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Relay for Life – celebrating heroes and honoring memories

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. On Friday evening, the Barton County Relay for Life event took place at Jack Kilby Square in Great Bend. 20 teams and 229 participants raised $68,758.80.

June 14, 2015 | J. Basil Dannebohm | Columnists


Clueless Planless

We've known for a long time that Barrack Obama is clueless when it comes to dealing with what's left of Iraq.

June 14, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Father’s Day: 14 Random Thoughts

The nation's 70 million fathers vary widely in age, ethnicity, income, talents and parenting style; but they all have one thing in common: they're not prepared for the random Father's Day thoughts I'm about to unleash:

June 12, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Congress Should Focus on Contracting Reform

Every year, the federal government doles out lavish sums of money to private sector contractors.

June 12, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Would you go on 'The Briefcase'?

"The Hunger Games" was supposed to be fiction, but maybe it was prophetic. Now comes "The Briefcase," CBS's new reality show that pits desperate middle-class families against each other for financial survival. This seems more appropriate for dystopian science fiction than contemporary prime time, and the instinct is to kill the messenger: How dare CBS air this garbage?!

June 11, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


The Power of Plain Language

"ObamaCare is being challenged at the Supreme Court again? What now?"

June 11, 2015 | | Columnists


Frequently Asked Questions About the USA Freedom Act

Q. What's the darn deal with the USA Freedom Act?

June 10, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Ron Paul, Soros Pushes U.S. Bailouts, Weapons for Ukraine

If you look at the track record of the interventionists, you might think they would pause before taking on more projects. Each of their past projects has ended in disaster, yet still they press on. Last week the website Zero Hedge posted a report about hacked emails between billionaire George Soros and Ukrainian President Poroshenko.

June 10, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


High Court Got the Hijab Case Wrong

Before defending Abercrombie & Fitch, please know I regard the company as a bottom-feeding, scum-sucking retailer of sex to impressionable prepubescent girls.

June 09, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


What You Need to Know About Child Molesters

In the past few weeks we've learned that Josh Dugger was a child molester, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was a child molester and the Methodist Church in the UK has apologized for 2,000 cases of abuse dating back to 1950.

June 07, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Conservative Trolls Go After Beau Biden

Way back in 1954, Army lawyer Joseph Welch famously rebuked right-wing demagogue Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" One can only imagine what Welch would say today about the vile Internet trolls who can't curb their hatred even when somebody dies.

June 07, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Why Conservatives Give Better Graduation Speeches

Get this: Conservatives give better graduation speeches than their more liberal-minded counterparts.

June 05, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


George Stephanopoulos’ Big Mistake

Uncertainty, thy name is San Diego.

June 05, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Welfare for the One Percent

This month Congress will consider whether to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank). Ex-Im Bank is a New Deal-era federal program that uses taxpayer funds to subsidize the exports of American businesses. Foreign businesses, including state-owned corporations, also benefit from Ex-Im Bank. One country that has benefited from $1.5 billion of Ex-Im Bank loans is Russia. Venezuela, Pakistan, and China have also benefited from Ex-Im Bank loans.

June 04, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Christie Forced to go on the Offensive

Kenny Stabler, the free-spirited quarterback of the Oakland Raiders in the 1970's, was asked by a reporter his understanding of the following quote by author Jack London:

June 04, 2015 | Carl Golden | Columnists


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Liberals Mocking Obamacare Case Have a Big Problem

There is a big problem with the prevailing liberal narrative that the phrase describing subsidy eligibility in Obamacare, "established by the state," could not possibly mean what it says. The problem is named Jonathan Gruber.

June 19, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Let's Ditch the Political Correctness

Political correctness is a contradiction of reality and distortion of morality that necessitates relentless government intervention devised by those who seek to control our lives. These self-appointed "Speech Sheriffs" warn us that words spoken outside the imaginary perimeters they've set are judgmental, negative, racist or intolerant.

June 19, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Defaulting on Personal Responsibility

Boy, was I dumb to pay back my college loans.

June 18, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Death Penalty is Big Government at its Worst

Nebraska's legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state's death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition.

June 18, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Black Faces in White Spaces

Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas was not a "whites only" pool, but it might as well have been. Before Eric Casebolt shoved a black girl's face into the ground and pulled a gun on her two unarmed friends, white neighborhood residents at the pool assumed that all those black teenagers were in the wrong place. They didn't see the invited guests of a black neighbor getting a little rowdy at an end-of-school pool party. They saw black people who didn't belong in the mostly white neighborhood.

June 17, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Googling the Fountain of Youth

Rich people with too much time and money on their hands often seem to get bored with the hum and drum of their gold-filigreed existences. In response they turn to egalitarian enterprises, such as feudal kings commissioning alchemists to turn base metals into gold, because a lot of stuff back then needed to be filigreed.

June 17, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Video Wallpaper

You don't need to check a screen to know how much time we're spending with them. Besides, surveys keep reminding us: total screen time for adult Americans is now just under 10 hours per day - roughly half in front of what we still call a "television," the rest spent with computers and mobile devices.

June 16, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Just Be Glad You Don't Live in Kansas

When we last visited the sorry state of Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback - a former short-lived GOP presidential candidate - was showing us what happens when a right-wing ideologue tries to impose his utopian fantasies on the real world. Predictably, the result has been disastrous.

June 16, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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