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Beware the ‘conservative’ who grows in office

The maddening problem facing conservatives fighting the growth of Big Government is that much of the growth is fertilized by former conservatives who start growing first. The phenomena is most evident in benighted lands that don't impose term limits and have legislative bodies that meet year around.

January 30, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Democrats are masters at political posturing

Remember the yelling, screaming and personal attacks on the credibility of Republicans who opposed slapping the Unaffordable Care Act onto the federal spending bill just four years ago?

January 30, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The false choice between the dreamers and the military

While it is a pleasant surprise that last weekend's shutdown was resolved so quickly, there is hardly time for a sigh of relief. In just a few short weeks, the latest continuing resolution will run out - leaving the government without funds once more.

January 29, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Baseball says ‘no’ to cheaters

Since the advent of sabermetrics, the already insufferable annual argument about who should get into the dysfunctional Baseball Hall of Fame has become more tedious.

January 29, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Reign of error

It's been quite a year, the exact reverse of that whole "time flies when you're having fun" thing. These last twelve months have slogged by like cold molasses riddled with bat guano dripping through a tightly woven bamboo sieve. It seems like decades since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Shouldn't he be termed out by now?

January 27, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump and his toadies don tinfoil hats

A wild animal is most dangerous when it's cornered. We're seeing that now.

January 27, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Funeral for a friend: farewell Mark Allan

My brother Tim's text message pinged my phone last Sunday morning. "Mark Allan died. His obit is in today's Tribune." I closed my eyes and a flood of distinct memories came rushing back. And a week later I'm still thinking about Mark, the Allan family, and the universe we shared in a window of time that spanned the late 60's and early 70's.

January 27, 2018 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Dan Rather returns

He looked pretty good sitting behind the antique partners desk in his home-office. In fact, darn good for a newsman of 86.

January 25, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Stop misrepresenting the Statue of Liberty!

They'll do it every time.

January 25, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The consequences of our racist President

Last week, during discussions on a bipartisan immigration compromise, President Trump set a new low bar. During the conversation, he purportedly demanded to know why we wanted "all these people from s---hole countries" in Central America and Africa coming to the United States, requesting people from "places like Norway" instead.

January 24, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Hey, feds, take your ethanol mandate and shovel it!

My back is sore from shoveling snow - and it's the federal government's fault.

January 24, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The security threat posed by s---hole countries

President Trump's dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don't share his skin tone is frightening. Equally disturbing is his ignorance of history, his inability to think strategically, and his incomprehensible approach to international relations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his assessment of Africa.

January 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Raw water: threat or menace?

Thirty-plus years ago, aunt Addie Lee dropped in on the farmhouse that my parents used for storage and family cookouts. She quaffed a glass of sparkling tap water and waxed eloquent about how our good ol' spring water put to shame the over-processed H2O from the municipal water works.

January 23, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The truth about a government shutdown

This weekend the United States Treasury bumped up against the "debt ceiling." This debt ceiling is to the government like the credit card limit is to your dreams of really furnishing your man cave.

January 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Wolff’s book resonates because Trump keeps confirming it

Nobody is more stunned about the stratospheric sales of "Fire and Fury" than the guy who wrote it.

January 22, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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Republican cherry picking

We all know what "cherry picking" is. Sifting through available evidence to pluck out the bits and pieces that support one particular narrative while ignoring ...

February 22, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


My genuine bipartisan compromise offer

The nation just witnessed what the OpMedia and the Commentariat like to call "bipartisan legislation." The occasion was the two-year spending-palooza that Curator of the ...

February 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Now is the time to politicize gun violence

Now is the time to politicize gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, how can we not?

February 21, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Ice Dancer

February 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Are your old photos a tricking time bomb?

For most of my adult life, I kicked myself because I had carried a one-of-a-kind childhood photo (featuring me, my brother and our cousins) in ...

February 21, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


I’m failing at passwords

I have several online accounts that I use a few times year and not once have I gained access without first trying several passwords and ...

February 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


George Washington’s history? It’s complicated

"What do you mean that America's youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?"

February 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Yes, a Republican running for Congress is also a Nazi

Forget Washington for a moment. Forget the news that the Republican Congress has voted to massively deepen the budget deficit, the same deficit they used ...

February 19, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


It’s still not guns

During the intense media coverage of Wednesday's tragic events in Parkland, Fla., I was shocked to hear it was the 18th school shooting so ...

February 19, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


What if it was your daughter, Mr. President?

Imagine late one night there's a knock at your front door. You open it. Standing before you is your grown daughter. She's crying ...

February 17, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Congress indifferent to Puerto Rico’s tragedy

After an absence of more than 50 years, I returned to Puerto Rico this month to view firsthand Hurricane Maria's devastation. I spent most ...

February 17, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


It’s madness to surrender in the war on drugs

I recently read a commentary by someone who urged us to stop using the word "addict," because it somehow stigmatizes drug users. We were told ...

February 15, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Washington’s blame game

Pointing fingers is a Washington pastime. The blame game currently playing out between Republicans and Democrats has been raging over issues ranging from the treatment ...

February 15, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Donald Trump: Banana Republican

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington D.C.

February 14, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Stop worrying so much about Tide Pods

My New York friend Larry was nearly out of breath on the phone.

February 14, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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