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From interstates to leaf blowers, the world is a challenging place

The world is a confusing place. If this wasn't blatantly obvious to any reasonable adult who hasn't been living under a rock, the current political climate at home and afar is certain to have drilled it into their skulls.

August 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Keep the private space race private

Those of us sandwiched between the end of the Baby Boom and the start of Generation X ought to be thought of as The Apollo Generation. We were captivated by the reality of manned space flight and the idea that we too might someday walk on the moon before double digit interest rates, Jimmy Carter, and malaise ruined the rest of our otherwise secure childhoods.

August 02, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Scaramucci: the Italian stereotype we’ve been trying to ditch

When I was younger, I asked my mother if I could add a vowel to the end of my name. "I want people to know that I'm Italian, and with a name like Flowers they won't."

August 01, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Democrats recycle dilapidated message

It is going to take more than recycling a worn-out message with shiny new paper and presenting it wearing wrinkly, dress-down clothes to attract the folks in flyover country.

August 01, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Trump’s military ban on transgenders sensible and scientific

Up until quite recently the official policy on the left was to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable. A CNN propagandist wrote, "If there's anything both sides of America's heated and polarizing gun debate may agree on, it's the need to keep firearms out of the hands of people with serious mental illness."

July 31, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Government waste is alive and well

If you judge someone by their enemies, Tom Schatz is Robin Hood of the swamp, joined by his merry band of government analysts.

July 31, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


When the chips are down, ‘maverick’ McCain shoots blanks

I got tired of John McCain's phony "maverick" act a long time ago, and his hypocritical performance on the Senate floor this week reminded me why.

July 29, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


This column deserves at least a blue ribbon

There are many truisms about living in rural America.

July 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Who knew dogs could keep you so healthy?

Alas, we haven't been a "dog family" since we had to euthanize poor old Turpy; but a time.com article titled "More Evidence That Owning A Dog Is Really Good For You" certainly grabbed my attention.

July 27, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


An Afternoon of ‘Straight Talk’ with John McCain:

If you're a journalist who covers campaigns and politics, the recent news of U.S. Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer is one of those moments when you pause to reflect on the men and women who choose to run, and serve, in elected office.

July 26, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump’s real media angle

Unless you're receiving the daily emails sent by Donald Trump and his team to supporters, you're not getting the full dose of venom that is being directed at the nation's news media.

July 26, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Parking is such sweet sorrow

Believe it or not, my only college-era clash with school authorities erupted because the campus was experiencing growing pains. Your cash-strapped author received a ticket for parking on the grass when I simply couldn't find an authorized parking spot in time for class.

July 25, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Turn off D.C.’s AC

I went to an outdoor event in Washington, D.C., last week. Boy, was it hot under the noon sun.

July 25, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Losing the House to win the future

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is worried about the failure of Republican governing reality to match Republican campaign rhetoric. Newt told Fox News, "I would say the highest focus ought to be on getting the tax bill through because if we don't have economic growth next year, I think we're in real danger of having Speaker Nancy Pelosi."

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Is a pipeline really a burden on a bunch of nuns?

How dare those horrible capitalists run their natural gas pipelines over poor, innocent nuns?

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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Hey, computers, I’ll be back

I read an article the other day about jobs most likely to be replaced by robots and computers in the future. Oddly enough, near the ...

August 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


You can’t be an American and fly the Confederate Flag

OUTSIDE WINCHESTER, Va. -- We were driving up Interstate 81 last Sunday afternoon, the radio on, the sun setting into the hills, when we passed a ...

August 17, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Thermonuclear chicken

Time to dig a bomb shelter. Stockpile some Kool- Aid. Nibble some Tootsie Rolls while catching a double feature at the drive-in. Pull out your ...

August 17, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Money and the pursuit of happiness

Money does make us happy, so long as we spend it right.

August 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Colonial Williamsburg more important than ever

It's a rainy and humid afternoon in mid-August and General George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, and I are talking about what a ...

August 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Still waiting for Trump to tweet about mosque bombing

An improvised explosive device was thrown through the window of a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, while Muslim-Americans worshipped in the building. The attack occurred on ...

August 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The follies of appeasement

Haven't we learned yet that appeasement doesn't work?

August 15, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


GOP Leaders should welcome move to end Obamacare bailout

As the Trump administration moves closer to instructing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to eliminate the Obama-era rule that bailed Congress out of paying ...

August 14, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The total solar eclipse: One Curmudgeon’s opinion

Have you purchased your $500 bottle of Solar Red Wine?

August 14, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Americans are proud to be getting dumber

A North Carolina man walks into a popular Washington D.C. pizzeria and opens fire, telling police upon his inevitable arrest that he came to ...

August 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Living to 125 too much of a good thing?

"A 125-year life expectancy for human beings? I have zero desire to stick around that long."

August 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Tips to get ready for back-to-school

Move over, summer – a new school year is coming! With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring – and so do ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


O, Canada! If only liberals knew all the facts

Canada is often touted in the United States as the panacea of health care, leadership, love, peace and thick bacon.

August 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


OK, it’s not the Ritz, but it is home

I escaped this past weekend.

August 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Discipling Trump

Usually it takes a lot of boring three-yard runs and a thick cloud of dust to drive any important piece of legislation across the goal ...

August 09, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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