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President Trump is coming for your guns

The gun lobby has long stoked its constituents with the nightmare scenario of a president who'd swipe their God-given right to own weapons. The NRA frequently warned that Barack Obama was "coming for our guns," and that Hillary Clinton would "come for your guns." The group cringed at the prospect of a president saying something like this: "I like taking the guns early ... Take the guns first, go through due process second."

March 07, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Media struggle when Trump actually makes news

The Trump Administration's efforts to make policy and govern while also dealing with its own internal West Wing drama has news media careening, almost daily, down two separate tracks.

March 07, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Illegal immigration declines, forcing wages up

A new Center for Migration Studies (CMS) report showed that between 2010 and 2016, illegal immigration declined 8 percent, down from 11.7 million to 10.8 million, its lowest level in 15 years.

March 06, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Gun control starts at home

President Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.

March 06, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The NRA is on the run

For all of those who thought they'd never witness it, it appears the National Rifle Association is on the run.

March 05, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Keeping kids safe, and out of prison

A compassionate program designed to keep youngsters out of the criminal justice system was implemented five years ago in Broward County, Florida - the very county where 17 people died Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

March 05, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Congress should make relief permanent

The first year of the Trump administration saw remarkable accomplishments on both tax and regulatory relief, with fundamental tax reform for the first time in decades and the massive regulatory onslaught of the Obama years stopped and reversed. With wages rising and the economy strengthening, the most important priority for Congress in 2018 should be to lock in these historic accomplishments.

March 03, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The cafeteria lady is packing heat

President Donald Trump tossed out some wacky nonsense about arming teachers, which encouraged the press and public to go nuts debating this ludicrous suggestion, totally ignoring commonsense remedies like banning civilians from purchasing weapons whose sole function is to kill the most people in the shortest time possible. The man is not as dumb as he looks, which at last count was considerable.

March 03, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


One Republican Senator setting a good example

Sen. Pat Toomey is my hero. Last week, the Pennsylvania Republican outdid himself in refusing to make people happy. Instead, he did what he needed to do: the right thing.

March 03, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


America’s farmers work doubly hard for the money

In my 19 years of working for a farmers cooperative, I've seen all types of farmers and ranchers.

March 01, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


So long, foods of my 1970s childhood

The Wall Street Journal article made me both hungry and wistful.

March 01, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


More love, not gun control

We live in a country where liberals are constantly working to get rid of things that were once sacred to America.

February 28, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A lifetime commitment to cancer prevention

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, about 1.7 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018, with 15,400 diagnoses in Kansas alone. While we have no cure to the disease, many of these cancer cases are preventable. Having been married to a physician for 34 years and gone to nursing school myself, I cannot stress enough how important it is to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Consider the big picture: by making time to exercise more, quitting smoking and eating better you have the power to reduce your risk of cancer.

February 27, 2018 | Laina Marshall | Columnists


Advocacy billboards spread beyond ‘Missouri’

CHICAGO - Along Interstate 294 a billboard campaign was launched this week to educate people about the hijab headscarf that's frequently worn by Muslim women.

February 27, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Support the Kids, fight the conspiracy theorists

In the aftermath of a horrific school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, something at once sad, hopeful, and quintessentially American took shape after the tragedy: citizens, moved to action by a wrong they saw and experienced firsthand in their society, were catapulted onto the national stage as they decided to take action by demanding change from their elected lawmakers.

February 26, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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Cost is what ails health care

"I'm lucky to have health insurance, but I still can't afford to go to the doctor."

April 12, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


To opioid hell and back

I'm feeling human again, thanks.

April 10, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Democrat’s latest: Jim Crow meet Juan Canto

It's been a decade since I agreed with the Democrat platform, but I must give the party a great deal of credit for its ...

April 10, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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