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Hillary's Autumn Vulnerability

If you believe, as I do, that Donald Trump could defeat Hillary Clinton this fall and become America's first certified autocrat, you need look no further for evidence than Tuesday night's Michigan Democratic primary.

March 15, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


How Ronald Reagan Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day

(Editor's note: A version of this column ran in March, 2014. It is an excerpt from Tom Purcell's book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty" available at Amazon.com.)

March 13, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Only Two Paths Remain to Stop Trump

With Super Tuesday now behind us, we can take stock of exactly where the race for the Republican nomination for President currently stands:

March 13, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


The GOP’s Not So Super Tuesday

It's become painfully obvious that the term "Super Tuesday" was coined for the quantity of elections contested, not the quality of participants involved. Otherwise, we'd be forced to change the name to Kind of Okay Tuesday. Or Is It Really Necessary to be This Loud Tuesday. The Not Overtly Horrible But Don't Be Surprised if You Get Some Pushback on That Tuesday.

March 11, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Self-Interest is Ted Cruz’s Only Interest

Nearly four years ago, the Republican primary runoff for Kay Bailey Hutchison's U.S. Senate seat was taking place. Texas had a clear choice between two candidates; then-incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

March 11, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Do We Really Need To 'Rebuild The Military'

The Republican presidential debates have become so heated and filled with insults, it almost seems we are watching a pro wrestling match. There is no civility, and I wonder whether the candidates are about to come to blows. But despite what appears to be total disagreement among them, there is one area where they all agree. They all promise that if elected they will "rebuild the military."

March 10, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Why This Conservative Won't Back Trump

While pro-Trump pundits do their best to rationalize the sewer talk flowing from the stage after the most recent GOP debate, please understand that the problem is really not that complicated.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


We’re Not Being Overrun by Illegal Immigrants

Okay, sit down. Take a deep breath.

March 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


GOP Won't Disavow Trump

The only accurate prediction in this bizarre presidential election is that most predictions are wrong. So here's a popular one about which to be wary: If Trump is the nominee he won't get the support of key GOP leadership.

March 09, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Charity Health Care & Continuing Education

Using creativity and problem-solving, the Kansas House recently approved a simple solution for increasing access to care for low-income Kansans and rural communities.

March 08, 2016 | Representative Dan Hawkins | Columnists


Quitting the GOP

John-William Schiffbauer is what Republicans, at least on paper, say they want their party to look more like. He's 31-years-old (a coveted millennial), socially liberal, fiscally conservative and not totally white. "My grandmother was from Japan," he says. He's a New York City playwright who's into cool whiskey bars and heated policy debates. He sees himself as what the future of the Republican Party ought to be. "Did you read the GOP post-2012 autopsy report? The 'Growth and Opportunity Project,' as it was dubbed?" He asks.

March 08, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


'Soul Murder' in Altoona

If you've seen the excellent movie "Spotlight," you know what it takes for a newspaper to expose the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

March 06, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tornado Research Isn't Just Whistling Dixie

You can double-check me on this - but when Phil Harris recorded "That's What I Like About The South," he never once made mention of tornadoes.

March 06, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Collapse of Recycling

A shabbily dressed man with three bulging garbage bags in his left hand and a crutch supporting his right side waits patiently as the line snakes around the parking lot. Behind him is a stooped older woman wearing an oversized hat to shield her from the sun as she pushes a beat up baby carriage containing her cargo.

March 04, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


First They Came For the iPhones...

The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December.

March 04, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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Politics Aside, Trump Seems Like a Good Dad

There is no way to avoid sounding like a Donald Trump supporter with this column.

April 20, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Treat Texting Drivers the Same as DUIs

Banning texting while driving is pretty easy for states to do. Creating a policy that actually reduces texting while driving seems especially difficult.

April 19, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Will Durst's 21st Annual Political Animal Awards

A major silver lining in this cruelest month of April is a lull between show business awards galas. The lack of gold plated statuettes being ...

April 19, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Paul Ryan's 20-20 vision

Paul Ryan can see the future.

April 17, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Stuck in Traffic (School)

I didn't laugh when the cop pulled me over for rolling through a stop sign on a quiet residential street, and there was nothing ...

April 17, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Now Humans Are Just Along for the Ride

I have seen humanity's future and it's cargo. Not shipping cargo, but being cargo. One cannot pick up the newspaper without discovering a ...

April 15, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Shakespeare's Death: The 400th Anniversary

To satirize, or not to satirize. That is the question.

April 15, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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