July 6, 2015

Will Congressional spending pigs squeal this summer?

Rick Manning
Guest Columnist
Summer is here, and in Congress that means it is spending season. The time when appropriators’ eyes turn to buying those extra little frills that make being a Member of Congress such fun. The budget has …

College athletics overshadow college academics

John Schrock
Guest Columnist
“March Madness” is over. Now name the strong academic programs at Duke University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Kentucky, or Michigan State University?
Most Americans can identify their mascots. Most can tell you which …

Stop blaming borrowers, hold predatory lenders accountable

LeeAnn Hall
Guest Columnist
Years after Toni Potter’s husband passed away from pancreatic cancer, debt collectors in her state of Washington were still relentlessly hounding her about his hospital bills.
Andrea Anderson, a young student in Oregon, has been saddled …

Counter OPEC’s power by boosting American crude oil exports

J.Michael Barrett
Guest Columist
The national average for a gallon of gasoline is quickly approaching just $2. Drivers can mostly thank the highest level of domestic oil production in four decades — over 9 million barrels per day — for …

Brian Williams helped pave the way to U.S. war

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
The scandal of the month is NBC anchor Brian Williams’s shabby bid for self-glorification by falsely claiming he was in a U.S. military helicopter forced to land in the Iraqi desert after being hit by ground …

States, federal government, political parties hold to a James Bond complex

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
Today, American politicians of both major parties — conservatives, “moderates,” and so-called liberals alike — insist that the United States is an “exceptional,” even “indispensable” nation. In practice, this means that for the United States alone …

Restoring trade with Cuba makes moral sense

Sen. Jerry Moran
R-Kansas
Guest Columnist
I often say Kansans will try anything once – sometimes twice or even three times. But if we have been trying something for more than five decades and it has yet to work, it …

Chamber will institute slow, meaninful change

Jason Camis
Chamber President
Guest Columnist
The last two weeks I’ve given you “Jason Camis 101” and “Chamber of Commerce 101.” While I know that many people are eager to hear concrete plans for the chamber, be it big or …

Future of Chamber of Commerce holds promise

Jason Camis
Chamber President
Guest Columnist
Did you know that in September 1975 – a few months after I was born – a group of business leaders in Gardner got together and formed an organization to “advance the economic, industrial, …

Republican control of U.S. Congress does not bode well for peace lovers

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
As we face the new year, the biggest concern for peace lovers is Republican control of the U.S. Senate. While Republican votes don’t reach the key number 60, members of the GOP will still be in …