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Trump buys survival insurance from Brett Kavanaugh

Feel free to tell yourself that Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court because the guy went to Yale (Trump reportedly loves Ivy League creds), or because the guy has been thoroughly vetted by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society (the right-wing groups that have long been funneling conservative judges to the bench).

July 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The resistance is a failure

You don't need 20/20 vision to see that the whole world is waiting for the Democratic Party to push back against the tyrannical tendencies of the Trump administration. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

July 12, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Visa holders homeward bound?

During the upcoming mid-term elections, the 35 Senate races and the 435 House of Representatives campaigns will feature candidates who promise to help create more jobs. Their pledge to improve the labor market for unemployed and underemployed American workers will be at their platforms' core.

July 11, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Vacation checklist

If you're getting ready for summer vacation, here's a handy checklist of things you won't need.

July 11, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Summertime dinner calls long overdue

Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.

July 10, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


There goes the neighborhood

I was never a fan of the children's show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" when I was a kid. My eyes were usually focused on the town of Bedrock. There was a lot more going on there than in the sleepy place where Mr. Rogers lived. If I wasn't hanging out with "The Flintstones," I might be found immersed in the hyperkinetic world of Warner Brothers' "Looney Toons."

July 10, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


The Democrats' socialist meltdown

What a great July 4.

July 09, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Time for Conservatives to go on strike

Retiring Rep. Paul Ryan, R-NeverTrump, has revealed what he hopes will be his lasting political legacy; he intends to be the last Republican Speaker of the House. Ever.

July 09, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Hey, Democrats: It’s the Supreme Court, stupid

My advice to Democrats - which I've offered for free since the dawn of this century - is that they pound this mantra into their thick skulls: "It's the Supreme Court, stupid."

July 07, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Journalists aren’t so different from our readers

If you stay in the news business long enough, you're inevitably going to run into a reader who has a grievance - sometimes legitimate, sometimes not - against their hometown newspaper.

July 07, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Have you made these blunders on a first date?

I have done the math. I'm neither bragging nor complaining - just stating the facts: including my initial meeting with my wife, I've gone on precisely SIX first dates in my entire lifetime.

July 07, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Maryland muddle

When rational thinking fails or is simply ignored, conflation often takes over. It is, by definition, the merging of two or more different sets of information or opinion into one.

July 07, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


America’s Netflixation

For the past couple of years, I've put in my recommended thirty minutes of rigorous near-death exertion per day by watching Netflix while pedaling a recumbent stationary bicycle, the piece of exercise equipment that most closely resembles a recliner.

July 05, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go

Will Nancy Pelosi continue to make the House her home for much longer? Two recent events give one pause for thought.

July 05, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Embracing violence is not what our politics needs

The Democratic Party wants you to be so angry that you are embracing violence and ostracizing everyone who disagrees with your views.

July 04, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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Middle America, are you ready for your face tattoos?

Like many kids, I had a dalliance with washable temporary tattoos.

August 18, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Americans too worried to vacation

"Here we are in peak vacation season, but I'm afraid to take my paid vacation time off!"

August 16, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


I feel the need, the need for A/C!

Welcome to another installment of "Things You Should Do Before A Wild Saturday Night Consists Of Cruising the Aisles at Walgreen's for Prune Juice ...

August 16, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Can the beer industry still brew up a comeback?

It's a drastically different world than when I was working a summertime job during college.

August 15, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump’s war on the press won’t end well

In baseball lingo, the high, inside fastball is known as the brushback, a tactic to inform the batter that he'd better be cautious about ...

August 14, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Renewable fuel reforms needed now

In 2005, when Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it was in expectation that the nation's supply of gasoline would soon be supplemented ...

August 14, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


America first or America alone?

This week, the first consequences of President Trump's choice to violate the P5+1's nuclear agreement with Iran have emerged. As his administration ...

August 13, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Trump’s wall is the wrong priority

Once, August was a tranquil time on Capitol Hill. But that's no longer the case. After months of contentious wrangling over health care, taxes ...

August 13, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


How to survive your summer vacation

We look forward to it for months. Calendars have been cleared, reservations made, and the anticipation in the house is so high, it vibrates like ...

August 11, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Under Trump, it’s easy to like Ike

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The golf clubs in the laundry room at the rear of Dwight Eisenhower's farmhouse here are perched and ready, as if the ...

August 09, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Tweet presidentially, Mr. Trump

Trump is still being Trump.

August 09, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Jamestown is now a very funny place

As thousands of tourists crowded into the center of town in search of hearty laughs, I walked over to Lake View Cemetery for a look ...

August 08, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump is right to end Obama’s fuel economy scheme

Obama's astonishing takeover of the automobile industry was accomplished through a process even more corrupt than his takeover of the health care sector. While ...

August 08, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Why is election security a partisan issue?

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent, bipartisan body responsible for key aspects of voter registration, election administration, and technical guidelines for voting systems ...

August 07, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


A Philly man’s detention in Africa should not be ignored

When good people fight for freedom and peace, the rest of us should fight for them.

August 07, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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