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The Powder Room Police

My father grew up in rural Texas during the 1930s. He childhood featured dirt roads, a hand-crank telephone and outhouses. Most, if not all, of the bathrooms the Shannons constructed were what is termed a "one-holer."

July 07, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Rebel Flag the Ultimate Dog Whistle

Since its reintroduction on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Confederate flag has been the source of controversy with a regularity approaching that of a Madonna comeback album. Sadly, it has been thrust into the news once more because some kid who loved it went crazy and committed an atrocity. A racially charged atrocity. Yes. Again.

July 05, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Political Correctness and the Confederate Flag

More and more people want the Confederate flag gone immediately. Before getting too hasty, though, some things must be considered.

July 05, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


I salute America

I salute...the editor of a colonial newspaper who shut down his paper rather than pay the Stamp Act tax of 1765; his last edition proclaimed liberty as "the greatest blessing human beings can enjoy"and taxation without representation as being "fettered with the chains of inimical servitude."

July 03, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


Independence Day's Importance

"Beer, family gatherings and fireworks! Gosh, I love the Fourth of July!"

July 03, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Whining is For Duffers, Not Pros

Sometimes you just have to get away from politics, if even for half a weekend.

July 02, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Obamacare Ruling is a Conservative Win

The dream of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has now been realized. Their solution-their idea for universal health care has been passed by both houses, signed by the president and upheld twice now by the Supreme Court. Yes, they call it Obamacare. Yes, they strangely call it socialism. But yes, it was their idea.

July 02, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Salon's 'Big Lie' About Guns and Mental Illness

I'm strongly in favor of keeping the mentally ill away from firearms and I'm coming around to approving any policy that keeps crazy 'journalists' away from a keyboard, too. Case in point is Salon.com writer Arthur Chu. His rant titled "It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males" makes Alex Jones sound like Dr. Phil.

July 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Why Spy on France?

According to WikiLeaks, the United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, reports Reuters. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn why.

July 01, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Personality Tests: Jobseekers Beware!

"There's no such thing as a stupid question - but we're doing our best."

June 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Ray of Hope in the Confederacy of Dunces

In the annals of political flip flops - or "evolutions," if you prefer - none have arguably rivaled the breathtaking triple back flip executed late Monday by the governor of South Carolina.

June 30, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Champions for Life

Donor support from the "Hometown Team" made fielding champions more than a possibility. A string of Kansas State American Legions titles and regional appearances would springboard the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps onto the national stage. Taking the field with the nation's best quickly advanced the understanding that the youth from a rural community in Central Kansas could compete with - and conquer – champions from every corner.

June 28, 2015 | | Columnists


California’s Water Woes Hit Home

Pundits sizing up the drought have said that water is the new oil. They're wrong, of course. Oil supplies merely send nations to war, while the water shortage pits neighbors against each other.

June 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Time for the South to Surrender

Reasonable people have suggested that removing Confederate flags from capitols, symbols from license plates, and products from Walmart shelves is mere symbolism, but it's more than that. By recognizing that flying the Confederate flag is a continuation of a treasonous act motivated by racial hatred, we can end what amounts to a 150-year-long Civil War re-enactment and move the South into what Abraham Lincoln called its "proper practical relation" to the rest of the county.

June 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Whatever Happened to Common Sense Regarding Climate Change?

Fear mongering is quite lucrative in what seems to be a burgeoning "climate change industrial complex," where certain people benefit monetarily or politically in their promotion of global catastrophic risk due to catastrophic global warming.

June 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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How to Get Americans to Watch the Olympics

Fewer Americans are watching the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro than they did prior Games. I offer a solution.

August 17, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Awaiting the Next Media Freakout over Trump

The Great American Trump Freakout is just getting started, in which anything Trump says that can be misinterpreted as evil will be.

August 16, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Donald Trump has Crossed the Line of Decency

I'm morbidly fascinated by the rhetorical mud being slung between Democrats and Republicans these days. How exhilarating to hear Hillary Clinton labeled "unstable" by ...

August 16, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


By Dick Polman Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because

Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because she's winning in the polls, we shouldn't whitewash her flaws ...

August 15, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Blows Himself Up Again

Donald Trump didn't listen.

August 15, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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


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