can use a student's test scores to measure a teacher's effectiveness. But that idea, called the "Value-Added Method" or VAM, came crashing to earth recently when Washington state became the first state to lose a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver-and the money that goes along with it-because it could not come up with a way to use test scores to judge teachers.

April 30, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Sterling’s message is loud and clear

The issue brought to light in the Donald Sterling matter is this: Neither passing legislation nor even electing a black president can cleanse all minds of evil thoughts.

April 30, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Bad Penny Boehner Just Won’t Go Away

The stupefyingly stubborn John Boehner is at it again. A week ago at a Las Vegas fundraiser, the House speaker audaciously said that he's hell-bent on passing an immigration bill this year. Then at the exclusive Brown's Run Country Club in his Ohio home district, Boehner publicly ridiculed his fellow House Republicans for refusing to fall in line. Said Boehner in a whining voice intended to disparage uncooperative Republicans: "Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard."

April 29, 2014 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Nerds have come full circle

A tsunami of tech is engulfing our nation, and in the process, redecorating communities like a family of grizzly bears locked in a Volkswagen van. A family of obscenely paid bespectacled grizzly bears with a taste for artisanal toast.

April 29, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


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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


Why Rick Perry is Actually a Good Cabinet Pick

Let's consider what former Texas Gov. Rick Perry brings to the table as a member of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet and as the ...

January 14, 2017 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Fort Lauderdale Shooting: Another One Slips Through?

Apparently, we now live in a country where you can walk into an FBI office, admit to being an ISIS terrorist and you aren't ...

January 12, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Save Our School Talent Shows

It seems there's a shortage of the old Hollywood Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland "Hey, kids - let's put on a show!" exuberance.

January 12, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Women Rise as Top Cops

I was at a Phoenix Suns basketball game in October when the PA announcer asked for a round of applause for the city's new ...

January 11, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


About that Meryl Streep Takedown

Acclaimed actor Meryl Streep lit up social media during Sunday's Golden Globe awards in an explicitly political speech, where she harshly criticized President-elect Donald ...

January 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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