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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


Mitt isn't Exactly Superman

The good news is that a prominent member of the cowed Republican establishment is finally speaking out against Donald Trump. The bad news is, it's Mitt Romney.

March 03, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Why We Want Our Politicians to Lie

Three studies provide insight into something we all know to be true: Politicians lie.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can Trust the FBI, Right?

This huge brouhaha between the FBI and Apple has escalated into a battle royale between the righteous and the wicked. And, as often happens, both sides are claiming to be on the side of the angels. With so many good guys in attendance, it's amazing that world-wide badness is still so pervasive. But you can't blame television for everything.

March 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


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All politics, all the time?

"It's everywhere you turn these days. I can't take it anymore."

October 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sick of the NFL? Play Kaepernick-Hole

Every time NFL players take a knee during the national anthem, they pierce the hearts of patriotic Americans and military families, including mine.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Millionaires & billionaires fighting ‘oppression’

Oppression certainly isn't what it used to be. Instead of vicious police dogs, water cannon, billy clubs and Bull Connor, America is greeted with ...

October 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Facebook is the new big brother

You're putting your life at risk, one like at a time

October 04, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The difference between Kaepernick and a West Point grad

This is the story of two young men: one black, one white, and both of whom wear uniforms.

October 03, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Our Jimmy Kimmel President

Please, Mr. Trump, I'm on bended knee.

October 03, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Meet the new face of Republican extremism

Thank you, Alabama Republicans! Thank you for choosing a Senate candidate whose reactionary ravings and paranoid fictions make Donald Trump look semi-sane.

October 02, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Refugees are not a security risk

Every year since the Refugee Act of 1980, the presidential administration in power has announced its cap number for refugee admissions in the coming fiscal ...

October 02, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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