February 13, 2016

Put this coal kingpin in the stocks

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist Disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship didn’t get what he deserves in his recent federal trial. But he richly deserves what he got. “Guilty,” declared all 12 West Virginia jurors, who convicted this arrogant and avaricious former CEO of Massey Energy of willfully conspiring to violate America’s mine safety laws. As a Continue Reading

Bill of rights: what individual rights would you guarantee today?

Doug Anstaett Kansas Press Association Guest columnist Dec. 15, 2015 is the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. If you would, play along with me with the following assumption: You’ve been asked to sit on a blue ribbon commission that will take a fresh look at those first 10 amendments to Continue Reading

Furry gifts are a lifetime commitment

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist Ahhh Christmas. Such a special time of year. The season brings out the best and, I am afraid worst in people. I am a follower of Facebook. I get to visit with cousins and friends and people I really like to chat with. I like to scan the groups here in Continue Reading

Industrial farmers are dousing crops with fracking chemicals

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist Ask anyone who’s lived through California’s drought: Water scarcity is getting scary. And banning long showers isn’t even a drop in the bucket when it comes to finding a solution. The biggest water sponge by far is food production, yet agri-giants continue to douse their vast fields like there’s no tomorrow. Continue Reading

The Patriot Act allows government to snoop in citizens’ private life

John Kiriakou Guest Columnist I sometimes say the government turned me into a dissident — after I spent 14 years at the CIA and two more at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I only say it half-jokingly. While I’m proud of winning this year’s PEN Center’s First Amendment award, I never intended to make a Continue Reading

Christmas ornaments highlight special memories

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist Who doesn’t know what time of year this is? We have had Christmas thrust upon us since before Halloween. The stress level and annoyance can be overwhelming. I am the youngest of four children. Our parents have passed many years ago. My children have grown and have lives of their own. Continue Reading

Shopping locally spurs hometown businesses

Jason Camis Chamber President Guest Columnist As I get older, I try to make my holidays just a little better than last year. When I was younger, in my 20s, I didn’t care much for the holidays. I had many reasons for this feeling, but I’m happy to say that I longer think like that. Continue Reading

Trump’s deportation program draws fire

Robert Romano Guest Columnist “12 million illegal immigrants, to send them back, 500,000 a month, is just not — not possible.” That was former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush at the Fox Business-Wall Street Journal Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wis. on Nov. 10, stating that deporting illegal immigrants — all of them — would Continue Reading

Trump offers GOP lessons on immigration

Yuri Vanetik & Thomas Tucker Guest Columnists Polls indicate that support for Donald Trump is plateauing  while key challengers like Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio are quickly gaining ground. If this trend continues and Trump flames out, the Republican establishment shouldn’t simply dismiss his candidacy as a fad. There are lessons to be Continue Reading

Compensation disclosures measure CEO greed

Sam Pizzigati Guest Columnist Should corporations in America have to annually reveal how much they pay their most typical workers compared to how much they pay their CEOs? In 2010, Congress embraced that idea. Lawmakers plugged into the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision that requires major U.S. corporations to Continue Reading