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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


Tornado Research Isn't Just Whistling Dixie

You can double-check me on this - but when Phil Harris recorded "That's What I Like About The South," he never once made mention of tornadoes.

March 06, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Collapse of Recycling

A shabbily dressed man with three bulging garbage bags in his left hand and a crutch supporting his right side waits patiently as the line snakes around the parking lot. Behind him is a stooped older woman wearing an oversized hat to shield her from the sun as she pushes a beat up baby carriage containing her cargo.

March 04, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


First They Came For the iPhones...

The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December.

March 04, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Mitt isn't Exactly Superman

The good news is that a prominent member of the cowed Republican establishment is finally speaking out against Donald Trump. The bad news is, it's Mitt Romney.

March 03, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Why We Want Our Politicians to Lie

Three studies provide insight into something we all know to be true: Politicians lie.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can Trust the FBI, Right?

This huge brouhaha between the FBI and Apple has escalated into a battle royale between the righteous and the wicked. And, as often happens, both sides are claiming to be on the side of the angels. With so many good guys in attendance, it's amazing that world-wide badness is still so pervasive. But you can't blame television for everything.

March 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Hillary Paradox

In 1992, Hillary Clinton was derided as an extreme feminazi vying for all the power the White House could offer her as First Lady. A reporter from Columbus, Ohio famously asked her, "You know, some people think of you as an inspiring female attorney mother, and other people think of you as the overbearing yuppie wife from hell. How would you describe yourself?"

March 02, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


How Joe Biden Saved the GOP's Supreme Court Fight

C-SPAN just ruined President Obama's great Supreme Court Justice nomination adventure.

March 01, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


What's Next? Voting Absentee from Prison?

Maryland Democrats are hoping that allowing 44,000 ex-cons to vote in the next statewide election will accomplish what cancer failed to do: Get rid of Republican Governor Larry Hogan.

March 01, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Now appearing at your street corner: the orthodontist

In today's culture, every adolescent falls into one of two categories: They've either had braces on their teeth or will get them. Guaranteed. Two of my sons were born with straight teeth. No matter. They got braces. Now their teeth are truly perfect, and I'm broke.

February 28, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


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Will Obama's 'Good War' in Afghanistan Continue?

Last week, as the mainstream media continued to obsess over the CIA's evidence-free claim that the Russians hacked the presidential election, President Obama quietly ...

January 10, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Trillion Reasons Why US Debt Is Incomprehensible

Get this: The U.S. Treasury says that America's debt grew by another trillion dollars in 2016.

January 10, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Don’t Expect the Media to Give Trump a Fair Shake

At first it seems the opposing political cheering sections are trying to drown out each other with cries of "sabotage!" and "hero!"

January 09, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Shortest Letter in the Bible Solves Illegal Immigration Problem

The New York Times found a vaguely Christian church that merits approval. This is harder than it seems. While the Times sets a low bar ...

January 09, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


This Isn’t the Chicago I Knew

In October 1995, the city of Chicago was the wettest and coldest place I'd visited yet.

January 07, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Can Megyn Kelly Thrive Outside the Bubble?

When the news broke Tuesday that Megyn Kelly was leaving the Fox News bubble to pursue a broader audience at NBC, my initial thought was ...

January 07, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Should Bothering Employees After Work Hours Be Illegal?

On Jan. 1, France implemented a new law that gives workers the legal "right to disconnect" from emails and other digital correspondence from co-workers and ...

January 05, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


On 2017 Resolutions

I read an article lately where the author expressed her gratefulness for life. She talked about the rough spots, the hills and valleys, the times ...

January 05, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


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