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Central Kansas Medical Center Candy Stripers: The way we were

The call came as I was walking out the front door of our house. "Are you finished with that hospital column?" It was my sister Kate, calling from Wichita. She had just reviewed my draft column. "Yeah, pretty much," I told her. "You can't run it yet. You need to make some changes. We weren't Candy Strippers. That's how it reads. We were Candy Stripers."

October 18, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Hey Democrats, What About Congress?

Presidential candidates typically try to sell themselves as superheroes whose powers will magically cure our national ills. Rarely do they remind us that power is widely dispersed in our federal system, and that presidents are compelled to share it with the typically disputatious members of Congress.

October 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Banana Republicans Take Charge

To paraphrase former Speaker Sam Rayburn, Republicans have proven they can knock down a barn. In the aftermath of John Boehner's resignation and Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal, now they have to find among their number a carpenter who can rebuild the House. Until then, our Congress is being held hostage by Banana Republicans with a bad case of electoral dysfunction.

October 18, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Who Exactly is a 'Real' American?

These days, it can be very difficult to determine what makes someone a "real American." In years past, there were clear answers, most of which revolved around notions of individual rights, economic freedom, and Anglo-based societal values.

October 16, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Pampered College Nitwits

Too many college-age kids are unable to care for their most basic needs, which doesn't bode well for my future.

October 16, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The GOP's Best Email Offer

The National Lampoon once put out a boxed set of radio programs with a jarring cover photo and the title, "Buy this Box or We'll Shoot this Dog."

October 15, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Don't Let Social Media Ruin Your Self-Esteem

Over the past few weeks, I've gotten to the point where I wanted to just leave Facebook behind. I have a fairly light social media footprint when it comes to Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. But I do hang out in the Facebook precincts on a fairly regular basis, so fairly regular that my boss has occasionally asked me how I'm enjoying retirement.

October 15, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The Scandalous Suppression of Gun Violence Research

In the midst of President Obama's denunciation of gun violence - if you've lost track, the latest massacre was on Friday - he lamented Washington's ongoing inertia and said that, in fact, "we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially prevent gun deaths."

October 14, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


TP'ing the Trans Pacific Partnership

It's been awfully fun to watch the different branches of government quiver like Aspen trees in a force 5 tornado arguing the pros and cons of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. The TPP is either an environmental travesty designed to set the union movement back 100 years, or the spine of the Pacific Rim's economic pushback against China. Depends on who you talk to. One or the other: nothing in between. It's two cliffs and a gorge.

October 14, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


In California, a Right to Die

Imagine looking in a mirror and seeing the target of the euthanasia movement.

October 13, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Politics Without Passion

Many Democrats are tied in knots over the presidential campaign, afraid not just of saying the wrong thing but even thinking it.

October 13, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Power of the press is reporting the news consumers need

The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

October 11, 2015 | | Columnists


Why community newspapers matter

ROLLING FORK, Miss.- The chosen theme for this year's National Newspaper Week is "Power of the Press," and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing.

October 11, 2015 | Ray Mosby | Columnists


The Lingering Problem of Race Relations

Race relations have returned to the forefront of our national discussion over the last several years. Unless one refers to illegal immigration, relations in question almost always pertain to blacks and whites.

October 09, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Time for Sensible Background Checks

In the wake of the recent homicidal shooting rampage at an Oregon community college, I'm forced to come to the conclusion that it is high time for common sense national background checks for journalists.

October 09, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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How to Get Americans to Watch the Olympics

Fewer Americans are watching the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro than they did prior Games. I offer a solution.

August 17, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Awaiting the Next Media Freakout over Trump

The Great American Trump Freakout is just getting started, in which anything Trump says that can be misinterpreted as evil will be.

August 16, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Donald Trump has Crossed the Line of Decency

I'm morbidly fascinated by the rhetorical mud being slung between Democrats and Republicans these days. How exhilarating to hear Hillary Clinton labeled "unstable" by ...

August 16, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


By Dick Polman Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because

Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because she's winning in the polls, we shouldn't whitewash her flaws ...

August 15, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Blows Himself Up Again

Donald Trump didn't listen.

August 15, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Have You Thanked Your Physical Therapist Today?

Don't answer out loud if you're reading this at work, but how do you feel about employers using sensor-bearing armbands and other "wearable ...

August 13, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


No Walking Back Trump’s Comments

Donald Trump knew what he was doing Tuesday afternoon. Make no mistake.

August 13, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Farewell Virgil. We will all miss you

Virgil Unrein passed away this week. When my sister Beth shared the news with me Wednesday night, I sat down and in seconds was flooded ...

August 13, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


The more things change, the more they ...

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the Great Bend Tribune. It also comes close to marking my 14th year as the fine publication's editor.

August 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Where There's Smoke There's Fire

Even with all her baggage, the mainstream media continues to paint Hillary Clinton as an angel of light.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


The Rigged Process that Gave Us Hillary

"Democracy works, but we gotta want it -- not just during an election year, but all the days in between," Barack Obama told a refreshingly receptive ...

August 11, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


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