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Late-Night Comedians on Trump & Clinton

This presidential campaign is the nuttiest in my lifetime but at least America is maintaining its sense of humor.

July 20, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What I Brought With Me to the Republican National Convention

The national political conventions are a lot like professional wrestling. Sure, we know what's going to happen, but every four years, it's fun to see who's throwing around chairs and getting slammed into the turnbuckle.

July 20, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


In Wake of Baton Rouge, Like Lives, All Words Matter

When we sow the wind, we should not be surprised when we reap a whirlwind.

July 19, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Opinion! Read All About It!

For as long as there have been printed newspapers there has been drama on page one in the form of NEWS! Only lately, as print struggles, is there much ado about OPINION!

July 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Paul Ryan Reflects Real Republican Values

I watched Paul Ryan's town hall on CNN this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight crush on the House Speaker.

July 18, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Rest In Peace, King of the Hobby Magazines

I don't make a hobby out of collecting obituaries, but sometimes I stumble across one that particularly moves me.

July 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


It's Not the Gun's Fault

It happened after Sandy Hook.

July 16, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Take a Breath, Folks, 2016 is not 1968

The latest fad, propagated by many members of the commentariat, is to equate the America of 2016 with the America of 1968. I heard it more recently from Chuck Todd of NBC News: "Not since the summers of the '60s and violence in Watts, Detroit, and Chicago has the nation felt so hopelessly divided."

July 16, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A Warning on Drug Pricing from Bill Gates

One of the most popular punching bags on the presidential campaign trail this year is America's biopharmaceutical industry. Bashing drug companies was telegraphed early on as a key Democratic strategy to shift the blame for the failure of Obamacare to contain health care costs away from the Democratic/insurance industry alliance that wrote the law. Unfortunately, their policy proposals, designed to suppress drug prices, are likely to cause far more harm than good.

July 14, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Black and White and Traffic Stops

A couple of years back, when I was driving down to Florida, I got pulled over on U.S. Route 41 in a little town called Waldo near Gainesville.

July 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Farmers Markets Deserve Support

The farmers market here is a rousing event, filling the town square with dozens of produce vendors from around the state and local bands providing nonstop music. It's also one of the most tightly-governed markets in the nation.

July 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Who Will Win the Hillary Clinton Veepstakes?

A Vice Presidential pick is a defining moment in a campaign, motivating nominees to utilize unique strategies. Some try to accentuate their heavyweight status by partnering up with less vibrant versions of themselves in what might be called the "Bad Xerox Without Any Toner" maneuver. Think... Dan Quayle.

July 13, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Nostalgic for the Drive-in Theater

Here's something I miss more each summer: the drive-in movie theater.

July 12, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If Nothing Else, FBI Chief Exposed Clinton's Incompetence

When I mentioned that I'd probably vote for Donald Trump if no viable alternative presented itself, dozens of readers begged me to stop writing such ridiculous and/or dangerous things.

July 12, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Who will win the Donald Trump Veepstakes?

Now that the presumptive nominees are set, the presidential campaign has officially entered its "begging for money like we're raising bail for our little sister who's being held in a Turkish prison" stage. And a pre-convention lull has descended upon the proceedings like a moist blanket of sulk. Not to be confused with the post-convention lull, which will be similar but ratcheted up by a desperation factor of four.

July 11, 2016 | Will Durst | 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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