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Facing the Music

My mother's birthday is New Year's Day. This year, Matt decided it would be fun to take her, my father and our family, to Molly B and the Squeezebox Band which were performing at the Rose Garden Hall in Hays. Knowing full well that Molly B is second only to Anacani and Lawrence Welk in my husband's mind, I rolled my eyes wondering if the offer was self-serving or a genuine heartfelt gesture. However, as I know my German-Catholic mother from Liebenthal loves polka music, I conceded that it was a great idea.

January 06, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists

Republicans Won. Now What?

What happens when the dog catches the car? Now that the Republicans control the Senate, will they continue to be the party of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories?

January 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Should Politicians Be Sworn in on the Bible?

Now that dust from the midterms has settled, thousands of politicians-elect are taking office. In the predictably rough climate of American politics, there is serious controversy.

January 04, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

The Battle of New Orleans: The Bicentennial

Just a reminder: January 8 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, the last major encounter of The War of 1812.

January 04, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Get Ready for Terrorism on Soft Targets

Get ready for our already ugly and violent 21st century to be the century of soft targets for terrorists. The number of places where people feel safe will diminish as terrorists pick new venues to increase body counts -- and grab more of that new and mainstream media publicity that helps with recruitment.

January 04, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

The Gifts They Should’ve Gotten

Hey guys. Did this whole crazy holy daze madcap bedlam thing sneak up on you this year, making the world speed up like a maglev Bullet Train going downhill lit by a strobe, like it did us? There's a perfectly reasonable explanation.

January 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Sony gets last laugh

The Sony hacking story is the gift that keeps on giving. It's got it all: cyber crime, international intrigue, political posturing - plus a tantalizing trove of corporate and celebrity gossip.

January 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Thanks North Korea

Thank you, North Korea. Your alleged cyber attack on Sony has, I hope, awakened the American people.

December 31, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Adios, Rick Perry

To me Rick Perry will always be the guy who screwed up my book deal.

December 31, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Never Take Gun Advice From a Liberal

What part of "Hey, Kids! Steal your parents' guns and bring them to school!" sounds like a bad idea?

December 30, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

The Real Meaning of the 1914 Christmas Truce

One hundred years ago last week, on Christmas Eve, 1914, German and British soldiers emerged from the horrors of World War One trench warfare to greet each other, exchange food and gifts, and to wish each other a Merry Christmas. What we remember now as the "Christmas Truce" began with soldiers singing Christmas carols together from in the trenches. Eventually the two sides climbed out of the trenches and met in person. In the course of this two day truce, which lasted until December 26, 1914, the two sides also exchanged prisoners, buried their dead, and even played soccer with ...

December 30, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists

2015 Some Near-Sure Bets For The New Year

Sure, we humans like to think of a new year as a blank slate; but deep down we know that history repeats itself. We know that along with the unexpected revelations and unpredictable fads, 2015 will bring us more NFL rap sheets, Facebook privacy settings reconfigurations, fracking debates, "stand somebody else's ground" military actions, sighs over a "do nothing" Congress, major retailer security breaches and warnings of a comet that may or may not strike in 37 years.

December 28, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Who Cares About America?

We stand at the brink of a new year. Our country will enter it in social, economic, and racial upheaval unlike any other since the late 1960s. These days, who really cares about America?

December 28, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Praying for a White Christmas

The snow started coming down hard a few hours after we'd arrived.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Empty Seats At The Christmas Table

I'm writing one of my infrequent serious columns, because I realize there is more to Christmas than non-stop holly jolly mirth.

December 26, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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Republican Party Now Controlled by Depend Caucus

For a guy who's billed as the next great Republican political wizard, he sure makes a lot of rookie mistakes.

October 17, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Trump vs. Hillary - Embarrassment vs. Evil

Everyone knows I'm not a Trump supporter.

October 17, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Republicans Have Only Themselves to Blame

Republican leaders crying over the Trumpenstein monster destroying them on Twitter (and any real chance their party could capture the White House) have only themselves ...

October 15, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Near And Deer: Watch Out For Collisions!

"Guess who I ran into today?"

October 15, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Bible study group

I belong to a ladies' Bible study. We actually do study the scriptures most of the time, and we also pray for different needs and ...

October 13, 2016 | Judi Tabler | Columnists

Fifteen Years Into the Afghan War, Do Americans Know the Truth?

Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history. There weren't any victory ...

October 13, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists

When Lewd Talk Washes Away Meaningful Facts

"My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and ...

October 13, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

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