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Dead Solid Summer

Every year, it's with a gleeful relief we embrace Independence Day, which marks the beginning of dead solid summer. The Fourth of July is a red white and blue arrow to the bulls-eye of patriotism when we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our country by packing together in crowds, drinking a lot of beer and blowing stuff up real good.

July 09, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Legit Precedent for Gay Marriage

I did a lot of soul searching last week, trying to figure out why the legalization of same sex marriage has administered such an emotional sucker punch to my solar plexus. Some would say it's because I'm a bigot, and a bigot is never ready for the sea change that annihilates her bigoted world view. Others, including my caring and cautionary friends, have said that they understand how difficult it must be to see my concept of constitutional integrity ignored and displaced by that branch of government that represents the pinnacle of my profession, my secular Vatican, as ...

July 08, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Republicans Are at Odds with Corporate America

The Republican brand is that they're on the side of business. "Corporations are people, my friends," uttered doomed 2012 presidential candidate, CEO-turned-Massachusetts-Governor Mitt Romney. At the time I assumed what he actually meant was, "Corporations are my friends, people."

July 08, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


The Confederate Flag Flap

You can tell it's presidential election season.

July 07, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Powder Room Police

My father grew up in rural Texas during the 1930s. He childhood featured dirt roads, a hand-crank telephone and outhouses. Most, if not all, of the bathrooms the Shannons constructed were what is termed a "one-holer."

July 07, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Rebel Flag the Ultimate Dog Whistle

Since its reintroduction on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Confederate flag has been the source of controversy with a regularity approaching that of a Madonna comeback album. Sadly, it has been thrust into the news once more because some kid who loved it went crazy and committed an atrocity. A racially charged atrocity. Yes. Again.

July 05, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Political Correctness and the Confederate Flag

More and more people want the Confederate flag gone immediately. Before getting too hasty, though, some things must be considered.

July 05, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


I salute America

I salute...the editor of a colonial newspaper who shut down his paper rather than pay the Stamp Act tax of 1765; his last edition proclaimed liberty as "the greatest blessing human beings can enjoy"and taxation without representation as being "fettered with the chains of inimical servitude."

July 03, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


Independence Day's Importance

"Beer, family gatherings and fireworks! Gosh, I love the Fourth of July!"

July 03, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Whining is For Duffers, Not Pros

Sometimes you just have to get away from politics, if even for half a weekend.

July 02, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Obamacare Ruling is a Conservative Win

The dream of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has now been realized. Their solution-their idea for universal health care has been passed by both houses, signed by the president and upheld twice now by the Supreme Court. Yes, they call it Obamacare. Yes, they strangely call it socialism. But yes, it was their idea.

July 02, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Salon's 'Big Lie' About Guns and Mental Illness

I'm strongly in favor of keeping the mentally ill away from firearms and I'm coming around to approving any policy that keeps crazy 'journalists' away from a keyboard, too. Case in point is Salon.com writer Arthur Chu. His rant titled "It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males" makes Alex Jones sound like Dr. Phil.

July 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Why Spy on France?

According to WikiLeaks, the United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, reports Reuters. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn why.

July 01, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Personality Tests: Jobseekers Beware!

"There's no such thing as a stupid question - but we're doing our best."

June 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Ray of Hope in the Confederacy of Dunces

In the annals of political flip flops - or "evolutions," if you prefer - none have arguably rivaled the breathtaking triple back flip executed late Monday by the governor of South Carolina.

June 30, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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The things we’re not allowed to compare abortion to

Here are some of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to:

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


My day at the Creation Museum

I spent Fathers Day at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. The museum is filled with many animated, life-size dinosaurs accompanied by ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No, Hillary won’t win Texas

Recently, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, claimed she wants to win Texas in the fall and thinks it is possible.

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Best and worst states for children revealed

What's it like to be a child in your state?

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Memories of a 1970s Dog

A thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vin Scully Heads for Home

On a recent weekend, Bob Costas was broadcasting the Cardinals game in St. Louis, Dick Enberg was behind the mic at the Padres game in ...

June 22, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Orlando Massacre: Love Still Wins

No matter how dark or evil the moment, love wins. It always has.

June 21, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Liberals Have the Wrong Response to Gun Violence

Pink Pistols, an LGBT self-defense organization, doesn't care what color you choose for your weapon so long as you choose one.

June 20, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Parents of Gator Victim Deserve Prayers, Not Criticism

A couple of weeks ago, I blamed the mother who let her child fall into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, because she should ...

June 20, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Worried Trump Can Beat Hillary? Don't Be.

You know that nutjob you always see on the street, speed-rapping to himself about God knows what? His verbatim dialogue probably goes something like this:

June 18, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


For Father's Day – The Apple Core and the Toilet

I don't know what I was thinking: In 1973, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet, an action I ...

June 18, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


In the basement, without their Rock

The Wizard of Oz" made Kansas synonymous with tornadoes. But it took the Topeka tornado of June 1966, to bring this Hollywood fiction to reality ...

June 18, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Despite Terrorism Ties, Obama Won't Acknowledge the Obvious

The mass murders in Orlando shouldn't be blamed on inadequate gun control laws, described as a lone wolf attack, characterized as a homegrown terrorist ...

June 16, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Long History of Militant Islam

"The ambassador answered us that...it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it ...

June 16, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Fascism: A Bipartisan Affliction

If neoconservatives and progressives truly understood fascism, they would stop using the word as a smear term. That is because both groups, along with most ...

June 15, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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