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Have-Nots Still Come Up Short

The brightest economic news in years shows that median household income in the U.S. has climbed to $56,516. And get this: It means that most Americans need only $49,943,484 in additional earnings or net worth to qualify for a fill up at a gas station to be built in Greenwich, Conn. (more about which in a moment).

September 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Have-Nots Still Come Up Short

The brightest economic news in years shows that median household income in the U.S. has climbed to $56,516. And get this: It means that most Americans need only $49,943,484 in additional earnings or net worth to qualify for a fill up at a gas station to be built in Greenwich, Conn. (more about which in a moment).

September 17, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


New York's Bizarre Nuclear Bailout

States with nuclear power plants are grappling with a highly unusual conundrum. The plants are running significant operating losses, but allowing them to be shut down would, paradoxically, significantly increase electric bills, because new energy sources to replace them would be considerably more expensive.

September 17, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


2016 Election: Crash, Burn and Repeat

We might as well be watching a 30-car pile-up the way Americans are holding hands over their eyes trying to avoid the grisly bits of the most grotesque presidential race we have witnessed in this, the second decade of the 21st Century. Of course, it's only the 2nd election during that time, but still.

September 15, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Evolution of Obama's Thoughts on Clinton

Does time really change people?

September 15, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Woman’s View

It was early in the summer. The phone rang. The caller I.D. read, "Publishers' Clearing House."

September 14, 2016 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Trump or Hillary or ?

It's after Labor Day.

September 14, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Pondering the Regrettable History of Taxation

Ah, the campaign season.

September 14, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Fed Plans for the Next Crisis

In her recent address at the Jackson Hole monetary policy conference, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by the end of the year. Markets reacted favorably to Yellen's suggested rate increase. This is surprising, as, except for one small increase last year, the Federal Reserve has not followed through on the numerous suggestions of rate increases that Yellen and other Fed officials have made over the past several years.

September 13, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Wells Fargo is a Bank, Not a Center for Political Activism

If Wells Fargo was focused on bank charges and interest rates rather than political hot button issues, perhaps they wouldn't have had to fire thousands of employees for ripping off customers and be liable for millions in fines.

September 13, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Clinton/Trump Debates Will Underwhelm

What we learned from the "Commander-in-Chief" exercise the other night is: (a) neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is fastidious about facts, (b) Matt Lauer is a nice guy but not up to presidential politics, and (c) voters expecting better in the "real" debate Sept. 26, should not hold their breaths.

September 12, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Compared to Clinton, Trump Seems Lost at Sea

So who's winning the Commander-in-Chief Election?

September 12, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump’s Real Pay-to-Pay Scandal Ignored by the Media

How refreshing it is, after weeks and months of faux Clinton Foundation "scandals," after all the fatuous media talk about "optics" and "perceptions," to finally have a real Foundation scandal to chew on. An actual example of pay-to-play, of money given and a favor granted. And it comes to us courtesy of Donald Trump.

September 10, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Clinton Wants Voters to Ignore the Facts

"Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials' correspondence be retained as part of the agency's record," Michael S. Schmidt wrote in his now-famous March 2, 2015, New York Times article.

September 10, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Alumni Football: There Is No Spry In 'Team'

"Glory days, well, they'll pass you by/Glory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye/But fork over $125 and sign this waiver/and, my friend, you're still The Guy." (With apologies to Bruce Springsteen.)

September 08, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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Virginia Governor’s race is the establishment’s revenge

November's off-year Virginia governor's race is what conservatives would have faced in 2016 if Trump had done a Hillary as he descended the ...

October 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump’s telling feud with a grieving family

On October 4th, U.S. Special Forces troops on a mission in southwestern Niger were ambushed by militants, resulting in the deaths of four U ...

October 23, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


‘Fake News’ exposes Trump’s swamp creature

Before we inevitably face Trump's next phantasmagoria, let's briefly pause to celebrate the speedy downfall of a apparatchik of the president. Because it ...

October 21, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Is “Trunk or Treat” a Halloween Heresy?

My family will be participating in two or three "trunk or treat" activities this month, but I've learned that the trend of going from ...

October 21, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Reading is a great pastime

At this time of year, we are thinking about all there is to do in the coming months. We know too well what needs to ...

October 21, 2017 | A Woman's View By Judi Tabler | Columnists


Rex Tillerson shouldn’t have gone full ‘moron’

Here's the deal: You don't start out by calling someone a "moron." That's a final exclamatory heave after exhausting all other slanders ...

October 19, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump is right about NBC and Comcast

President Trump was right when he used Twitter this past week to expose Comcast's network NBC for their outrageous bias against him.

October 19, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tax reform now

The U.S. economy may be improving but it's not growing like it needs to. Cutting red tape has helped but it's not ...

October 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


On polio and pulling together

She came home with a high temperature, feeling very ill. The next morning, her legs gave out when she tried to get out of bed ...

October 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Who wants to borrow McConnell’s slightly-used majority?

If you're in the market for a slightly-used majority, Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Country Club) is your man. His low-mileage beauty is ...

October 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


There’s no such thing as personal information

Your personal information is most likely out there for criminals to use.

October 17, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump slams fake news by making three false claims

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - President Donald Trump, who likes to denounce the "fake" news media, threw himself into the warm embrace of Fox News host Sean Hannity ...

October 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Anger in America

You can't go to a bar or a play.

October 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Names make news

Names making news - and generating opinions:

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


California just forced ICE to step up removals

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act, SB 54, which officially made the state a criminal alien sanctuary. Brown's signature ...

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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