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All politics, all the time?

"It's everywhere you turn these days. I can't take it anymore."

October 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sick of the NFL? Play Kaepernick-Hole

Every time NFL players take a knee during the national anthem, they pierce the hearts of patriotic Americans and military families, including mine.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Facebook is the new big brother

You're putting your life at risk, one like at a time

October 04, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Millionaires & billionaires fighting ‘oppression’

Oppression certainly isn't what it used to be. Instead of vicious police dogs, water cannon, billy clubs and Bull Connor, America is greeted with the sight of millionaires and billionaires kneeling in football stadiums trying to make white America feel guilty without so much as a Chihuahua yapping in the background.

October 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The difference between Kaepernick and a West Point grad

This is the story of two young men: one black, one white, and both of whom wear uniforms.

October 03, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Our Jimmy Kimmel President

Please, Mr. Trump, I'm on bended knee.

October 03, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Meet the new face of Republican extremism

Thank you, Alabama Republicans! Thank you for choosing a Senate candidate whose reactionary ravings and paranoid fictions make Donald Trump look semi-sane.

October 02, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Refugees are not a security risk

Every year since the Refugee Act of 1980, the presidential administration in power has announced its cap number for refugee admissions in the coming fiscal year. On Wednesday, the Trump Administration followed suit, with a notable departure from tradition: Their cap, at 45,000 individuals to be admitted for FY2018, is the lowest such number in the history of this process.

October 02, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Typhoon Trump

Considering the severity of the cascade of disasters descending upon us lately, we should thank our lucky stars we're able to talk about them. Earthquakes, heat-waves, flash-floods, non-flash-floods, wildfires raging across the West, multiple Category 5 hurricanes strafing the Caribbean and Donald Trump addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations. The only way things could get worse is if Mitch McConnell embarked on a singing career.

September 30, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Save your back, while there is still time!

I have witnessed my 13-year-old son Gideon wrestle with his unwieldy school backpack often enough to nod knowingly when I encountered the NBC News story "Why Bags Are Wrecking Our Backs."

September 30, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Peace that surpasses all fidget spinners

Several months ago, while shopping at one of those $6 sales, I found some funny looking circular metal objects in the displays. I asked the ladies in charge, "What on earth are these?"

September 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Fumbling the name game

Sports talk used to be so easy. Guys named Mickey, Hank and Barry hit the long balls. Joe, Brett and Tom tossed the touchdowns.

September 28, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The NFL beat Donald Trump at his own game

On the day that Donald Trump tried to mess with America's national religion, professional football took the knee and beat The Divider-in-Chief at his own game.

September 28, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Sean Spicer ruins the party for liberals

The (liberal) image makeover of Sean Spicer is dramatic, flamboyant and, well, very "Hollywood."

September 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump’s ‘hire American’ order has stalled

While the headlines scream DACA, DACA, DACA deferred action for childhood arrivals, as if all reading America doesn't already know another work authorization program that stumping candidate Trump criticized rolls on.

September 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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‘Fake News’ exposes Trump’s swamp creature

Before we inevitably face Trump's next phantasmagoria, let's briefly pause to celebrate the speedy downfall of a apparatchik of the president. Because it ...

October 21, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Is “Trunk or Treat” a Halloween Heresy?

My family will be participating in two or three "trunk or treat" activities this month, but I've learned that the trend of going from ...

October 21, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Reading is a great pastime

At this time of year, we are thinking about all there is to do in the coming months. We know too well what needs to ...

October 21, 2017 | A Woman's View By Judi Tabler | Columnists


Rex Tillerson shouldn’t have gone full ‘moron’

Here's the deal: You don't start out by calling someone a "moron." That's a final exclamatory heave after exhausting all other slanders ...

October 19, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump is right about NBC and Comcast

President Trump was right when he used Twitter this past week to expose Comcast's network NBC for their outrageous bias against him.

October 19, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tax reform now

The U.S. economy may be improving but it's not growing like it needs to. Cutting red tape has helped but it's not ...

October 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


On polio and pulling together

She came home with a high temperature, feeling very ill. The next morning, her legs gave out when she tried to get out of bed ...

October 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Who wants to borrow McConnell’s slightly-used majority?

If you're in the market for a slightly-used majority, Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Country Club) is your man. His low-mileage beauty is ...

October 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


There’s no such thing as personal information

Your personal information is most likely out there for criminals to use.

October 17, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump slams fake news by making three false claims

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - President Donald Trump, who likes to denounce the "fake" news media, threw himself into the warm embrace of Fox News host Sean Hannity ...

October 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Anger in America

You can't go to a bar or a play.

October 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Names make news

Names making news - and generating opinions:

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


California just forced ICE to step up removals

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act, SB 54, which officially made the state a criminal alien sanctuary. Brown's signature ...

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Republican logic on guns makes me twitch

Sadly fascinating to endure another predictable dance performed on the national stage by our elected politicians in response to the recent horrendous concert shooting in ...

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump’s response to Puerto Rico is worse than embarrassing

It is a luxury to be embarrassed by President Trump.

October 11, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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