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A cowardly White House using dreamers as human shields

Quite beyond being morally repugnant and an offense to human decency, the Trump White House's announcement Tuesday that it's rescinding the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," or DACA, is the ultimate exercise in political cynicism.

September 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Should Democrats do a deal for the Dreamers?

Let's stick with the story about the Dreamers - the 800,000 young immigrants Trump wants to kick out of the country - because we need to talk about the Democrats. You may remember the Democrats. They're the people who need a crowbar to break into the news cycle.

September 11, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Lesson

September 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Network TV: Does it deserve to live?

I am tickled to continue my 43-year tradition of obtaining the Fall Preview "TV Guide," but Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore seems despondent about the state of the five over-the-air "legacy networks" (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CW).

September 09, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Sprawl kills - literally

Los Angeles County, the nation's most populated with more than 10 million residents, is in an emergency state, per Governor Jerry Brown's declaration. The largest inferno in Los Angeles' history has forced hundreds from their homes.

September 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Media reports on antifa... finally

The Washington Post headline is absolutely astonishing:

September 07, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Humbled by Harvey, Americans help

"It makes me feel guilty for complaining about any little problems that I am facing."

September 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If at first you don’t succeed ...

In case you haven't realized it, this world if filled with systems that just don't work, or don't work as they were intended to.

September 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Boy, Labor Day came fast this year

Labor Day? Already? You got to be kidding. How the hell did that happen? Eight months of the year have expired? 2017 is two-thirds over? That is so frightening because any day now radio stations are going to switch to wall-to-wall Christmas music.

September 06, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Temple to journalist’s self - regard falls on hard times

Evidently, America just wasn't that in to you.

September 06, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Helping Houston the American way

Houston is trying to dry itself out and recover from the historic floods of Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No action by Trump on opioid epidemic

Earlier this month, at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., President Donald Trump looked solemnly into the camera, and declared that America's opioid epidemic was a "national emergency," and a "serious problem the likes of which we've never seen."

September 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Big government is bad until red states need help

It's an old story, freshened anew by Hurricane Harvey: Republicans profess to hate "Big Guvmint" as a matter of principle - until catastrophe hits a red state. Suddenly, they're fine with federal spending and completely dump their rhetorical boilerplate about the nanny state.

September 03, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to play lottery

A couple of years ago I was a pallbearer for a fellow in denial about his gambling addiction, so I viewed with interest the Wall Street Journal opinion piece "Powerbull: The Lottery Loves Poverty," by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.

September 01, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


What Trump says vs. what Trump means

Most presidents try to avoid controversy by painstakingly parsing their words like a fifth grader conserving an allowance at the county fair. Reluctant to reflect even the hint of a whisper of a shadow of a rumpus. But Donald Trump is not most presidents. He is as singular as a smokestack in a cotton field.

August 31, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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President gives wrong message at UN

Presidential addresses to the United Nations General Assembly don't get a lot of press here at home, but they do matter to listeners around ...

September 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A Woman's View: Traveling abroad

Out of money, energy, and clean clothes, we three women of the "older" set are back from our two weeks in Great Britain. Thought you ...

September 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Beyond Trump - can Americans survive each other?

Two essays this week, by two very different authors, take us deep into the tribalism that marks our politics. Both should serve as a wake-up ...

September 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


They grow up so quickly – or do they?

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service, researchers have found what they call a "broad-based cultural shift" in teen behavior.

September 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Why NFL games are unwatchable

"National Football League TV ratings down 13 percent in Week 1."

September 21, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Ban cars because they’re too fast?

Imagine getting a letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation saying your car is banned from public roadways because it's too fast.

September 21, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Global warmists need to lose the arrogance

Natural disasters are no laughing matter, but you'd never know that recently watching God-denier Bill Maher and his "Real Time" show audience. Maher appeared ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Afghanistan strategy is the only hope for education reform

The federal government is currently enmeshed in two gigantic, expensive reform projects, one domestic and one foreign. Both are failures even though the tactics couldn ...

September 20, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Republican’s have a bew heath care bill worth considering

The introduction of the new Senate health care bill – authored by senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada ...

September 19, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Where was this Hillary last year?

There's a line in Hillary Clinton's new memoir of the 2016 campaign that may be among the most searingly honest utterances of her ...

September 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


We should politicize Harvey and Irma

With historic floodwaters still receding in southeast Texas and Florida recovering from a huge storm propelled through Florida by unprecedented windspeeds, certain topics are particularly ...

September 18, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Beware overregulation of online gaming

In America, gaming is a very serious business. It's made a lot of people very wealthy and provided quite a few states with new ...

September 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Desperate for tax reform that simplifies

"Help!" said the fellow, surrounded by a pile of papers. "I don't think I'm going to make it through this 1040 tax form."

September 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


How they spent their summer vacation

And so we bid a hearty "Welcome Back" to our elected representatives as they reluctantly trudge back to Washington following their annual summer recess, and ...

September 16, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


It’s time for the government to protect tech consumers

Global business practices are now under scrutiny like never before thanks to President Trump's pledge to pull the U.S. out of bad trade ...

September 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


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