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Why Americans Want Smaller, Cozier Houses

Get this: Americans are getting sick of McMansions.

February 06, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Fight Global Warming: Approve the Pipeline!

President Obama laid out his personal standard for approving the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in his global warming speech at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013. If the project increases global warming, he'll veto it. Based on that standard, he should now approve the project - immediately.

February 06, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Texas Still Waiting for the 21st Century to Show Up

Sometimes rhetorical questions demand answers. When Texas state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte asked, "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?" the deafening roar from the gallery carried Wendy Davis' filibuster over the midnight finish line last summer. But Van de Putte only got an answer last week. It turns out that it doesn't matter if a woman is even dead or raped. Texas Republicans don't recognize women at all.

February 05, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Tip of the Stove-Pipe Hat To Abe Lincoln

February 12 marks the 205th anniversary of the birth of our sixteenth president. Yes, I could write a lot of dry, pompous stuff about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln; but whereas Lincoln had only 18 months of formal education, I was exposed to the warped perspective of history teacher Jerry Holt at Marshall County High School (Lewisburg, Tennessee) for THREE YEARS, so what you're going to get is The Lincoln You Never Knew.

February 05, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Liberals Say the Funniest Things... Sometimes

Out here on the East Coast, left-wingers ignore all sorts of research proving their feel-good remedies often exacerbate the problems they try to solve, such as violence (with gun buy-backs) and unemployment (by raising the minimum wage).

February 04, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Viewers Really Ad Up

Has anyone invented a DVR that automatically skips the programs so you can watch only the commercials?

February 04, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Lots of Laughs, but Sad Commentary

I admit I dozed off once or twice.

February 02, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Obama’s Final Turning Point

It's crunch time for President Barack Obama. President Lyndon Johnson once said: "Being President is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but stand there and take it."

February 02, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Black History Month: Where Does It Go From Here?

As luck would have it, I was multitasking while researching this Black History Month column. While I scanned www.blackhistorydaily.com for appropriate quotations from some noted African-American, I jumped over to Yahoo! and stumbled across the perfect quote in the obituary of Pete Seeger (folksinger, activist and noted Caucasian).

January 31, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Correct Spelling, Canceled

As an American, I laugh at those archaic British spellings. Colour? Honour? Their inferiourity, if you will, is obvious. Centre? Theatre? Ridiculous. Most of these barbaric forms were corrected in America hundreds of years ago. Yet one galling Britishism is appearing on my computer screen all too frequently of late: "cancelled," with a gratuitous extra l.

January 31, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


‘School choice’ should be transparent

This past week, The Tribune received a press release asking us to consider running a story about National School Choice Week, Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. However, most of the resources they pointed to were directed towards large metropolitan areas. In addition, we could not locate in these materials what organization(s) were sponsors of this national campaign.

January 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


The War Against Children

"...that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love..." - Mother Teresa

January 30, 2014 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


From State of the Union to altered states

God bless America, and how's everybody?

January 30, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Holding Arne Duncan to a Higher Standard

America, the elites are very disappointed in you. We're not keeping up with South Korea and Singapore, they tell us, because you are coddling your mediocre children who are being taught by bottom-of-the-barrel teachers. But have no fear, America, help is on the way! Pearson, the testing company that has gotten rich by making American students fill in little bubbles all day long, is advising the White House on how to whip us all into college-ready shape.

January 29, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


It’s Later than Men Think

The illusion was good while it lasted. I speak of the male biological clock.

January 29, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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On Race, the Left Should Look in the Mirror

Let's be frank; not many people feel comfortable discussing the subject of race.

January 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Technology Vs Privacy: Is Your Home No Longer Your Castle?

When I was a lad, I would sprawl on the floor, reading "Dick Tracy" in the Sunday comics and marveling at high-tech police tools such as magnetic air cars and two-way wrist TVs.

January 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Education is Too Important Not to Leave to the Marketplace

This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year's events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized education sparked by the federal Common Core curriculum.

January 29, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Millennials Buy into Homeownership

Young Americans continue to put off homeownership, and that isn't good for anyone.

January 29, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The New Political Ice Age

Raging Moderate by Will Durst

January 28, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Whatever Happened to Pragmatism?

We complain about a two-party system that's stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it's time to give pragmatism a chance.

January 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


States Should Force Federal Gas Tax Cut

For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.

January 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ted Cruz and Climate Change

If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President.

January 27, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The State of the Bubble Address

I didn't watch the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

January 25, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


How Neocons Hacked the Conservative Movement

It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.

January 25, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Why We Need a Better Sense of Humor

Boy, does the world need a better sense of humor right about now.

January 23, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Return of Satire

Decades after being dismissed by George S. Kaufman as a genre that "closes on Saturday night," satire, like the measles and mumps, is making a comeback. And in many quarters, remains the most feared of the three conditions.

January 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Is ‘Je suis Charlie’ an Accurate Slogan?

In the wake of the terrorist massacre in Paris, the new battle cry throughout the civilized world is "Je suis Charlie," meaning "I am Charlie." The phrase expresses solidarity for the four cartoonists and 13 others butchered by Islamic terrorists who attacked the satirical newspaper and a kosher market. But, actually, it's clear now that the slogan for this century should be another one: "We are screwed."

January 22, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


It's Always About Hitler

Hitler is in the news again, invoked by some ignorant people.

January 22, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Adios, Rick Perry

A decade ago, Rick Perry famously signed off an interview with the words, "Adios, mofo." Now, signing off as governor, he told the same reporter, "Adios, my friend." He might be on his way out, but he's leaving behind a cast of characters that promises years of entertainment. The price of oil might be tanking, but stupid will always be Texas' most abundant natural resource.

January 21, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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