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Playing Tobacco Free

"A healthier nation in one generation" is more than a public health slogan; it is a goal that is achievable and vital to economic and physical health of all Americans. Every parent, grandparent and community resident wants a better world, and better health for our children. There are steps that we can take to ensure better health for the next generation, starting from the very beginning with playing tobacco free.

February 04, 2017 | Janel Rose | Columnists


30 Valentine’s Days: Where Did The Time Go?

While brainstorming angles for this Valentine's Day column, it suddenly occurred to me that this February 14 will be the 30th my wife and I have celebrated as a couple (combining courtship and married life).

February 04, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why Groundhog Day Must End

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped.

February 02, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Ordering Dinner With a Side of Sanctimony

A nationwide group of restaurants is now offering diners a chance to stick it to the man while simultaneously putting the fork to their tofu. Those of you who've wanted to join a great moral crusade, but never got around to cleaning up the basement and inviting a Syrian "refugee" to move in, can now eat locally and be served globally.

February 02, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Stop Freaking Out About Trump

Take a breath, America.

February 01, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s First 100 Days

As extraordinary as it sounds, Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. It's mind-boggling. Like making John Goodman the cover model for this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kim Kardashian-appointed chief scientist at the Atomic Energy Lab. Colin Kaepernick in charge of WikiLeaks.

February 01, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Sky’s the Limit for Skilled Trades

The demand for skilled laborers - electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and others - continues to soar, and that's a good thing for America.

January 31, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Better Solution Than Trump’s Border Wall

Just one week in office, President Trump is already following through on his pledge to address illegal immigration. His January 25th executive order called for the construction of a wall along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border. While he is right to focus on the issue, there are several reasons why his proposed solution will unfortunately not lead us anywhere closer to solving the problem.

January 31, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Genuine Contempt for the Media

In his first White House press room briefing after two days in office, President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, laid out the Administration's approach to the media with all the subtlety of a Louisville slugger between the eyes: We don't like you, we don't want you, we don't need you, we intend to ignore you.

January 30, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Mr. Trump, Don’t Build That Wall

President Trump's new get-tough attitude on immigration has already stopped one Mexican from coming to the United States.

January 30, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Glad to break down in Great Bend

Dear Editor,

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Trump Reneging on Major Campaign Pledge

On the Monday of Donald Trump's first full week in office, the president immediately made good on several of his campaign promises. Among other actions, Trump withdrew the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership and instituted a federal hiring freeze except for military personnel. A day later, Trump met with chief executive officers from the Big Three auto companies - Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler - and, as he did with TPP, continued to focus on his signature issue, bringing jobs back to America.

January 28, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Should Silencers Be Easy To Obtain?

Although he's probably fighting a losing battle, political science professor Robert J. Spitzer stirred up a hornets' nest with a Washington Post opinion piece titled "The NRA wants to suppress one of guns' most important safety features."

January 28, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Race Relations Bogged Down by the Left?

So many conversations revolve around race nowadays.

January 26, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump’s Foreign Policy: An Unwise Inconsistency?

Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump's foreign policy positions have been anything but consistent. One day we heard that NATO was obsolete and that the U.S. needs to pursue better relations with Russia. But the next time he spoke, these sensible positions were abandoned or an opposite position was taken. Trump's inconsistent rhetoric left us wondering exactly what kind of foreign policy he would pursue if elected.

January 26, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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Are School Newspapers Hanging By A Thread?

I wish I could tell you that my old alma mater (Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, Tenn.) still publishes a student newspaper, but that ...

February 18, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Republicans Have Lost Their Appetite to Investigate

To best understand the Republican mentality on Capitol Hill - specifically, their disgraceful refusal to probe the Trump-Russia national security scandal with even a scintilla of ...

February 16, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What’s Wrong With Teddy Roosevelt’s America?

What kind of American are you?

February 16, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The FTC Should Not Abandon Qualcomm Case

As the Obama Administration drew to a close, a divided Federal Trade Commission brought suit in U.S. district court against a company named Qualcomm ...

February 15, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Trump Aide Said Something Dangerous on Sunday

One of the great advantages of youth is that it's a time to make mistakes, say silly stuff you might regret later, and generally ...

February 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Will Congress Stop Forcing Pro-Life Americans to Subsidize Abortion?

Last month marked 44 years since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. Roe remains one of the ...

February 14, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The Trumpish Cabinet

In typical liberal fashion, the mean weenie left has called Donald Trump's cabinet horrible things. "Corrupt nitwits." "Career criminals." "Greedy thugs." "Clueless dunces." "Bad ...

February 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


CNN’s a Beacon in Dark Times

The Cable News Network has never quite lived up to its slogan as "The most trusted name in news" - due largely to the public's ...

February 13, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Refugees in America and Kansas

Dear Editor,

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Relax, Mr. President

Donald Trump is driving everyone in Washington nuts with his mad presidential style.

February 11, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Presidents’ Day: Untold Stories Abound

Since Presidents' Day is fast approaching, it is appropriate that three of the books I'm currently juggling on my Kindle Fire are "Lady Bird ...

February 11, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Leave it to Lovecraft to Explain America

What is the United States of America?

February 09, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Don’t Just Reform Taxes, Cut Them

Many Americans who have wrestled with a 1040 form, or who have paid someone to prepare their taxes, no doubt cheered the news that Congress ...

February 09, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

Donald Trump remains haunted by the fact that more people opposed him in November, about 54 percent, than voted for him. The "mandate" he cites ...

February 08, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Democrats Are Completely Lost

Shattered. Splattered. Scattered. Battered. Tattered. Skewered and plattered. Barely mattered. That was the Democrats after November's election. But surely in the months since, they ...

February 08, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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