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For Love of Country

My father served in the Second World War. He was on the ground in northern Africa and Italy. He lived during a time when the threat of war engulfed every major nation and when the call to serve weighed heavily on the mind of every American. Millions were drafted into our armed forces, joining men and women who had volunteered knowing that they could make the difference between freedom and tyranny for generations of Americans to come. My father and the people around him served with one thing in mind – one thing that outweighed the fear they felt, the way ...

November 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


The Primal Scream for Trump and What It Means

I didn't think it would happen. I was wrong. And if it's true what they say, that misery loves company, well, I have plenty of it.

November 10, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


On Veterans Day we hear stories never before told

Many years ago there was a television show named Queen for a Day. It was on NBC so it was a channel we could watch in Great Bend. It featured one mother who would win a prize that was the equivalent of living like royalty. Mothers with names like Shirley, Gladys or Rita would be reduced to tears at the announcement they would receive something absurdly valuable in those days to a home maker, like a new clothes washer. The show was a ratings smash.

November 10, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


America Needs a Smart Infrastructure Program

With less than a week before the presidential election, attention in the nation's capital is turning slowly to what might be accomplished during the "lame duck" - that period when legislative business is conducted after the voting has done but before the new Congress is sworn in.

November 09, 2016 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Don’t Encase Your Children in Bubble Wrap

I doubt that I would see eye-to-eye on any political topic with Leslie Kendall Dye, but we are muy simpatico when it comes to child-raising philosophy. Dye writes in the Washington Post that she's tired of busybodies warning that her daughter is about to be maimed.

November 09, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Christmas Creep

A sign on the door at Starbucks advised that hours on Christmas Day will be 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Good to know-but 60 days in advance? Inside the Paso Robles, Calif. store coffee was being served in festive green cups, although outside it was 82 degrees on a sunny fall afternoon.

November 08, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Americans Want a Different Foreign Policy

I have said throughout this presidential campaign that it doesn't matter much which candidate wins. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are authoritarians and neither can be expected to roll back the leviathan state that destroys our civil liberties at home while destroying our economy and security with endless wars overseas.

November 08, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Vote for Trump

Trump or Clinton?

November 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hillary’s ‘Wise Judgment’ Claims Reduced to Dust

It was only a matter of time before we figured out who Anthony Weiner would screw next.

November 07, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Campaigns Hit Sour Notes

Win or lose, after Election Day it's safe to assume that one or both of the presidential candidates will be singing a different tune. Thank goodness for that.

November 05, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Jefferson/Adams was the Clinton/Trump of It’s Day

Politics are such a torment that I would advise everyone I love not to mix with them.

November 05, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Corruption is the Cornerstone of the Clinton Campaign

Reopening Hillary Clinton's FBI investigation isn't a political ploy, nor is it an "October Surprise." But it could be God's early Christmas gift to America.

November 03, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


ObamaCare Q&A for Dummies

Now that open enrollment is upon us and ObamaCare premiums are soaring through the roof (again), my email inbox is being flooded with questions from frustrated Americans. I'll do my best to provide answers that even a dummy could understand.

November 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Give the Death Penalty to Drug Dealers Convicted of Murder

Democrats may not like building a wall to choke the flow of drugs into the country, but the blue state of Delaware is considering a get-tough policy for those whose products result in their victims' deaths.

November 02, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Sorry Liberals, but Not Every Law Targets Minorities

Samantha Sunne had an authentically gritty New York City experience during a recent visit. She "spent four hours curled in a ball, balancing on a narrow wooden bench...trying to avoid the freezing cinderblock walls and the cold cement floor, splattered with cigarette butts and rotten food."

November 02, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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Be thankful if you don’t take a drumstick to the noggin

"Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday of the year. Now I can't wait for it to be over."

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A classier class war

Just when you thought America had fallen down the rabbit hole entering an undiscovered country with no recognizable features and a strange distorted landscape, whom ...

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Family writings provide perspective on being thankful

Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful:

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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


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