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When Bait Shops Ruled the Universe

In 1969 my hometown of 18,000 had four grocery stores, seven liquor stores and one big box store -- Gibson's Discount. But in the universe occupied by three Keenan boys, our city had only one of the most important business -- the bait shop. When you spent all day everyday outdoors like we did, you defined your self worth by what you could catch, clean and have mom deep fat fry. And nothing was more important that getting good bait. Minnows, frogs, crawdads, goldfish, salamanders, worms.

June 01, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Conservative Christians Miscount

I don't care how popular the Duggar family and their TLC reality show "19 Kids & Counting" is with Christian conservatives.

May 31, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Thank You, Nebraska Republicans!

I've never quite understood why Republicans will jump to trash talk big government-gleefully calling to eradicate the IRS, NSA, EPA, CIA, etc.-all while embracing the death penalty. As the abundant field of GOP presidential hopefuls all vie to woo the same group of hyper-conservative white evangelicals which make up the party's base, not one of them has attempted to make the case against the government killing its own citizens. For years the tea party has engrossed our national conversation with their reflexive distrust of all things publicly funded. Even so the sentence of death carried out by ...

May 31, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Singing Those Graduation Blues

May 20, 2015 was one of the most bittersweet days of my life.

May 29, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Left's Dumb and Dumber Wars

Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19.

May 29, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Does This Ballistic Vest Make Me Look Fat?

Developments on the women-in-combat front are cause for concern, even for leftists that have made cognitive dissonance a way of life, because the women don't seem to be holding up their end of the ideological bargain.

May 28, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Last Week in Poly Ticks

And now, your weekly update from the world of poly ticks.

May 28, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock

The EPA proposal to impose a de facto ban on new coal-fired power plants received more than two million comments from the public - but it looks like it was just one five-page comment from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) that sent EPA scrambling back to the drawing board.

May 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Debate Dilemma: How to Cull the Republican Herd

This is more daunting than a Rubik's cube: How in the world do you fit as many as 18 Republican candidates on one debate stage?

May 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Christie Dead Wrong About Spying

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave an impressive performance this week, glorifying the unconstitutional NSA program collecting and recording every American's digital communication.

May 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


13 Things Reader's Digest Won't Tell You

If not for my son Gideon (age 11), I might have missed my deadline this week.

May 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Memorial Day

What's our national debt? The financial one that comes to mind is subservient to a second and deeper national debt.

May 24, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


For Memorial Day - Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans

It was the most moving Memorial Day ceremony I've ever attended.

May 24, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Boston Bomber’s Sentence Punishes Us All

Here is what the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will achieve:

May 22, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


New Military Spending Bill Expands Empire

On Friday, the House passed a massive National Defense Authorization for 2016 that will guarantee U.S. involvement in more wars and overseas interventions for years to come. The Republican majority resorted to trickery to evade the meager spending limitations imposed by the 2011 budget control act - limitations that did not, as often reported, cut military spending but only slowed its growth.

May 22, 2015 | | Columnists


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Whatever Happened to Common Sense Regarding Climate Change?

Fear mongering is quite lucrative in what seems to be a burgeoning "climate change industrial complex," where certain people benefit monetarily or politically in their promotion of global catastrophic risk due to catastrophic global warming.

June 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Time to Reconsider Going to College?

The American economy has supposedly long since recovered from the Great Recession. The stock market is doing exceptionally well and unemployment isn't what it once was.

June 26, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


How to Produce Your Own Texas Miracle

Rick Perry's running for president again, which means we have to endure a bunch of talk about what he calls the "Texas Model." The rest of us call this the "Texas Miracle," or the economic special sauce of low taxes, low regulation, low spending, and tort reform that he says created boom times in Texas while the rest of the country struggled. Hire me, goes his logic, and I'll make sure someone hires you. Being president is good work if you can get it.

June 25, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Red Pope, Green Pope

He gets under their skin like termites in a boathouse. Drives them crazier than Hillary Clinton and Yoko Ono dancing on a gay pride parade float. He's the itch you can't scratch. The thorn in the palm of their paw. The 3-inch scratch on their favorite Ted Nugent album. I'm talking about that hot new Catholic sensation, Pope Frankie.

June 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Pope Francis Challenges Our Apathy

Few papal encyclicals have been as anticipated as Laudato Si', and Pope Francis has not disappointed. The encyclical articulates a compelling moral vision intended to address the ecological crisis gripping our world.

June 24, 2015 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Should I buy a card?

Masters champion Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open in a thrilling manner at Chambers Bay Golf Club. Afterwards he wished everyone a Happy Father's Day, which came off as a bit insensitive to people in Los Angeles. Father's Day is the most confusing day of the year for Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

June 24, 2015 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Who Has the Worse Idea: Obama or Trump?

There are some very stupid ideas emanating from powerful people and political wannabes.

June 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Donald Trump’s Circus Act

Poor Jeb.

June 23, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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