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Reflections from my forty year reunion

There comes a time in one's life when you can feel the arc of life start to descend. The realization that the road is ahead is shorter than the one behind. Your age is part of it, but only a part. For me, I had this sense initially when my mother Ramona passed away in May, 2002. It was a much different sense but unquestionably familiar when our fourth child, Maggie left for college three years ago. At that point, our dog, Bernie, was my constant companion. Then the time came when we had to say goodbye to her.

October 27, 2017 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Hooray for Hollywood

Actors, actresses, producers, writers, directors, executives, and those who do their dirty work are jumping up and down on the casting couch, attempting to trample it once and for all.

October 26, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Trump takes aim at his own feet

Like the previous week and every one since February, the last seven day period has been a perfect example of why the current administration gets less traction than a flamingo wearing galoshes on an ice rink. The problem is Donald Trump: King of the unforced error, who shoots himself in the foot so many times, it's amazing he has either of his knees left.

October 26, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Inappropriate Halloween costumes

"Now that everything has become politicized, it only makes sense that Halloween costumes should be politicized, too."

October 25, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Outing the Weinsteins

We know Hollywood moguls are infamous for taking advantage of aspiring young actresses.

October 24, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Fact-checking the New York Times

The New York Times editorial board recently published, "5 Climate Truths Donald Trump Doesn't Understand."

October 24, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Virginia Governor’s race is the establishment’s revenge

November's off-year Virginia governor's race is what conservatives would have faced in 2016 if Trump had done a Hillary as he descended the escalator for his announcement and wound up in A Place for Mom instead of the Oval Office.

October 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump’s telling feud with a grieving family

On October 4th, U.S. Special Forces troops on a mission in southwestern Niger were ambushed by militants, resulting in the deaths of four U.S. servicemembers and an ally from a partner nation.

October 23, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


‘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 speaks to the resilience of our democratic institutions.

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 car to car in a designated parking lot to collect candy is still very controversial.

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 be accomplished when the cold keeps us inside. But, we also hope to free up some time for just being lazy, don't we?

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. Fool. Jerk. Pinhead. Nitwit. Idiot. Nincompoop. Until finally... moron. It doesn't quite scale the heights of "total moron" or "banana faced monkey dribbler," but it's close.

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 enough.

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. By that evening, she was so weak she could barely move.

October 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Give thanks to the One most worthy

I heard a sermon on the radio a while back that impressed me. The minister was saying that God does not get chills down his ...

November 20, 2017 | By Judi Tabler | Columnists


Not Sen. Moore and not Weird Al

Hello, Senator Franken.

November 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


For Hillary Clinton, dreams die hard

Nothing, it seems, energizes Bill and Hillary Clinton's dedicated band of camp followers faster or with greater intensity than suggestions that responsibility for her ...

November 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


The NHL turns 100: What lies ahead?

Let's start with a disclaimer, just so I'm not skating on thin ice.

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A prayer for peace that calls us to act

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Howard Henry's no preacher.

November 17, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Congress obsesses over amnesty

One year ago, 63 million Americans elected Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States. Energized by candidate Trump's pledge to ...

November 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


UCLA players: Off the court and into the courtroom

The behavior of UCLA Bruins basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, who were arrested in China last week and charged with shoplifting ...

November 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Important caveat for dems after election night wins

Heading into Tuesday night's gubernatorial election in Virginia, national Democrats badly needed a win. After dropping some serious coin in special elections in Georgia ...

November 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump goes belly up in China

Donald Trump has dumped all his macho stump rhetoric about China and morphed into a wimp. Since he probably never believed what he spouted in ...

November 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Some of the Devil’s best work

The devil sat drunk and giddy in a bar, boasting about his recent "accomplishments."

November 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


On climate, the United States now stands alone

In Bonn, Germany, representatives of countries around the world have gathered for the annual UN Climate Change Conference. The mood might be a little different ...

November 13, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Should day baseball return to the World Series?

Baseball scribes proclaimed the 2017 World Series as one for the ages. You can't prove it by me, an Eastern Time Zone fan unable ...

November 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Veterans Day by the numbers

"I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces."

November 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Thanksgiving: have you already missed it???

As far as Thanksgiving songs are concerned, "Over the River and Through the Woods" may soon be replaced by rock group Chicago's "Does Anybody ...

November 11, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Always searching, sometimes finding

There are those times when something tells you that instead of turning that way, it might be better to turn this way. Have you ever ...

November 09, 2017 | By the Rev. George O. Martin | Columnists


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