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Republicans made the choice as simple as ‘Star Wars’

This weekend, millions of Americans will flock to theaters for the premiere of The Last Jedi, the latest episode of the Star Wars series. There is plenty that fans find appealing about the sci-fi epic, from the outlandish creatures to the human conflict and the iconic quotes to John Williams' beautiful scoring.

December 18, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Swamp insider: ‘With Trump, you never know’

When a journalist on the immigration beat sits down to write a column, he never has to wonder if he'll find fresh material. Rather, the challenge is which of the half dozen developments since he last opined should he write?

December 18, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Remember nursing home patients at Christmas

At this festive time of year, it is good to remember those who will probably never again personally experience "city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style."

December 16, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Time to change the White House press briefing

In the immediate aftermath of the resignation of Sean Spicer as White House press secretary, a discussion arose over whether to continue the televised daily press briefings.

December 16, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


California wildfires, horses and celebrities

News reports about California wildfires often seem to focus on horses, celebrities and schadenfreude. Sometimes fire victims suffer a second time from the crazy news coverage.

December 14, 2017 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists


Top 10 Comedic News Stories of 2017

Put down the nog. Let in the dog. Delay your spouse's jog. Buy a mask for the smog. Alert the press in Prague. Because the eagerly awaited list of Top Ten Comedic News Stories of the Year has finally arrived. It truly is... the most wonderful time of the year.

December 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Virginia politicians surprised drivers object to destination tax

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) opened a new toll road recently. The highway has been in existence since 1982, but the toll gantries are new. Rush hour tolling, between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m., is a test of how badly you want to reach The Swamp.

December 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


My warm winter nights with Roberto Clemente

I first saw Roberto Clemente in 1955 when he was a 21-year-old outfielder playing for the Santurce Crabbers, a Puerto Rican Winter League team. My family had just moved from Dodger-less Los Angeles so that my father could take an assignment as a plant supervisor in Carolina, Clemente's birthplace.

December 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Muslim ban persists, but why?

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the Trump Administration's wish to fully implement the "travel ban" while challenges to the policy work their way through lower courts. This is the third iteration of the president's efforts to prohibit anyone from six specifically listed countries - most of which happen to have Muslim-majority populations - from visiting the United States.

December 12, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


The Elf on the Edge: A Christmas irritation

Several years ago, my family was presented with a gift that, since then, has become a national Christmas holiday phenomenon - The Elf on the Shelf.

December 12, 2017 | Jason Graves | Columnists


Two horrible actions for Republicans

President Trump won the election as a populist. He excoriated everyone else in the primaries. His voters loved him for calling out Clinton as "Crooked Hillary."

December 11, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Crashing the DC Men’s Club

I finally get why President Trump tweets.

December 11, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


‘Help me, Dad’

Days after the cruel, unjust not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle trial, Americans are still raging over the decision. Regardless of people's opinions about immigration, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate's acquittal on murder charges is a travesty, and adds to the already immeasurable pain the Steinle family and other families have suffered as a result of crimes committed by illegal aliens. Even the ultra-illegal immigrant advocate San Francisco Chronicle editorialized that the verdict did not serve justice.

December 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Hottest baby names of 2018? Don’t know, don’t care

It's a dreaded holiday tradition. Couples who are expecting a child (or trying to conceive) receive unsolicited naming ideas (some casually suggested, some "suggested" with intense pressure) at family gatherings.

December 09, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


No, Trump doesn’t stand above the law

Hey, did you know that President Donald Trump can't be found guilty of obstruction of justice?

December 07, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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Sock it to me: ‘Laugh-In’ iturns 50

Am I excited about the upcoming (January 22) 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking NBC comedy-variety series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"?

January 13, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


My computer needs an attitude adjustment

We have new time clocks here at the Great Bend Tribune.

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


Jared Kushner is bad for Middle East peace

Diplomacy is not a transactional affair. This seems lost on self-proclaimed Middle East expert and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. The ever-increasing number of questionable business ...

January 11, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


A few 2018 predictions

Time for a few choice words for the not-so-dearly departed year of 2017. And those words are... "You sucked. Go away. Stay there. Keep it ...

January 11, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


The part-time presidency of Donald Trump

Note to self: When it's time to sit down and talk with my bosses about my next steps as an opinion editor and all-around-columnist ...

January 10, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Frigid winter SAD for Anti-Trumpers

Boy, it's cold across America.

January 10, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Protests in Iran require care and nuance

In the final days of 2017, protests erupted and quickly spread to cities across the country of Iran. More than a week later, a government ...

January 09, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Steve Bannon’s spontaneous combustion

It's been said that death was a good career move for Elvis. It remains to be seen if Steve Bannon's Watch-Me-Burn-Down-My-Career Tour will ...

January 09, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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