Letter: Voter ID is necessary

“Voter ID is necessary” Photo identification is a ubiquitous part of modern life. The thought that you have to produce a valid ID when you cash a check is acceptable, but somehow sinister to cast a vote is absurd. Why would any honest person think otherwise? Perhaps it’s because certain groups believe they benefit…

Jun. 24, 2017

Letter:Judge willfully engaging in ideological obstructionism

United States District Court Judge William H. Orrick has illegally blocked President Trump from withholding federal money for sanctuary cities. These cities are in open violation of U.S. law. By blocking Trumps order, Orrick has made himself a willing participant in the criminal activity of these sanctuary…

May. 8, 2017

Letter: Greater than Reagan?

I believe Donald Trump will surpass Ronald Reagan in greatness. The reaction of the left demonstrates how afraid of him they are. Greatness is not always measured by how many people love you, but by the ferocity of your opposition and the depths to which they will stoop. GREGORY H. BONTRAGER…

Feb. 20, 2017

 

Letter: No more freeloaders in out midst

We need to develop a way to expedite the deportation of large numbers of foreign nationals who are illegally entering or maintaining residence in the U.S. The American taxpayer should not be expected to foot the bill for people who…

Jan. 2, 2017

Letter: Democrats can’t handle Trump’s victory

What do we want? An end to sanctuary cities. When do we what it? Now. It’s time for taxpayers to stop footing the bill forundocumented immigrants who are using America as a flop house. We have a right to secure our borders from an invading army of foreigners. We must never allow ourselves to be bulliedby a…

Nov. 25, 2016

Letter: Donald Trump didn’t say anything wrong

I don’t think Donald Trump said anything that bad. A moratorium on Muslim immigration is the prudent thing to do until we get control of this mess President Barack Obama has created. This is Obama’s fault not Trump’s. Trump is not afraid to protect us from these terrorists, which is more than Obama or Hillary…

Dec. 12, 2015

Letter: Walls no panacea, but a good start

The fact is walling off our southern border with Mexico would be a relatively minor engineering feat. In areas where barriers have been erected, they have been very effective. Walls are not a panacea, but physical security is always a good starting point. The most vocal opponents of a wall on the border are sanctuary…

Oct. 10, 2015

Letter: Lives of innocent Americans should be considered in illegal immigration debate

The first time I became aware of the devastating effects of criminal activity perpetrated against American citizens by illegal aliens came shortly after I graduated from the Emergency Medical Technician program at Wichita State University. I was working as a volunteer with the Sedgwick County EMS reserve when the…

Aug. 9, 2015

Letter: Obama will hand successor a world in chaos

When President Obama leaves office on January 20, 2017, he will hand his successor a world in chaos. On every front, this man has inflicted damage that will take generations of recovery. Obama springs from the dissociative thought process of progressive liberalism. His administration has mastered the art of jumping…

Jul. 3, 2015

Letter: Clinton running incognito campaign

This is the first time I have seen a presidential candidate run a campaign incognito — from behind a pair of sunglasses and appearing in carefully staged media events. Hillary Clinton acts more like she’s being profiled on “America’s Most Wanted” than running for president of the United States. A candidate…

May. 26, 2015

 

Letter: Border crisis is third-world invasion of U.S.

The third-world invasion of the United States has begun. The invaders walk across our southern border and are cared for at taxpayer expense. At the same time, the most highly-trained soldiers in the world are receiving shoddy medical treatment at home. Among the invaders are gang members and violent criminals who call themselves as children. Is this just another unintended consequence of the most incompetent administration in history or a calculated effort to polarize the electorate along racial lines? When all you have to offer is six years of total failure, the only strategy left is to divide and conquer...

Aug. 17, 2014

Letter: Hillary's spin machine going full tilt

The Hillary Clinton spin machine is gearing up to full speed. The facts of a life dedicated to ruthless self-promotion have now become an inconvenient liability in Clinton's compulsive upstream swim to what she considers her birthright — the occupation of the White House. It's not Clinton's concern for the welfare of the American people that matters but an ego bordering on narcissism and the fact "Bubba" wants to walk the halls of the people's house again in search of unlimited access to the television camera...

Jun. 26, 2014

Letter: Obama succeeding at incompetence

If incompetence were an Olympic event, President Barack Obama would win the gold. Across the board and in every category, this Harvard-educated community organizer has set a new standard in how to mess things up. If there is a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, just stand back and let Barack be Barack. From the South China Sea to the finest health care system in the world, calamity follows in the wake of this clueless left-winger whose primary skill is standing in front of a teleprompter telling one lie after another...

Feb. 3, 2014

Letter: Obama 'hope, change' turned to 'cynicism, duplicity'

President Obama's inability to "man up" to the malfeasance connected with his administration, coupled with an inability to tell the truth, appears to be a pathological characteristic of his presidency. "Hope and change" has been replaced with an ethos of cynicism and duplicity. With the election of her husband, Michelle Obama said, "For the first time in my life, I am proud of my country." After America has been repeatedly lied to by Obama, who falsely claimed that you could keep your doctor and your health insurance, is the first lady still proud? Fortunately for the Obama family, they are exempt from Obamacare...

Dec. 16, 2013

Letter: Appreciating Reagan

The foundation for our modern military and economic growth was established during the Reagan era. All the left-wing revisionism in the world can't change that. President Ronald Reagan pulled the United States out of recession within the first two years of his administration and placed the nation on the road to unprecedented prosperity. He did this with sound economic policy and an ability to work with people of differing political views. That is an attribute profoundly lacking in the current administration...

Oct. 29, 2013

Letter: Holder beholden to wrong cause

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder won't be fired or resign because he is invaluable to President Barack Obama's plans for America. Holder can be counted on to do the bidding of his master without question. Throughout history, it has been impossible for leaders like Obama to operate without functionaries like Holder. Holder's allegiance is not to the Constitution but to his political philosophy, which benevolently masquerades behind the iron fists of such agencies as the Internal Revenue Service. With disregard for the law, this administration has shown a willingness to use government agencies in a chilling attempt to silence its political opponents...

Sep. 10, 2013

Letter: Sharpton, Jackson racially profiled Zimmerman

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson aren't interested in truth or justice. They are just making a living doing what they do best, race-baiting an innocent man. Without a wit of concern that George Zimmerman was defending himself from a violent assault by a stranger in the darkness, these men of God profiled Zimmerman based on his racial ethnicity because he dared to defend himself from an African-American assailant. These self-proclaimed leaders of the civil rights movement chose a course of high-profile demagoguery by appealing to the base instincts of the mob...

Jul. 27, 2013

Letter: Dealing with Mexican narco-terrorism

When Texas district attorney Mike McLelland and Kaufman County, Texas, prosecutor Mark Hasse were brazenly gunned down earlier this year, a chill colder than jagged steel tore through the heart of the American law enforcement community. It was widely believed these demonic murders were retaliation for the recent convictions of upper echelon gang members and that the killings bore a striking similarity to Mexican drug cartel assassinations. A disgraced Kaufman County magistrate appears to have been the perpetrator of the murders...

Jun. 7, 2013

Letter: Obama is no Reagan

If Ronald Reagan had been elected in 2008, the recession of that year would be a receding memory. Instead of fleeing the country to escape unreasonable taxation and regulation, a renaissance would be sweeping American businesses. The national coffers would be overflowing with tax revenue from a booming economy. Unemployment would be a fading nuisance and our military would be second to none. A Reagan administration would promote technologies like "fracking" and the Keystone Pipeline to make us energy independent...

Feb. 25, 2013

Letter: Obama's legacy will leave America bankrupt

While America languishes, President Obama spends time on the golf course or sunning on the beaches of Hawaii. But maybe the country would be in better shape if he spent more time frolicking and less time on the job. After all, the welfare of the nation isn't really his primary concern; it's appeasing billionaires like George Soros and union leaders like Richard Trumka. We travel down a road fraught with peril with a president whose goal seems to be driving the United States on to the list of once-great nations...

Jan. 20, 2013

 

Letter: Fox News holds administration accountable

When we watch the media's coverage of President Obama, are we viewing professional journalism or another episode of American Idol? The tough, relentless questioning that follows congressional Republicans vanishes when the media is covering the Democratic/Obama left. From Benghazi to the "fiscal cliff," the Obama regime has been given a softball pass by NBC, ABC and CBS. These once great news organizations have become grotesque caricatures as they shill for the "most transparent administration in history...

Dec. 16, 2012

Letter: Obama re-election a national mistake

With the re-election of Barack Obama the United States has officially become a banana republic. A nation that produced patriots like Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy has knowingly selected the lowest common denominator as our commander in chief. From China to Iran, the enemies of freedom can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the citizens of the United States have placed an empty suit at the helm. Selecting Obama over a man like Mitt Romney is a national embarrassment we will not soon overcome...

Nov. 10, 2012

Letter: Develop our own energy resources

The United States sits on untapped oil reserves estimated up to 2.3 trillion barrels, three times the reserves of OPEC. We are also the world's largest producer of natural gas and coal. So why do we spend billions importing petroleum from hostile powers and enriching our enemies when we are literally the energy capital of the world? This energy can be obtained safely but we allow misguided politicians and eco-radicals to block our path to energy independence and the revitalization of our economy...

Sep. 20, 2012

Letter: Obama's trip from bad to worse

I never thought I would say this, but after three and a half years of Barack Obama, the George W. Bush presidency looks like the good old days. When Bush left office, we had a moderate recession that Obama turned into a catastrophe. Our economy should be in full recovery, instead we're going from a nation of prosperity to a slum. With the most blatant campaign of political disinformation since the late Huey Long, the Obama administration brings new meaning to the lyrics "How low can you go?" What the progressive-left has forgotten is that capitalism is the measure of all prosperity, and ultimately all equality...

Aug. 7, 2012

Letter: Use our drones against druggies

We have used Predator drones effectively to eradicate anti-American terrorists throughout the world. Maybe it's time to target Mexican drug cartels. Give the Mexican government an ultimatum: Take care of business or the United States will. Let drug cartel members look to the uncertain skies with dread. GREGORY H. BONTRAGER, HUTCHINSON

Jun. 22, 2012

Letter: Bumpy road ahead

As the progressive left faces catastrophic defeat in November, we see unfolding the most divisive presidential campaign in American history. Once respected pundits like Chris Matthews and Lawrence O'Donnell, of MSNBC, have dispensed with all pretence of objectivity and have shamelessly become mouthpieces for the President Obama's progressive movement as they desperately seek to subvert mainstream American values. An evil man once said, "The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed." Thus this alien strain of progressive thought has infected the body politic of the once great Democratic Party...

May. 6, 2012

Letter: Just show the ID

We have to show a photo ID when we buy gas, cash a check and sometimes to get into work. Are we disenfranchised? If you have nothing to hide, why is showing a photo ID a problem when you vote? When did it become an act of discrimination to safeguard our most important democratic duty? Perhaps those who oppose the idea of providing verification of citizenship are counting on votes that may not be legitimate. GREGORY H. BONTRAGER, HUTCHINSON

Mar. 15, 2012

Letter: Pipeline delay a political decision

The Keystone pipeline was one of the most well-studied, environmentally safe projects in modern history. It was not blocked by President Obama because of environmental concerns. It was simply another casualty in a long list of cynical, vote-getting ploys to appease Obama's radical base of support, the American people be damned. It is clear our Chicago politician considers his re-election more important than American jobs or energy independence. Better to dump billions into Solyndra and a host of other feel-good politically correct scams...

Feb. 3, 2012

Letter: Into the abyss

America is being held hostage by the most destructive force in modern history. This malignant force didn't come from Russia or China, but the halls of Harvard and a cadre of ultra-left, America-hating higher educational organizations. The end result of this education is Barack Obama, a confused, disorganized, incompetent mentality who can only survive in the fish bowl of the cloistered halls of some Ivy League world of make believe. We find ourselves spiraling into the abyss, led by a clueless narcissist who will stop at nothing to extend his failed regime without a wit of concern that he is dragging the rest of us down with him...

Dec. 25, 2011

Letter: Obama demagogues

The Kansas congressional delegation is trying to save the nation from the total mismanagement of our entitlement programs by President Obama and his misguided supporters. Every reasonable approach taken by the Republicans to solve the entitlement problem is demagogued as an attack on those most dependent on these programs. instead of working with the Republicans, Democrats are using scare tactics to advance their political agenda. How ludicrous to hear our president speak of fighting for the middle class when the focus of his administration has been the advancement of his job-destroying progressive agenda...

Oct. 16, 2011

 

Letter: Stealing technology

While the United States slumbers, an insidious assault is being perpetrated against our nation by the People’s Republic of China. As reported by Peter Brookes, of the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. has become a virtual supermarket of unabated theft of military and commercial technology. With our preoccupation…

Sep. 4, 2011

Letter: Obama’s greatest fear

What do President Obama and the left fear more the any force on earth? The American people uniting and saying they have had enough! While such left-wing pundits as Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz try to marginalize Fox News viewers as “birthers” or gun-toting kooks, the fact remains that the vast majority…

Jul. 22, 2011

Letter: Who got bin Laden?

As America slips under the icy waters faster than the Titanic, who will save us from President Obama and the Democratic Party? Open the telephone book and select any name at random and you will likely find a more competent leader then this bungling socialist the American people have placed in our White House…

Jun. 6, 2011

Letter: Deadly greed

If the Mexican government spent as much time and energy protecting its citizens from human traffickers and drug dealers as they do race-baiting the United States, maybe a lot of suffering could be avoided. If you are worried about the Mexican people, ask the Mexican government what they are doing to protect their…

Jan. 12, 2011

Letter: Marriage game

As the market in marriage fraud grows unabated, Kansans are increasingly targeted by dishonest foreign nationals who marry citizens to gain entry into the United States. These people will use any means necessary to escape poverty and social deprivation, including destroying your reputation and financial…

Sep. 12, 2010

Letter: Invasion grows

Not only are the citizens of Arizona being invaded from Mexico, it would seem the invasion also includes mercenaries bused in from neighboring states. Evidently Arizona citizens aren’t capable of handling their problems without help from George Soros of the Open Society Institute and his crowd. As left-wing…

Aug. 6, 2010

Letter: Guard the border

When are we going to take the gloves off? With the escalating violence on the Mexican border spilling into the U.S., what better use for the thousands of soldiers retuning from Iraq and Afghanistan than to secure our southern border? I am tired of seeing my country trashed by drug dealers and human traffickers…

Jul. 1, 2010

Letter: President fiddles

As the primal scream for help comes from Arizona, our leader in Washington, D.C., plays his fiddle, cynically attempting to prop up his failing regime by aligning himself with anti-American race baiters and by misrepresenting the wording of a law designed to protect American citizens who are under siege in…

May. 23, 2010

Letter: The Obama disaster

Within a year, the full weight of the President Obama disaster has become apparent. The Democratic mantra “the stimulus saved the economy” is a lie. The stimulus is nothing more than years of pent-up, pork-barrel spending financed on a sea of borrowed Chinese cash. While schools close and…

Apr. 5, 2010

Letter: Abused orders

Protection from abuse orders were put in place to address a serious problem. Unfortunately, they have become a tool used by dishonest attorneys or vengeful spouses to extort money or seek revenge on hapless spouses. By the thousands, Kansans are labeled “abusers” by those who have a vested interest in…

Feb. 24, 2010

 

Letter: DOC role vital

Kansas Department of Corrections officers and staff provide an unseen, but nevertheless vital, role in the safety and security of the citizens of Kansas. With our decline, the lives of average Kansans will become less secure. In the midst of a declining economy, rest assured the first priority of legislators is to feather their own nest first. If you think I'm joking, look at their health insurance, retirement and other benefits compared to state and private sector employees. Wouldn't it be nice if we all controlled our own paycheck? When was the last time you gave your staff $25,000 bonuses in the middle of economic hard times? Ask House Speaker Mike O'Neal...

Nov. 27, 2009

Letter: The big lie

It's true, there is no lie too big to tell. As the debate on health care moves toward legislation, let's not forget how our truth-telling Chicago politician and his crowd - Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi - tried to stifle debate and shove their Orwellian health care plan down our throats sight unseen. The "Brave New World" is upon us, brought on by President Obama and the socialist left and those other honest folks who inhabit the slimy underbelly of the far left. Our well-scripted president stood before the nation and handed us the same empty words that all propagandists have fed the masses ­- the big lie in a prim, articulate package...

Sep. 27, 2009

Letter: Thomas pegs Obama

Once again, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas was on the mark. His insight, expressed in a recent column, into Obama's belief that a good press release or putting on a good show in front of a teleprompter makes for sound policy is so true.The fact is, Obama is all fluff and very little substance. It's unfortunate that some liberals in this country swoon every time they see his face and fail to realize it's backed by a head filled with tried and failed left wing policies as old as Karl Heinrich Marx...

Jul. 20, 2009

Letter: Debate feared

Keith Olbermann of MSMBC's nightly program "Countdown" never engages in debate on his program. It's always stacked with people who agree with him. Is Olbermann scared to face an opponent?Like a typical liberal, with the most unflattering sound and video bites taken out of context, Olbermann shoots fish in a barrel because he can't stand the heat of face to face debate. While Olbermann courageously faces down his teleprompter and hand picked guests, some of us appreciate a fair exchange of ideas...

Mar. 12, 2009

 

Letters to the Editor: Tainted Olympic dream

Tainted Olympic dream More than 160 victims were sexually molested. More than 160 athletes. Children. In light of the recent sentencing of Larry Nassar due to repeated sexual assaults, one cannot help but question how this is possible. A doctor of Olympic and collegiate athletes using his power to control their…

Feb. 5, 2018

Letter: Clinton shouldn’t be next president

The stars of the Democratic Party shine so bright don’t they? After eight years of the Obama administration’s “transparency,” are we ready for more shenanigans from the Clinton clan? With single-minded determination, Hillary Clinton engages in questionable conduct then takes cover behind an…

Apr. 4, 2015

Letter: Four Americans more than a footnote

Unfortunately for President Obama’s administration and Democratic heir apparent Hillary Clinton, the Benghazi scandal has sprouted a new pair of legs. The four Americans who were abandoned by their country may soon become more than just another footnote in the sorted legacy of the Obama…

May. 18, 2014

Letter: Obama’s leadership weak

Wouldn’t it be neat if President Obama would grow a spine when dealing with third-rate thugs like Vladimir Putin or the mullahs in Iran? The people being threatened by the current administration are United States citizens and such allies as Israel that have discovered through bitter experience how…

Apr. 8, 2014

Letter: Obama doesn’t listen

Once again President Obama’s administration has proven tone deaf to the energy needs of the American people and placed his desire to appease the radicals of the eco-left ahead of the security and economic needs of the nation. Clean, abundant coal with the thousands of jobs it creates was the first casualty. Now, the…

May. 1, 2013

Letter: This is a friend?

Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump has finally had the nerve to use the “C” word — you know, that 800-pound gorilla in the room that everyone seems to ignore. China steals our technology with impunity and has implanted malware in our power grid. The Chinese have a specially designed ballistic…

Apr. 28, 2011

Letter: Sellouts

Once the flagship of Internet services, AOL now occupies the corner booth in the Internet flea market. In an attempt to revive its fall from the stars. AOL has purchased the Huffington Post and anointed Arianna Huffington, cofounder of the site, president and editor-in-chief of the new and improved AOL. What’s…

Mar. 16, 2011

 The Hutchisnon News

NRA helps uphold rights

The NRA is probably the most effective civil rights organization the United States has ever produced. They have done more to defend the constitutional rights of the average American than any other organization. It is always difficult to prove a negative, so we will never know for sure how many Americans are alive…
Protesters deserve protection Every time a police officer fails to protect a peaceful protester from the mob or stands idly by and watches public property being vandalized it becomes a greater threat to the constitution than the mob itself. Around the world U.S. soldiers have fought heroically against evil only…

Accept responsibility

Everyone knows when you deal with criminals you are placing yourself in a high-risk category. At what point when you are being packed into the back of a trailer with a hundred other people do the alarm bells start to ring? The people who paid for a space in the back of that truck knew they were committing a…

‘Cherry-picked’ judges disrupt executive power

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick has illegally blocked President Trump from withholding federal money from sanctuary cities. These cities are in open violation of U.S. law. By blocking Trump’s order, Judge Orrick has made himself a willing participant in the criminal activity of these sanctuary cities…

Obama holdovers are undermining the presidency of Donald Trump

The media hounding President Donald Trump are the same ideological malcontents who gave Barack Obama a pass for eight wasted years of American history. If you like welfare, food stamps or unchecked borders, Obama was your man, but if you work for a living or own a business, President Trump is on…

The downfall of Sweden

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a beautiful land filled with beautiful people. These people shone like the sun and were at peace with mankind. From the midst of this magnificent people a sinister group who called themselves “Progressives” rose to power. With lies that were twisted to sound…

Illegal foreign nationals should be deported

We need to develop a way to expedite the deportation of large numbers of foreign nationals who are illegally entering or maintaining residence in the United States. The American tax payer should not be expected to foot the bill for people who have no moral or legal right to be here. Sanctuary cities who defy…

Freedom of speech can be a double-edged sword

Colin Kaepernick is entitled to express his feelings, and I am free to boycott the team he plays for. People who make their living performing before the public, whether they be athletes or movie stars, need to be aware that the way they express themselves may potentially devastate their careers. Freedom of…

Don’t like it here? You can leave

The “old white men” that created the United States and Europe must have done something right because minority groups from around the world risk their lives to get to the country’s they created. I haven’t seen any Mexicans or Syrians storming the beaches of Cuba or China. If “Black Lives Matter” thinks the…

Bernie Sanders got scammed

Bernie Sanders is a socialist cliche who hasn’t had an original thought since he honeymooned in Russia 28 years ago. Poor Sen. Sanders got scammed by the queens of corruption, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary Clinton, and then he laid at the feet of Clinton like a puppy. What will happen to the misguided…

Obama administration purges the ranks of most capable leaders

David Petraeus is one of the greatest military minds of our era. He snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Iraq war and handed a slam-dunk to the Obama administration. Instead of capitalizing on this victory, Obama replaced a generation of political and military success in the Middle East with the specter of a nuclear armed Iran and a cult of death that has metastasized throughout the world. While Gen. Petraeus' name has been dragged through the mud for his indiscretions, 6,600 convicted felons have been released from prison by the Obama administration because their sentences were deemed too harsh...

Liberal nations letting citizens become terror prey

The European continent has been thrown into chaos by hordes of uninvited Muslim immigrants who are disproportionately comprised of young men who have abandoned their own women and children to seek safety for themselves. They show contempt for the indigenous population and have a psychopathic sense of self-entitlement. Everywhere these so-called immigrants have been permitted to nest, crime rates have skyrocketed and civil chaos has followed. In countries like Sweden, Germany and France, women and children can no longer walk down once-safe streets for fear of being accosted by these violent sociopaths...

High court has too much power

If the fate of a nation rests on a single Supreme Court nomination that can only mean the court has become too powerful and gone beyond the powers envisioned by our founders. The court's mission is to interpret law not act as a dictatorial body unrestrained by the legislature. By what measure has our constitution given the court power to bus your children into other neighborhoods, allow abortion or deem homosexual marriage legal? The answer to that question is none. The court has seized that extra constitutional power for itself and acts as a dictatorial body unrestrained by the will of the governed...

Playing 'Games'

I wonder why "The Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence waited until after she made $52 million before she discovered how much she disliked Christians and Republicans. Someone at Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. should suggest to Lawrence that she could always return that portion of the money if she finds it morally objectionable. GREGORY H. BONTRAGER Hutchinson

Southern border wall

The fact is walling off our southern border with Mexico would be a relatively minor engineering feat. In areas where barriers have been erected they have been very effective. Walls are not a panacea, but physical security is always a good starting point. The most vocal opponents of a wall on the border are sanctuary city types who believe an open border will help secure their re-election by pandering to their voter base. GREGORY H. BONTRAGER Hutchinson

Protect U.S. citizens

The first time I became aware of the devastating effects of criminal activity perpetrated against American citizens by illegal aliens came shortly after I graduated from the Emergency Medical Technician program at Wichita State University. I was working as a volunteer with the Sedgwick County EMS reserve when the unit I was stationed with responded to a multi-car accident. When we arrived at the scene, several automobiles where overturned and the smell of gasoline permeated the air. Wichita Fire Department personnel worked skillfully to stabilize the scene and extract an elderly couple who had been pinned in their vehicle...

A world in chaos

When President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017, he will hand his successor a world in chaos. On every front this man has inflicted damage that will take generations of recovery. Barrack Obama springs from the dissociative thought process of progressive liberalism. His administration has mastered the art of jumping from one deception, one disaster to another without missing a heartbeat. "Truth becomes lies," "war is peace," Orwellian memorabilia that fits the "most transparent administration in history" to a T...

Clinton runs incognito

This is the first time I have seen a presidential candidate run a campaign incognito. From behind a pair of sunglasses and appearing in carefully staged "media events." Hillary Clinton acts more like she's afraid she's being profiled on America's Most Wanted then running for president of the United States. Usually a candidate wants as much media exposure as possible, but in Clinton's case the more you see the less appealing she becomes. Instead of manning-up and speaking directly to the American people she dispatches acolytes like John Podesta and Lanny Davis to convince the proletariat that she is as pure as the driven snow...

Another Clinton?

The stars of the Democratic Party shine so bright, don't they? After eight years of the Obama administration's "transparency," are we ready for more shenanigans from the Clinton clan? With single-minded determination, Hillary Clinton engages in questionable conduct, then takes cover behind an ever-so-willing mainstream media. The only thing predictable about Clinton is the fables she concocts to cover the ridiculously avoidable behavior she engages in, like the perfectly innocent taking of money from foreign governments and all those emails she deleted from her personal server...

Climate fairy tale

Global warming/climate change is based on conventional wisdom, not science. It has become a left-wing slogan to rally the simple-minded. As we can see, the simpler the minds, the more they love the concept. The problem is that the facts don't back up the theory. Man-made global warming/climate change has been effectively debunked. The "left" has become so invested in the concept that it is willing to accept a fairy tale. After all, the earth is flat, isn't it? GREGORY H. BONTRAGER Hutchinson

Rational government?

The resounding defeat suffered by Barack Obama on Nov. 4, 2014, wasn't perceived by him as a rejection of his policies, but a failure to convince the simple minded proletariat just how good the Kool-Aid tastes. We will suffer through two more years of delusional leadership that has more resemblance to a bad LSD trip than a coherent strategy for the welfare of the nation. With the rejection of his policies by the American people, Obama is attempting to circumvent the rule of law through the use of executive orders and regulatory fiat...

Bush Jr. showed respect

I frequently had concerns about the policies of President George Bush Jr. but I never questioned his integrity or patriotism. He placed the welfare of the country above partisan politics and tried to do the right thing for all of us. I miss the respect he showed the American people and the honesty he brought to our White House. GREGORY H. BONTRAGER Hutchinson

Death panels are here

Obamacare isn't going to call them death panels. The pattern will play out similar to the VA scandal. By limiting timely access to healthcare by using administrative delays, they are rationing healthcare. In effect, they have created death panels by allowing those most in need to die before receiving an appointment for medical treatment. This is no longer in the realm of theory; faceless, nameless bureaucrats who sit at desks and care more about budgets and hiding mistakes will coldly, callously let you die...

U.S. receding as power

It's almost biblical the way the United States is receding as the pre-eminent World power. And with our decline, chaos follows. We lack even the rudimentary political will to control our own borders, much less our vital interests around the world. As Friedrich Nietzsche said generations ago, "Out of chaos comes order." The frightening thing is Nietzsche's kind of order comes at the price of our freedom and, if you live in the Middle East, maybe your head. As the forces of darkness coalesce around our "shining city on the hill," feckless, self-serving cowards inhabit the seats of power in Washington...

Third world invasion has begun

The third world invasion of the United States has begun. Not in darkness but in broad daylight the invaders walk across our southern border unchecked and are fed, housed and clothed at taxpayer expense. At the same time the most highly trained soldiers in the world are receiving pink slips in the field and receiving shoddy medical treatment at home. Among the invaders are a fifth column of gang members and violent criminals who pass themselves off as children. Is this just another unintended consequence of the most incompetent administration in history or a calculated effort to polarize the electorate along racial lines? When all you have to offer is six years of total failure the only strategy left is to divide and conquer...

Hillary seeks 'birthright'

The Hillary Clinton spin machine is gearing into full speed. The facts of a life dedicated to ruthless self-promotion have now become an inconvenient liability in Madam Clinton's compulsive upstream swim to her God-given birthright - the occupation of the White House. It's not Clinton's concern for the welfare of the American people that matters but an ego bordering on sociopathic narcissism and the simple fact that "Bubba" wants to walk the halls of the people's House again in search of gullible young interns and unlimited access to the television camera...

Benghazi haunts Hillary

Unfortunately for the Obama administration and Democratic heir apparent Hillary Clinton, the Benghazi scandal has sprouted a new pair of legs. The four Americans who were abandoned by their country may soon become more than just another footnote in the sordid legacy of the Obama administration. Perhaps Ms. Clinton will discover what a difference it really does make as her complicity in this sinister affair becomes apparent to even the most limited voters. You reap what you sow, and if the American people want to continue with this progressive liberal belly flop into another presidential election cycle, Madam Clinton will make the ideal candidate...

Getting the shaft

Wouldn't it be neat if President Obama would grow a spine when dealing with third-rate thugs like Vladimir Putin or the mullahs in Iran? As it is, the only people getting the shaft by our fearless leader are American citizens and allies like Israel who have discovered through bitter experience how expendable they have become in the politically expedient world of Obama. The burden of fear has been lifted from the shoulders of the Putins of the world as the administration retreats into the fantasy that stuff like climate change is as big a threat to humanity as Iran getting a nuke or Putin invading Ukraine...

Leftist chicanery

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder won't be fired or resign because he is invaluable to President Obama's plans for a future America. Holder can be counted on to do the bidding of his master without question. Throughout history it has been impossible for leaders like Obama to operate without functionaries like Eric Holder. Like so many on the Left, Holder's allegiance is not to the Constitution but to his political philosophy that benevolently masquerades behind the iron fist of agencies like the Internal Revenue Service...

Seal the border

When Texas district attorney Mike McLelland and Kaufman County, Texas, prosecutor Mark Hasse were brazenly gunned down earlier this year, a chill colder than jagged steel tore through the heart of the American law enforcement community. It was widely believed that these demonic murders were retaliation for the recent convictions of upper-echelon Aryan Brotherhood gang members and that the killings bore a striking similarity to Mexican drug cartel assassinations. A disgraced Kaufman County magistrate appears to have been the perpetrator of the murders...

Held hostage

Once again, President Obama has proven tone-deaf to the energy needs of the American people, instead placing his desire to appease the eco-left ahead of the security and economic needs of the nation. Clean coal was the first casualty of the "new order." Now the Keystone pipeline continues to be held hostage by this administration despite empirical evidence to the environmental safety of the project. On the food chain of political priorities, the welfare of the nation ranks behind a minority of radicals who view us and our energy needs as an impediment to their voodoo green agenda...

Liberal invasion

The intrusion into our lives by well-meaning progressives has become pervasive. Who would have believed that the mayor of a major American city would try to mandate the size of the soda you could buy or that an appointed 15-person panel in Washington, D.C., would dictate the medical treatment you may receive. Progressive liberals have one thing in common: They know what's better for you than you do. They give us utopian promises backed by trillion-dollar deficits, crony capitalism and a stagnant economy...

We need Reagan

If Ronald Reagan had been elected in 2008, the recession of that year would be a receding memory. Instead of fleeing the country to escape unreasonable taxation and regulation, a renaissance would be sweeping American businesses. The national coffers would be overflowing with tax revenue from a booming economy. Unemployment would be a fading nuisance and our military would be second to none. A Reagan administration would promote technologies like "fracking" and the Keystone Pipeline to make us energy independent...

A 'pretend' president

While America languishes, President Obama spends his time on the golf course or sunning on the beaches of Hawaii. But then maybe the country would be in better shape if the commander in chief spent a little more time frolicking and doing a little less so-called "work." After all, the welfare of the nation isn't really Mr. Obama's primary concern. It's appeasing billionaire miscreants like George Soros and union thugs like Richard Trumka. Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers must be proud of their protégé...

As the economic and political policies of the Obama administration take root, the United States begins the descent into Third World status.

To the liberal community, this is a good thing; "we the people," like the citizens of Cuba, will be equal - equal in poverty, that is. Governed by the wise, all-knowing elite, represented by Mr. Obama, who lives as the new privileged class, guiding the simple-minded masses into equal deprivation. Let us pray after the coming calamity bears its poison fruit, there will be another Ronald Reagan to restore our "shining city on the hill" to the greatness that is ours by birthright. GREGORY H. BONTRAGER Hutchinson

How long are we going to allow the political elite of Reno County to select who we vote for?

In the heartland of the greatest democracy on earth, we have allowed an oligarchy to control who is on the ballot. Instead of the vibrant exchange of ideas and competing views of a true democracy, we have passively allowed the same career politicians to occupy the government offices of Reno County. Isn't it time we insist on a choice at election time instead of accepting the same unopposed candidates? Let us send a message to the powers that be in Reno County. We are not going to tolerate unopposed leadership taking up residency in our valued government offices...

Americans live in a world of many threats from abroad. One of the least understood or talked about is marriage fraud. Foreign nationals, who marry American citizens solely to gain entry into the United States.

Thanks to the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, safeguards that once protected U.S. citizens from this type of fraud have been largely swept away. There are Web sites that instruct foreigners how to circumvent U.S. law by using VAWA and an abundance of attorneys who specialize in distorting the well-meaning intent of this law. While we wage war in Afghanistan and Iraq to combat terrorism, this insidious form of terrorism is taking its toll on American citizens inside our own borders. Don't count on help from your government or elected officials, you will be met with indifference or open hostility...

Letter: We can’t move beyond Hillary

As much as we try to move beyond Hillary Clinton she just won’t let us. With every excuse she makes for her unthinkable defeat at the hands of Donald Trump she shows the depth of her contempt for the American people. Like the Hollywood elite and tenured faculty who adore her, she can’t fathom that the…

Letter: The grip of evil

The World is in the grip of evil, and like most evil it passes itself off as the representative of good.These angels of light tell us that we are supposed to accept those who have committed a crime by entering our country illegally.That they commit less crime and pay more than their fair share, when exactly the…

Letter: Talking point of the left

The notion that cultural diversity necessarily makes us stronger or better is simply not true. In general the more homogeneous a society the better things tend to work.Like socialism, cultural diversity is a talking point of the progressive left.If you want proof, take a look at what this failed concept has done to…

Letter: Islam is not peaceful

Islam has demonstrated that it is not a religion of peace or tolerance. While most religions of the world have matured large segments of Islam have receded into a barbaric dark age where any crime, from mass murder to pedophilia can be justified by yelling the phrase “Allahu akbar.” Coexistence is a cover for the…

Letter: Multiculturalism and crime

From chaos comes order, except if you live in England, Germany, France or a host of other Western European countries who have fallen victim to the progressive myth that by populating your country with semi-civilized refugees with whom you have nothing in common is a good idea. This utopian fallacy has…

Letter: Rejecting the radicals of the left

When the progressives of the Democratic party sound the charge they discovered they are on the political battlefield alone. The proletariat is not interested in trans-gender bathrooms or safe spaces for pampered children. They what immigration reform and an end to sanctuary cities. The motto of the working class…

Apply the brakes

If the fate of a nation rests on a single supreme court nomination that can only mean the court has become too powerful and gone beyond the powers envisioned by our founders. The courts mission is to interpret law not act as a dictatorial body unrestrained by the legislature. By what measure has our constitution…

An ongoing conspiracy

There has been an ongoing conspiracy by Obama and the Democrats to alter the population demographics of the United States. This effort has intensified during the last year of his administration. Since the immigrant and refugee populations tend to vote democratic this is part of a long-term strategy to…

Why avoid the limelight?

This is the first time I have seen a presidential candidate run a campaign incognito. From behind a pair of sunglasses and appearing in carefully staged “media events.” Hillary Clinton acts more like she’s afraid she’s being profiled on America’s Most Wanted then running for president of the United States. Usually a…

Letter: DNC stars not shining

The stars of the Democratic Party shine so bright don’t they? After eight years of the Obama administration’s “transparency,” are we ready for more shenanigans from the Clinton clan? With single-minded determination, Hillary Clinton engages in questionable conduct then takes cover behind an…

Letter: Delusional leadership

The resounding defeat suffered by Barack Obama on Nov. 4, 2014, wasn't perceived by him as a rejection of his policies, but a failure to convince the simple minded proletariat just how good the Kool-Aid tastes. We will suffer through two more years of delusional leadership that has more resemblance to a bad LSD trip than a coherent strategy for the welfare of the nation. With the rejection of his policies by the American people, Obama is attempting to circumvent the rule of law through the use of executive orders and regulatory fiat...