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Labor Day 2037: Expect the unexpected

Will Labor Day be recognizable in another 20 years?

August 24, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Charlottesville and the south’s complicated relationship with it’s past

ATHENS, Ga. - All that's left of St. Mary's Episcopal Church is the steeple.

August 23, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Vigils welcome: Let us pray

In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va. - in response to the anger, violence and loss of life - many communities across the country are leading prayer vigils.

August 23, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Hateful haters hating hate

Someone please tell the radical left to stop getting their panties in a bundle and quit calling our president a Nazi. Donald Trump proved himself a great friend of freedom when he promoted equivalency between the organized hate movement and people disgusted by them. Anyone who hates haters is equally responsible for hateful hating. That is obvious.

August 22, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Leftists have selective vision regarding Charlottesville

Leftists had a corporate autonomous sensory meridian response (brain orgasm) when one of the most racially divisive presidents in American history, Barack Obama, tweeted: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion."

August 22, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


‘Draining the Swamp’ isn’t a part-time job

When the leftists at the Washington Post start offering relationship advice, a Republican knows he could be on the cusp of something big. A recent WaPost headline warned, "Trump's baffling attacks on McConnell could be costly to the president."

August 21, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


CEOs to Trump: You’re bad for business

It's not often - actually, it's never happened before - that a Republican president gets dissed and dumped by corporate titans like Dow, Merck, Campbell Soup, the Blackstone Group, 3M, Intel, Ernst & Young, JP Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, PepsiCo, and IBM.

August 19, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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 top of that list were journalists, reporters and writers.

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 tractor-trailer truck, and saw Old Glory proudly snapping in the strong wind behind the cab.

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 pedal pushers and Hula-hoops. Stick a transistor radio in a front shirt pocket and twist yourself into the ground replicating the gyrations of Elvis. Presley, not Costello.

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 new nation called the United States of America is going to do about the "peculiar institution" of slavery now that it's won its freedom from England.

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 Aug. 5. Just about a week later, the so-called president of all the people has refused to utter or tweet a single word of condemnation.

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 its own Obamacare premiums, the pushback from congressional leadership has been ferocious. But if GOP leaders on the Hill think through the implications, they should see that it is actually in their strategic interests to welcome a move by President Trump to force them and their staff to live with the Obamacare law - until it can be changed.

August 14, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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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


The Democrats have a Hillary Clinton problem

As she embarks on her spread the blame tour to juice sales of her book, "What Happened," Hillary Clinton risks becoming a caricature - an embittered ...

September 14, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Hillary and Co. should chill

My message to certain Democrats, starting with Hillary Clinton: Don't go away mad, just go away.

September 13, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


DACA: Delayed accountability for contemptuous aliens

Remember when candidate Donald Trump promised when he was president, "We're going to win so much. You're going to get tired of winning."?

September 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Important Italians America want to vilify

On March 14, 1891, in the city of New Orleans, 11 Italian Americans were lynched by an angry mob. The anger stemmed from a jury ...

September 12, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


What to do about North Korea

Seems like there are two North Korea options: Bomb the hell out of them and kill innocent people, or hope North Korea doesn't bomb ...

September 12, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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 ...

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 ...

September 11, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Lesson

September 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


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