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A commencement speaker at Point Park University here urged graduates to brush their teeth. Whether she was grasping at a clever metaphor for handling life after college or she actually felt that a diploma along with good dental hygiene were keys to happiness, I couldn't tell. Commencement speeches come in many flavors.

May 08, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Senator Pat Roberts listening tour

Over the latest Congressional work period, I conducted a 20 county, 2,000 mile listening tour, traveling from eastern Kansas to counties on the Colorado and Nebraska borders and back again. I spoke to farmers and ranchers, took part in a technical broadband summit, toured hospitals, met with students, visited a major oil fracking site, and held numerous town hall meetings.

May 07, 2014 | Senator Pat Roberts | Columnists


Republicans Fail to Offer Viable Option to Obamacare

When I cast my Senate vote for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, I had a lot of mixed feelings. The bill certainly didn't do everything I had hoped for, and I knew parts of it would have to be revised by future Congresses. But I was sure that the health-care system we had was broken, and the ACA went at least part of the way toward fixing it.

May 07, 2014 | Ted Kaufman | Columnists


Lazy Stupid Ham Butts

It wasn't what you would call the most favorable week for old white racist men. Then again, these weeks, not many are. How bad did it get for ancient intolerant caucasian males? Bowling ball dropped on your little toe from a height of nine feet bad. Brazilian soccer stampede bad. Donald Trump testifying at your rent-hearing bad.

May 06, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


A Call to National Service

"Where did you serve?"

May 06, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Bundy, Sterling and America’s Race-O-Rama

America has just had its jolting Michael Corleone moment.

May 04, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


No Room in America for ‘Plantation Mentality’

Donald Sterling is a despicable human being. The racist landowner and L.A. Clippers owner's years of racist activity included evicting a "smelly black woman" from her apartment because she complained about the leaking plumbing.

May 04, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Phone Addiction Not So Smart

Get this: People are becoming addicted to their smartphones.

May 02, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Mother’s Day: Here’s Your Column!

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. And necessity (my looming deadline) has forced me to invent a connection between Mother's Day and Red Buttons.

May 02, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Words will come back to bite you

God bless America, and how's everybody?

May 01, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Prayer: Now more than ever

In this contemporary world it is easy to dismiss as old-fashioned the idea that prayer has a role in our public sphere. Indeed the U.S. Supreme Court is even taking up a case by those opposed to prayer at government meetings. But irrespective of modernity, national prayer has always played a critical role in shaping our great nation. Prayer binds man to one another, and it shows that even with great power entrusted to them our leaders have called upon the Almighty in times of need and of thanksgiving. In fact, the first national call to prayer in America ...

May 01, 2014 | By Rep. Tim Huelskamp | Columnists


The Fallacy of Common Sense

It used to be common sense that the earth was flat. Then it was common sense that the earth was the center of the universe. Now it's common sense that you can use a student's test scores to measure a teacher's effectiveness. But that idea, called the "Value-Added Method" or VAM, came crashing to earth recently when Washington state became the first state to lose a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver-and the money that goes along with it-because it could not come up with a way to use test scores to judge teachers.

April 30, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Sterling’s message is loud and clear

The issue brought to light in the Donald Sterling matter is this: Neither passing legislation nor even electing a black president can cleanse all minds of evil thoughts.

April 30, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Bad Penny Boehner Just Won’t Go Away

The stupefyingly stubborn John Boehner is at it again. A week ago at a Las Vegas fundraiser, the House speaker audaciously said that he's hell-bent on passing an immigration bill this year. Then at the exclusive Brown's Run Country Club in his Ohio home district, Boehner publicly ridiculed his fellow House Republicans for refusing to fall in line. Said Boehner in a whining voice intended to disparage uncooperative Republicans: "Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard."

April 29, 2014 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Nerds have come full circle

A tsunami of tech is engulfing our nation, and in the process, redecorating communities like a family of grizzly bears locked in a Volkswagen van. A family of obscenely paid bespectacled grizzly bears with a taste for artisanal toast.

April 29, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


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Will We Choose Freedom in 2016?

One of the greatest gifts my hardworking, blue-collar father gave me when I was young was the belief that no one owes me anything. His ...

January 27, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Kindergarten is not the First Grade

A couple years ago, my wife and I sat with a friend who complained that her kindergarten son had homework to do.

January 26, 2016 | Rob Tornoe | Columnists


Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War

While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the scenes to rush through the Senate what ...

January 26, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Memories are the true trophies of the Pinewood Derby

In the universe of parenting young children, January is a dead zone of dreadful nothingness. Christmas gifts break or worse - become obsolete - cabin fever sets ...

January 24, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


More Exploitation of Students

Yes, I hung up on an interview subject live on the air during my afternoon radio show. She was a spokesweasel for a website abetting ...

January 24, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The White Actors Matter Academy Awards

"Black Lives Matter" - except in Tinseltown.

January 24, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Typo that Bloated a Nation

For decades Americans have been laboring under a misconception that has fueled the growth of Jenny Craig, stretched spandex to the limit and turned people-watching ...

January 22, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Fear-Free Veterinary Clinics: Barking Up The Right Tree?

According to ABC News, a growing number of veterinarians work in "fear-free" clinics.

January 22, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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