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School Days, School Days

When I first read that the San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to give 107 students high school diplomas, even though the students has not met the requirements for graduation, I naturally assumed it was a case of educrats bending the rules to boost graduation statistics.

September 06, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Labor Day: 12 Random Thoughts

Local schools started in early August, I haven't checked in on the MDA Telethon since Jerry Lewis was ousted as host and my family has no particular Labor Day traditions; but I do find myself pondering the holiday that salutes the accomplishments of America's workers.

September 06, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Shining examples of greatness, forged in the fire of adversity

About every month, another parenting book arrives at Barnes & Noble. I bought the most recent arrival and skimmed it quickly - entitled "How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success," by Julie Lythcott-Haims.

September 06, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

If Yesterday's News Came Today

One of my favorite movies is "Jurassic Park." Actually, that's not true. One of my 6-year-old nephew's favorite movies is "Jurassic Park," which means we watch it on a loop.

September 04, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Donald Trump and the River of Slime

All I really need to know about Donald Trump I learned from "Ghostbusters II." An undercurrent of hate and fear-a river of slime, if you will-is fueling his march toward the Republican nomination. How far this takes him depends on whether, as Ray the Ghostbuster put it, we can summon what is best about America before it's too late.

September 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Brightsides to the Perpetual Campaign

It's easy to tell the end of summer the year before a presidential election is nigh, because that bothersome quadrennial buzzing noise is back. And no, we're not talking about candidates riding the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Iowa State Fair after eating pork on a stick.

September 03, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Blame the Fed for Stock Market Crash

Following Monday's historic stock market downturn, many politicians and so-called economic experts rushed to the microphones to explain why the market crashed and to propose "solutions" to our economic woes. Not surprisingly, most of those commenting not only failed to give the right answers, they failed to ask the right questions.

September 03, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Does Beach Crowding Mean People LIKE Warm Weather?

Using a new scientific breakthrough that measures the increase in Beryllium-10, researchers have discovered the Koch brothers are thousands of years older than previously thought. This sudden increase in maturity puts the Klimate Kriminal Kochs in fairly august company. Polar bears, Peking Man, Stonehenge and Ebola are also now thought to be much older than previously assumed.

September 02, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Baseball's Botched Scoring

Here's how Major League Baseball logged the first play in a Giants-Cubs game the other night: "Kyle Schwarber doubles on a pop up to pitcher Jake Peavy." Whaa?

September 02, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Will Joe Biden 'Feel the Tingle?'

The latest Joe Biden speculation basically falls into two categories: He's leaning toward a presidential bid (unless he isn't), and he's a potentially formidable candidate (unless he isn't). Truth is, nobody really knows. And that includes Joe, who at most has another month - until the run-up to the first Democratic debate on Oct. 13 - to make up his mind.

September 01, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Trump is All Talk

Donald Trump is the first talk radio candidate.

September 01, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Reflections on CKMC and the passing of an era

Count me along with pretty much everyone else who is awash in nostalgia with the tear down of the Central Kansas Medical Center. Some readers probably have fond reflections about becoming moms on the birthing ward. Or seeing their parents discharged after a life-threatening emergency and greeting them with balloons, tears, hugs. Or perhaps being present when it was dedicated so many years ago.

August 30, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

EPA: The Cure's Usually Worse Than the 'Disease'

Like the road to Hell, liberal ideas are usually paved with good intentions. But, as Ronald Reagan once said, "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so." And all that vast un-knowledge births monster government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, which end up doing more harm than good.

August 30, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

America's Heroin Epidemic

There were so many people buying "breakfast bags" of heroin from street dealers one Philadelphia morning, the traffic came to a standstill - and the dealers cursed at anyone who dared honk.

August 30, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Marble Poisoning

It's a race to the outside. Avoid the middle like the plague. The goal is to not be one with the pack. Even the most conservative of Republicans knows they have to move beyond the rock-solid, standard-bearer of the party line. Anybody who wants the nomination today has to show some flash, be a rebel, an iconoclast, wear a puffy shirt. Wild and wacky is the new name of the electioneering game.

August 28, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

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When Lewd Talk Washes Away Meaningful Facts

"My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and ...

October 13, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

A Bruising, Surreal 90 Minutes Between Trump and Clinton

Donald Trump may not have inflicted any further damage on his badly listing presidential candidacy on Sunday night, but it's unlikely he expanded his ...

October 12, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Suffering from Election Stress Disorder

"Five more weeks before the election. I'm not sure I can survive that long."

October 12, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

2016 Election Choices: Guaranteed Disaster or Risky River Landing

An 11-year old lewd comment by Donald Trump that the Clinton campaign dredged from the sewer reminds us America is in a nose dive and ...

October 11, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Not-So-Conservative Chris Christie

To say New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is skipping.. um.. trudging.. out of office, loading up Jersey drivers with a 250 percent increase in the ...

October 11, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Missing the Connection Between Politicians and Consequences

Today we have two widely separated instances of voters unable to grasp the connection between the people they elect to office and the policies and ...

October 10, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Perfect Pence

Now that was a debate.

October 10, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Hillary Clinton Channels Her Inner Seinfeld

In politics as in comedy, timing is everything.

October 08, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

The Historic Preservation Act: 50 Fun Years

A disturbing number of the rustic 19th-century farmhouses, quaint dry goods emporiums and fascinatingly grimy automotive garages I remember from childhood have, over the years ...

October 08, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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