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Response to school finance ruling should focus on what is best for students

As children return to school after the Christmas break, they probably don't realize the fate of their public school education career will be based on decisions by the Legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback and members of the judiciary.

January 06, 2015 | Rod Stewart President of Kansas Association of School Boards and vice president of the Washington County USD 108 | Columnists

Facing the Music

My mother's birthday is New Year's Day. This year, Matt decided it would be fun to take her, my father and our family, to Molly B and the Squeezebox Band which were performing at the Rose Garden Hall in Hays. Knowing full well that Molly B is second only to Anacani and Lawrence Welk in my husband's mind, I rolled my eyes wondering if the offer was self-serving or a genuine heartfelt gesture. However, as I know my German-Catholic mother from Liebenthal loves polka music, I conceded that it was a great idea.

January 06, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists

Republicans Won. Now What?

What happens when the dog catches the car? Now that the Republicans control the Senate, will they continue to be the party of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories?

January 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Should Politicians Be Sworn in on the Bible?

Now that dust from the midterms has settled, thousands of politicians-elect are taking office. In the predictably rough climate of American politics, there is serious controversy.

January 04, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

The Battle of New Orleans: The Bicentennial

Just a reminder: January 8 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, the last major encounter of The War of 1812.

January 04, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Get Ready for Terrorism on Soft Targets

Get ready for our already ugly and violent 21st century to be the century of soft targets for terrorists. The number of places where people feel safe will diminish as terrorists pick new venues to increase body counts -- and grab more of that new and mainstream media publicity that helps with recruitment.

January 04, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

The Gifts They Should’ve Gotten

Hey guys. Did this whole crazy holy daze madcap bedlam thing sneak up on you this year, making the world speed up like a maglev Bullet Train going downhill lit by a strobe, like it did us? There's a perfectly reasonable explanation.

January 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Sony gets last laugh

The Sony hacking story is the gift that keeps on giving. It's got it all: cyber crime, international intrigue, political posturing - plus a tantalizing trove of corporate and celebrity gossip.

January 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Thanks North Korea

Thank you, North Korea. Your alleged cyber attack on Sony has, I hope, awakened the American people.

December 31, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Adios, Rick Perry

To me Rick Perry will always be the guy who screwed up my book deal.

December 31, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Never Take Gun Advice From a Liberal

What part of "Hey, Kids! Steal your parents' guns and bring them to school!" sounds like a bad idea?

December 30, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

The Real Meaning of the 1914 Christmas Truce

One hundred years ago last week, on Christmas Eve, 1914, German and British soldiers emerged from the horrors of World War One trench warfare to greet each other, exchange food and gifts, and to wish each other a Merry Christmas. What we remember now as the "Christmas Truce" began with soldiers singing Christmas carols together from in the trenches. Eventually the two sides climbed out of the trenches and met in person. In the course of this two day truce, which lasted until December 26, 1914, the two sides also exchanged prisoners, buried their dead, and even played soccer with ...

December 30, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists

2015 Some Near-Sure Bets For The New Year

Sure, we humans like to think of a new year as a blank slate; but deep down we know that history repeats itself. We know that along with the unexpected revelations and unpredictable fads, 2015 will bring us more NFL rap sheets, Facebook privacy settings reconfigurations, fracking debates, "stand somebody else's ground" military actions, sighs over a "do nothing" Congress, major retailer security breaches and warnings of a comet that may or may not strike in 37 years.

December 28, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Who Cares About America?

We stand at the brink of a new year. Our country will enter it in social, economic, and racial upheaval unlike any other since the late 1960s. These days, who really cares about America?

December 28, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Praying for a White Christmas

The snow started coming down hard a few hours after we'd arrived.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

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Now It's Liberals Pushing the 'War on Christmas'

I spent a good part of one afternoon last week making a parody of the whole "Little Red Cup" controversy. The most recent iteration of ...

November 18, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Paris and What Should Be Done

The horrific attacks in Paris on Friday have, predictably, led to much over-reaction and demands that we do more of the exact things that radicalize ...

November 18, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Poverty From a Different Point of View

Today, more Americans than ever receive some sort of government assistance, much of which can genuinely be described as "handouts." Welfare-to-work standards, a bipartisan gem ...

November 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Starbucks Cups and the Internet Idiocracy

Isn't it nice to know that even in a time of international crisis - ISIS, Syria, Putin - some Americans still make time to freak out ...

November 17, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

No school on parade day? What kids really learned that day

Everyone is still talking about the Royals parade. It seems the only people complaining are those upset that school was canceled. Hordes of school districts ...

November 15, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

Politicians Peddle Fear Because it Works

Politicians and activists throughout the ideological spectrum use fear tactics to win.

November 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

A Good Republican Slugfest

A funny thing happened at the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night.

November 15, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

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