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It's a GOP Stampede

Every concerned American - or, at minimum, Jimmy Kimmel and John Oliver - is eager to learn who's next in the Republican presidential free-for-all.

June 02, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Shutting Down Conservative Discourse

There are a lot of things I don't like. Jello molds with miniature marshmallows trapped inside the viscous goo. The smell of sweat on the subway. Subways. Sequels (except for the Godfather II). Mosquitos, malaria, musk, Massachusetts and pretty much everything else that begins with an "m." We're not talking hatred here, just low grade aversion. Let's call this "Dislike Speech."

June 02, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Bystander Nation

For all intents and purposes the Savopoulos family were good, civic-minded residents of Washington, DC.

June 02, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


When Bait Shops Ruled the Universe

In 1969 my hometown of 18,000 had four grocery stores, seven liquor stores and one big box store -- Gibson's Discount. But in the universe occupied by three Keenan boys, our city had only one of the most important business -- the bait shop. When you spent all day everyday outdoors like we did, you defined your self worth by what you could catch, clean and have mom deep fat fry. And nothing was more important that getting good bait. Minnows, frogs, crawdads, goldfish, salamanders, worms.

June 01, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Conservative Christians Miscount

I don't care how popular the Duggar family and their TLC reality show "19 Kids & Counting" is with Christian conservatives.

May 31, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Thank You, Nebraska Republicans!

I've never quite understood why Republicans will jump to trash talk big government-gleefully calling to eradicate the IRS, NSA, EPA, CIA, etc.-all while embracing the death penalty. As the abundant field of GOP presidential hopefuls all vie to woo the same group of hyper-conservative white evangelicals which make up the party's base, not one of them has attempted to make the case against the government killing its own citizens. For years the tea party has engrossed our national conversation with their reflexive distrust of all things publicly funded. Even so the sentence of death carried out by ...

May 31, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Singing Those Graduation Blues

May 20, 2015 was one of the most bittersweet days of my life.

May 29, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Left's Dumb and Dumber Wars

Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19.

May 29, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Does This Ballistic Vest Make Me Look Fat?

Developments on the women-in-combat front are cause for concern, even for leftists that have made cognitive dissonance a way of life, because the women don't seem to be holding up their end of the ideological bargain.

May 28, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Last Week in Poly Ticks

And now, your weekly update from the world of poly ticks.

May 28, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock

The EPA proposal to impose a de facto ban on new coal-fired power plants received more than two million comments from the public - but it looks like it was just one five-page comment from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) that sent EPA scrambling back to the drawing board.

May 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Debate Dilemma: How to Cull the Republican Herd

This is more daunting than a Rubik's cube: How in the world do you fit as many as 18 Republican candidates on one debate stage?

May 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Christie Dead Wrong About Spying

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave an impressive performance this week, glorifying the unconstitutional NSA program collecting and recording every American's digital communication.

May 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


13 Things Reader's Digest Won't Tell You

If not for my son Gideon (age 11), I might have missed my deadline this week.

May 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Memorial Day

What's our national debt? The financial one that comes to mind is subservient to a second and deeper national debt.

May 24, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


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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


A Comatose Man Wakes to the 2016 Election

"Where am I?" asked the man from his hospital bed.

August 10, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The American People Can't Be Trusted

So the conventions are over and we've entered the penultimate stage of this presidential demolition derby. Your muted murmurs of"yippee" and "hooray" have ...

August 10, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump's Tanking Numbers Hurting Other Candidates

There are two sets of numbers, both related and intertwined, that should keep Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) awake at night.

August 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Bureaucrats to Dump Billions in Student Loans on Taxpayers

Regulations are flying out the door in in Washington, where an already hyper-aggressive Obama administration is looking at its last chance to move its agenda ...

August 09, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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