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Overreaching in Plain English

Get this: The federal government is trying to explain things to citizens in plain English.

March 08, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

Two years ago, Hugo Chavez finally joined the Great People's Labor Revolution in the sky, or deep under the ground, depending on your point of view.

March 08, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


John Keenan – reflections on a life well lived

When I learned on Thursday that John Keenan had passed away, Uncle John to me – though we were actually first cousins – there were many thoughts that came to mind. Foremost was the trip in August, 1971 I took with John, Ersa, and their son Mike to the American Legion National baseball championship playoffs in Billings, Montana. I was 12. John was a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and if there was young talent playing somewhere, someplace, John was usually in the stands, stop watch, pencil and program in hand.

March 08, 2015 | by Matt Keenan | Columnists


U.S. Combat Forces In Vietnam: The Fiftieth Anniversary

One of my late father's favorite trick questions was, "What does a cat learn if it jumps on a hot stove burner?"

March 06, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Hillary Gets Busted for Secrecy (Again)

Is any remotely viable Democrat prepared to step up and challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016? Because she deserves to be scrutinized by a competitive opponent - more so than ever, now that she's been busted anew for engaging in classic Clintonian secrecy.

March 06, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Department of Homeland Security: What is it Good For

Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama's executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill.

March 05, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Giuliani a Reflection of Everyday Republicans

Things have gone quiet about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's widely denounced comments about President Barack Obama, but that doesn't mean the controversy is history.

March 05, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace

After huddling with his war council in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says we've got the "ingredients of the strategy" to achieve a "lasting defeat" over ISIS. Some Senate Republicans claim that ISIS is going to kill us all in our sleep even as the U.S.-led coalition has the Islamic State forces playing defense for a change, but killing bad guys is the relatively easy part. As we learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, the hard part is to win a peace that can last, and the strategy Carter outlined last week seems like a smart way to ...

March 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Message. Message. Who's Got the Message?

Don't look now, but the Democratic Party is undergoing an identity crisis of such monumental proportions, the Dissociative Identity Disorder people have called and are requesting artifacts for their Hall of Fame. They're going to put Obama's basketball hoop right next to Sally Field's purple crayon.

March 04, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Secret Benefits to Stupid Comments

An offensively stupid comment by influential and presumably smart people sometimes brings awareness to a subject that would otherwise be largely ignored.

March 03, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Olbermann: The Once and Former King

Keith Olbermann should be used to this by now. Two-bit, Class B second tier provocateurs can't be terribly surprised when they're disciplined for the umpteenth time. They thrive on reaction, court controversy and have a masterful way of turning justified castigation into unjustified persecution. Among this motley crew of the mediocre, Olbermann used to be king.

March 03, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Altruism No Substitute for Helping Yourself

We like to be kind to other people.

March 01, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump's in the Clown Car

Well, the joke's on us. Remember during the recent "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special when Sarah Palin conducted a faux Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld? It went like this:

March 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Justice Selection

Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many "things Texan." For example, they acclaim Governor Rick Perry's conservative leadership and praise Texas' lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas' system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

February 27, 2015 | Lawton Nuss | Columnists


Snow's Silver Lining

I admit it: I love the snow and the cold.

February 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Surviving The Winter Blues

Boy, it's cold outside.

January 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Most Idiotic Reactions to the Poisoning of Flint

The poisoning of Flint, Michigan, is a national disgrace - and some of the people reacting to it have been disgraceful. Here's an abbreviated list ...

January 28, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


New Yorkie Values

To taunt his rival and sow seeds of evangelical doubt, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz informed Donald Trump that the rest of the country was concerned ...

January 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Will We Choose Freedom in 2016?

One of the greatest gifts my hardworking, blue-collar father gave me when I was young was the belief that no one owes me anything. His ...

January 27, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Kindergarten is not the First Grade

A couple years ago, my wife and I sat with a friend who complained that her kindergarten son had homework to do.

January 26, 2016 | Rob Tornoe | Columnists


Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War

While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the scenes to rush through the Senate what ...

January 26, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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