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Americans Love Downton Abbey but Not Real Monarchy

It is said that Americans don't like titles.

August 12, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Building better biofuel: Collaborative research cultivates camelina as sustainable oil

A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.

August 10, 2014 | | Columnists


What Do You Actually Know About ISIS?

Imagine our government issuing a law requiring women to surgically remove their external genitalia.

August 10, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Why Won’t Obama Fire the Liar?

We're taught as kids that lying is bad, that liars should be held accountable. But in Washington, lying is so endemic and so flagrant that the perpetrators are rarely even rebuked.

August 10, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Will The Sarah Palin Channel Rival Comedy Central?

This just in! If you're willing to spend more money than you currently drop on Netflix, you can now get the Sarah Palin Channel online, which promises to "discuss the great issues of the day and work towards solutions."

August 08, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


The Panama Canal Turns 100: A Family Affair

On August 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening.

August 08, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Let Boy’s Be Boys this Summer

Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."

August 07, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Meet the Summer’s Dumbest GOP White Man

Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.

August 07, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Pandora’s Box of Worms

In a move less surprising than hot dogs at a ballgame, the House of Representatives voted to give Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue the President of the United States. This isn't like a divorce, or a civil suit for money, it's more of a restraining order. They want Obama to quit trying to resuscitate the government they've been working so hard to render unconscious.

August 06, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Tapes Expose the Truth about Obamacare

The language in the Obamacare statute has always been crystal clear. Eligibility for the "affordability tax credit," or subsidy, requires enrollment "through an Exchange established by the State under 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Identical language appears in the definition of a "coverage month," and every, single place subsidy eligibility is mentioned in the law.

August 05, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Governor for Sale

Have you ever driven past a car crash and craned your neck to gawk? Felt guilty about indulging your morbid curiosity but did it anyway?

August 03, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


We Need a New American Understanding of Energy

America's energy revolution has changed the global landscape. The U.S. has surpassed all expectations and achieved a level of domestic energy production that was unthinkable even five years ago. We are now the number one producer of oil and natural gas. Instead of importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to supply our own power needs, we're now moving to support our allies overseas as an exporter of LNG and possibly even crude oil.

August 03, 2014 | Edward Cross, President Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association | Columnists


The Wizard of Oz At 75: Memories And Might-Have-Beens

According to the ideas4writers website, August 12 marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. premiere of MGM's "The Wizard of Oz." Ah, the memories start flowing.

August 01, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Here Comes the 2014 Midterm Electiozzzzzz

Those of us who closely follow politics would do well to remember that most Americans are turned off and tuned out - especially in this midterm election year. And that's a symptom of a seriously sick democracy.

August 01, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Border Surge - It’s Not About Crime and Violence

There is a simple means to determine whether the surge of Central Americans illegally crossing our border is, as the Obama administration maintains, a result of high crime rates and gang violence, or if, as the Guatemalan ambassador said, "Violence is not the reason," but instead they are economic migrants "trying to reach the American dream." Look at a map.

July 31, 2014 | Ric Oberlink | Columnists


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Worried Trump Can Beat Hillary? Don't Be.

You know that nutjob you always see on the street, speed-rapping to himself about God knows what? His verbatim dialogue probably goes something like this:

June 18, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


For Father's Day – The Apple Core and the Toilet

I don't know what I was thinking: In 1973, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet, an action I ...

June 18, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


In the basement, without their Rock

The Wizard of Oz" made Kansas synonymous with tornadoes. But it took the Topeka tornado of June 1966, to bring this Hollywood fiction to reality ...

June 18, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Despite Terrorism Ties, Obama Won't Acknowledge the Obvious

The mass murders in Orlando shouldn't be blamed on inadequate gun control laws, described as a lone wolf attack, characterized as a homegrown terrorist ...

June 16, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Long History of Militant Islam

"The ambassador answered us that...it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it ...

June 16, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Fascism: A Bipartisan Affliction

If neoconservatives and progressives truly understood fascism, they would stop using the word as a smear term. That is because both groups, along with most ...

June 15, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Blaming 'The Other' for Orlando

I woke up, like everyone else, to tragedy Sunday morning.

June 15, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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