Opinion

by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

OK, you young whippersnappers, listen up — or as the Duke would say it "Listen and listen tight." Getting older involves a lot of changes, particularly to your health, that are not a lot of fun. Offsetting the joys of grandparenthood and the delights of retirement are some deterioration of the body and the mind. What follows, however, is an explanation of some of the better things that happen to you as you get older.

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A year of operating in the "Abortion Desert."

Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

CEO South Wind Women's Center and Trust Women Foundation

I sometimes still can't believe the facility where Dr. George Tiller operated Women's Health Care Services and which was closed for almost four years after his assassination — is now marking its first year of operation since reopening as South Wind Women's Center in Wichita.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

I've recently learned that the American tradition of punching someone upon the sight of a Volkswagen Beetle is not ours alone.

The game is shared by many cultures around the world and has a depth and complexity you might never imagine.

In dark, underground clubs in Bangkok, hoodlums force hostages to play what we Yanks call "slug bug" for money… and if you don't say "no punchbacks" in time, may God have mercy on your soul.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in View

It's official; I've been writing for F5 for over a year now. In that year, we've been through a lot. We're on our sixteenth editor-in-chief, our seventh sports writer, our sixth interior design critic and innumerable acrobats. The rock solid foundation that Jebediah F. Five set forth in 1896 when he founded our paper remains firm; his ethics drive our journalism and his embalmed corpse greets every visitor to the F5 building so familiar to every Wichitanian.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in View

Well, April first has come and gone and nobody in Topeka has hollered "April Fool!" I guess I'll have to sadly admit that those people in the majority seriously meant the changes they made. Or, that the Koch-Brownback-ALEC coalition hasn't given them permission to speak yet.

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Thursday, April 3 | Posted in View

KOCH AND A SMILE

To the editor:

They say that Charles Koch is a "nice guy." His political friends describe him as a Libertarian while business associates say his philosophy at Koch Industries is packaged around the idea that government needs to leave people like him alone.

His father, who was one of the founders of the John Birch Society, often lectured his children that the "colored man" would play a pivotal role in the communist take-over of this country due to government subsidized welfare.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in View

In the mind of its author, it was a bill to protect firms in the wedding industry from having to serve same sex couples. In the mind of some conservatives, it was a religious liberty bill, permitting anyone opposed to same sex marriage from being forced to provide services. In the mind of some who thought more broadly it was a bill to give anyone a right to opt out of providing services to anyone to whom they had religious objections. To most businesses, it was a legal quagmire into which any of their employees could drag a firm. We're talking the eight blind men describing an elephant.

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Thursday, February 20 | Posted in View

SUPER GAY

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Despite the persistent reputation in the suburbs, Old Town has a long way to go to be actually scary.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in View

I am currently sitting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, having just listened to an explanation about why it is now once again considered safe enough for tourists in the area. For the past two or three years, even the most popular tourist destinations in Western Mexico (Mazatlan, PV, Cabo, etc.) have lost much of their tourist trade as there were too many incidents wherein foreign visitors were robbed and/or assaulted while visiting, even if just for a day via a cruise ship.

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Thursday, February 13 | Posted in View

BECAUSE "DULLES AIRPORT" IS TAKEN

To the editor:

It is difficult to understand why many keep hoping that the City Council renames Wichita Mid-Continent Airport after Dwight D. Eisenhower. Or why the editorial board of the Wichita Eagle has endorsed this idea as well.

During his two terms, President Eisenhower ordered dozens of covert operations throughout the world, many involving assassinations. These were blithely carried out by Allen Dulles, the director of the C.I.A.

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by Mike Marlett | Wednesday, February 12 | Posted in View

As our state legislature attempts to take giant, heartbreaking and breathtaking steps backwards, let's ignore that for a second and consider what our legislature should be doing. It should be raising some revenue streams, helping people who need it and otherwise staying the hell out of people's private lives. Which is, of course, why it should legalize pot.

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Paying into the system may piss off young whippersnappers, but you aren't the only one who paid in.

by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in View

I know you. You are under 40 and work hard to make ends meet. It's hard to put anything aside for the future. You have been paying into Social Security since the fast food job when you were in high school. You will keep paying into it because you have little choice. Still, you are under no illusion that you will get anything out of it. You are sure that it will be gone when you reach retirement age. That pisses you off.

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You don't need a bunch of fancy ammunition to make a mean fighting force.

by Elizabeth Stevenson | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in View

The Canadian Army is a reasonably well-dressed, well-fed, well-housed, and — for the most part — a well-equipped fighting force. We did, however, find ourselves occasionally rather short on ammunition when sent out to play. War games are an always popular way to while away a few hours in any infantry unit, and the Queen's Own Foot Soldiers, the elite Grenadier Guard, were no different.

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Paying into the system may piss off young whippersnappers, but you aren't the only one who paid in.

by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in View

I know you. You are under 40 and work hard to make ends meet. It's hard to put anything aside for the future. You have been paying into Social Security since the fast food job when you were in high school. You will keep paying into it because you have little choice. Still, you are under no illusion that you will get anything out of it. You are sure that it will be gone when you reach retirement age. That pisses you off.

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You don't need a bunch of fancy ammunition to make a mean fighting force.

by Elizabeth Stevenson | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in View

The Canadian Army is a reasonably well-dressed, well-fed, well-housed, and — for the most part — a well-equipped fighting force. We did, however, find ourselves occasionally rather short on ammunition when sent out to play. War games are an always popular way to while away a few hours in any infantry unit, and the Queen's Own Foot Soldiers, the elite Grenadier Guard, were no different.

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