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Beyond the Beltway, Democrats are Even Worse Off

We're all so fixated on what's happening right now in Washington - where Team Trump, shocked by its own victory, is scrambling to form a government with predictable incompetence - that it's easy to ignore what's happening in the states beyond the Beltway.

November 17, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Anti-Trump Riots and America’s Lost Generation

Watching the recent anti-Trump post-victory riots on television and the temper tantrums on social media, it's become obvious that, without Divine intervention, the ever-fearful Millennial generation will become known as America's Lost Generation.

November 16, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


A Memo to the Trump Administration on Defense Spending

In a disturbing indication of how difficult it would be to bring military spending in line with actual threats overseas, House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) told President Obama last week that his war funding request of $11.6 billion for the rest of the year was far too low. That figure for the last two months of 2016 is larger than Spain's budget for the entire year! And this is just a "war-fighting" supplemental, not actual "defense" spending! More U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere and the supplemental request is ...

November 16, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump Told Forgotten Folks They Mattered

When people are generally passionate about things, they sometimes exceed the bounds of reason.

November 15, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Trump Win Predictable, but not to Pollsters

When people tell me that Donald Trump's election as the nation's 45th president shocked them, I reply that they must not be paying attention to what goes on around them. The nation is a mess---the economy is in the doldrums, most of the few available jobs are part-time and low-paying, the infrastructure is crumbling, the massive $20 trillion national debt is getting bigger, the $531 billion trade deficit is poised to go higher---and these are merely the most glaring problems that have festered under President Obama.

November 15, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


What Did Voters Really See?

So, the most frequent refrain since Election Day is that "no one saw this coming." Not the pollsters, not the media, not the Democrats' machine.

November 14, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Get a Grip, Losers

It's all over.

November 14, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


In Victory, A Side of Trump I Didn’t Expect

The campaign is done. The votes are counted. And America is waking up from one of the strangest, angriest and most divisive presidential campaigns in recent memory.

November 12, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump Win Predictable, but not to Pollsters

When people tell me that Donald Trump's election as the nation's 45th president shocked them, I reply that they must not be paying attention to what goes on around them. The nation is a mess---the economy is in the doldrums, most of the few available jobs are part-time and low-paying, the infrastructure is crumbling, the massive $20 trillion national debt is getting bigger, the $531 billion trade deficit is poised to go higher---and these are merely the most glaring problems that have festered under President Obama.

November 12, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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


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California wildfires, horses and celebrities

News reports about California wildfires often seem to focus on horses, celebrities and schadenfreude. Sometimes fire victims suffer a second time from the crazy news ...

December 14, 2017 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists


Top 10 Comedic News Stories of 2017

Put down the nog. Let in the dog. Delay your spouse's jog. Buy a mask for the smog. Alert the press in Prague. Because ...

December 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Virginia politicians surprised drivers object to destination tax

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) opened a new toll road recently. The highway has been in existence since 1982, but the toll gantries are ...

December 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


My warm winter nights with Roberto Clemente

I first saw Roberto Clemente in 1955 when he was a 21-year-old outfielder playing for the Santurce Crabbers, a Puerto Rican Winter League team. My ...

December 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Muslim ban persists, but why?

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the Trump Administration's wish to fully implement the "travel ban" while challenges to the ...

December 12, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


The Elf on the Edge: A Christmas irritation

Several years ago, my family was presented with a gift that, since then, has become a national Christmas holiday phenomenon - The Elf on the Shelf.

December 12, 2017 | Jason Graves | Columnists


Two horrible actions for Republicans

President Trump won the election as a populist. He excoriated everyone else in the primaries. His voters loved him for calling out Clinton as "Crooked ...

December 11, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Crashing the DC Men’s Club

I finally get why President Trump tweets.

December 11, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


‘Help me, Dad’

Days after the cruel, unjust not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle trial, Americans are still raging over the decision. Regardless of people's opinions ...

December 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Hottest baby names of 2018? Don’t know, don’t care

It's a dreaded holiday tradition. Couples who are expecting a child (or trying to conceive) receive unsolicited naming ideas (some casually suggested, some "suggested ...

December 09, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


No, Trump doesn’t stand above the law

Hey, did you know that President Donald Trump can't be found guilty of obstruction of justice?

December 07, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The net neutrality noise machine turns violent

The perpetual outrage mob on the left has adopted an unlikely target of late - the brainy, affable head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman ...

December 07, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Americans can bake hamburger buns!

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at Chicago's Cloverhill Bakery that netted 800 illegal alien employees can be looked at two ways. First, management ...

December 06, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Making off like Madoff

December marks nine years since Ponzi-king Bernie Madoff made his perp walk into the U.S. District Courthouse in Manhattan. Last month, the Justice Department ...

December 06, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Charitable giving - it’s an American tradition

Ah, the giving season is upon us - the best time of the year to be an American.

December 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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