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Liberals and Their Unintended Consequences

If the law of unintended consequences was actually a law enacted by legislators, it would likely be of no consequence at all. Unfortunately it's a force of nature, not of man.

March 16, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Are Expired Foods Your Future Diet?

I really should be prejudiced against this week's topic, but I'm not.

March 16, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Nancy's Reagan's Mission Was Her Husband

When we talk about marriage today, it's usually in connection with breakups, wedding excess, or the victory of LGBT advocates. For many, traditional long-term unions are becoming as rare as a protest-free Oscars ceremony.

March 15, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

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

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

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In defense of Trump’s tariffs

It's interesting how Trump's tariff proposal has opponents screaming it's the end of the world."

March 13, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Trump’s worst enemy strikes again

Donald, Donald, Donald.

March 12, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

We must keep our eyes open

"Captain Jack" Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called "The Poet Scout." Following is ...

March 12, 2018 | Brian Hunhoff | Columnists

It is a basic American right

The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives.

March 10, 2018 | Jim Zachary | Columnists

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