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To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace

After huddling with his war council in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says we've got the "ingredients of the strategy" to achieve a "lasting defeat" over ISIS. Some Senate Republicans claim that ISIS is going to kill us all in our sleep even as the U.S.-led coalition has the Islamic State forces playing defense for a change, but killing bad guys is the relatively easy part. As we learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, the hard part is to win a peace that can last, and the strategy Carter outlined last week seems like a smart way to ...

March 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Message. Message. Who's Got the Message?

Don't look now, but the Democratic Party is undergoing an identity crisis of such monumental proportions, the Dissociative Identity Disorder people have called and are requesting artifacts for their Hall of Fame. They're going to put Obama's basketball hoop right next to Sally Field's purple crayon.

March 04, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Secret Benefits to Stupid Comments

An offensively stupid comment by influential and presumably smart people sometimes brings awareness to a subject that would otherwise be largely ignored.

March 03, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Olbermann: The Once and Former King

Keith Olbermann should be used to this by now. Two-bit, Class B second tier provocateurs can't be terribly surprised when they're disciplined for the umpteenth time. They thrive on reaction, court controversy and have a masterful way of turning justified castigation into unjustified persecution. Among this motley crew of the mediocre, Olbermann used to be king.

March 03, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Altruism No Substitute for Helping Yourself

We like to be kind to other people.

March 01, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump's in the Clown Car

Well, the joke's on us. Remember during the recent "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special when Sarah Palin conducted a faux Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld? It went like this:

March 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Justice Selection

Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many "things Texan." For example, they acclaim Governor Rick Perry's conservative leadership and praise Texas' lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas' system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

February 27, 2015 | Lawton Nuss | Columnists


Snow's Silver Lining

I admit it: I love the snow and the cold.

February 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Big Government and Fat Taxes

How much should the government fine people whose children are deemed by (some) well-meaning bureaucrats as "obese?"

February 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Interventionism Kills: Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by U.S. and European governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.

February 26, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Time for a Real Conversation About War

My oldest son is handsome, smart, and, in the words of my old boss Ann Richards, very nearly perfect. I love him boundlessly, so it hurts me to know that his homeland has been at war for every single day of his life except for a few months in 2001 when he couldn't yet crawl. Now he's shaving, and for the first time in his life he might get to witness a real discussion about going to war.

February 25, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Up Is Down

I'd advise you to sit down, pour yourself a beer and take a deep breath. You're about to hear something that will change your life. Forever. Are you relaxed?

February 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Are You Dying To Write Your Own Obituary?

Are you an unsung hero? Do those you encounter not appreciate the "real" you? Must you always having the last word?

February 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Jeb Lugs Dubya's Weighty Baggage

Jeb Bush insists he's not his brother's keeper, but, alas, he's stuck being his brother's baggage schlepper.

February 24, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Obama's Plan to Regulate the Internet Risks Content Control

Proponents of President Obama's 332-page plan to regulate the Internet insist they oppose content control. They even style themselves defenders of free speech. But there is a very serious risk that changing the Internet from an unregulated free enterprise into a heavily-regulated public utility will lead over time to content control.

February 22, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | 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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