Last column we outlined real life situations facing Hutchinson police during a ride along shift. People who can't get along with others, are mentally ill, homeless, need medical care, criminals who harm others or steal property and a good share of folks who are just down on their luck and do…

  • By Julie Doll

During President Donald Trump’s visit to Europe, his remarks regarding Germany’s trade surplus with the United States caused what is known in economic circles as a brouhaha.


WASHINGTON – So what if, in his speech last week to NATO, Donald Trump didn’t explicitly reaffirm the provision that an attack on one is an attack on all?

  • By Eugene Robinson

WASHINGTON – With his backward policies and his tiresome antics, President Trump seems to be trying his best to do something that ought to be impossible: Make the U.S. presidency irrelevant to world progress.

  • By Burdett Loomis

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” – Father Theodore Hesburgh

  • By Cal Thomas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had enough of President Trump. Speaking last Sunday in a Munich beer hall, Merkel suggested that Europe may no longer be able to rely on the United States as a faithful ally and that the continent “really must take our fate into our own hands.”

  • By Paul Waggoner

The Sunday edition of the Hutchinson News is always the papers most data heavy issue because of the Business section. Statistics on stocks, bonds, mutual funds and the economy are easy to find in section C.

  • By Matthew Mangino

Local jails are driving the steady flow of incarcerated people in this country. Much is made of nonviolent offenders serving long sentences in federal prison, or how mandatory minimum sentences are clogging America’s prisons. The fact is, one-third of all inmates are held in local jails.

  • By Phil Wood

Monday was Memorial Day. In past years, when I lived in Massachusetts, I would visit the graves of my family to place flowers and say prayers. One grave we never missed was that of my Uncle Phil, buried in Lyndeborough, N.H. He died in a plane crash March 8, 1945, two months before the end o…

  • By Kathleen Parker

WASHINGTON – The great thing about hiring family members: You can usually trust them more than others.

  • By Rick Holmes

People have been talking about America’s divisions since it was just a string of random, widely separated colonies scattered along the eastern seaboard.

  • By Richard Shank

Abilene, population 6,600, is never a town short on activity. A recent stop in the city confirmed much is happening here, as the summer tourist season approaches.

  • By Jim Schinstock

My thanks to John Montgomery for giving me the opportunity to share some of my thoughts as a community columnist. John exemplified even-handedness and fair-play, core characteristics of a good editor. We didn’t always agree, nor should we, but I think we always respected each other’s ideas a…

  • By Eugene Robinson

WASHINGTON – It’s hard to write about Jared Kushner without going straight to the Icarus cliche – hubris, flying too close to the sun, falling into the sea. I once wrote that he was the only one of President Trump’s close advisers who couldn’t be fired, but Kushner’s father-in-law would be s…

  • By Arthur I. Cyr

The NATO summit in Brussels on May 25 has received relatively little attention, thanks to the crowded schedule of President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East and Europe.

  • By Kathie Moore

I love language, words, figures of speech. I’m a crossword junkie and a Scrabble fanatic. I have been known to read the dictionary just for the fun of it.

  • By Julie Doll

As I sat and waited for Old Faithful to make her scheduled performance, the sounds of nature on a summer morning were spoiled by a 20-something a few feet away.

  • By Leonard Pitts

Some people will call it surprising that a reporter was reportedly assaulted Wednesday night by a political candidate. Truth is, it is not surprising in the least.

  • By Kathy Hanks

It was 80 years ago this month that the LZ 129 Hindenburg exploded as it was attempting to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.

  • By Cal Thomas

Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and “drive them out,” as President Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and anti-Semitism. Saudi Arabia has for…

  • By Michael A. Smith

The Trump administration’s new budget proposes massive cuts to Medicaid and other programs that benefit the poorest Americans, while rewarding the super-rich. This is to be expected, but there is more. The proposal forecasts 3 percent annual growth in the coming years: about twice what econo…

  • By Jack Wempe

In “The Music Man,” Professor Harold Hill descended upon River City, Iowa, with the stated purpose of forming a boys’ band and teaching them, without much effort or practice, to play music. Of course, the necessary instruments had to be purchased from him. “Con man” is the favored descriptio…

  • By Michael Gerson

WASHINGTON – To many observers on the left, the initial embrace of Seth Rich conspiracy theories by conservative media figures was merely a confirmation of the right’s deformed soul. But for those of us who remember that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity were once relatively mainstream Reaganit…

  • By Rudy Rodriguez

Have you heard of I hadn’t. It’s a new one for me. It’s a dating site if you want to meet Latin Americans. I googled the top dating sites and there are tons of them. So, what’s a single guy to do in 2017 if he is interested in dating?

  • By Kathleen Parker

PALM BEACH, Fla. – By now you’re exhausted by all the head-swiveling news – the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president’s trip to Everywhere; and investigation upon investigation of the possible collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, and liars by the dozen.

  • By Leonard Pitts

I call it pouring water on concrete. You make a splash, but nothing sinks in.

  • By Dan Deming

I’ve been privileged to ride with Hutchinson police on numerous occasions, mostly at night and on weekends, when the intensity and shape of the local crime and community social problems that police are called upon to resolve is eye-opening.

  • By Michael Gerson

WASHINGTON – It is another stomach-turning development in the vast, unfolding scandal that is the Trump administration: President Trump’s denigration of former FBI Director James Comey to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office. In a New York Times story, Trump is quoted as…

  • Jason Probst

When my kids were younger, we loaded them up in the car and took them to a number of places on vacation. Hiking in Colorado, camping in South Dakota, exploring downtown Oklahoma City and Kansas City. Missouri. Arizona. California. And we had fun at every destination and every stop along the way.

  • By Bob Layne

On the May 10 opinion page, the News published a plethora of ideas. On one page we read of “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” There certainly was much to read and ponder.

  • By Cal Thomas

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came.


PALM BEACH, Fla. -- So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar ...