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Your Right to Burn the Flag

What does it mean when someone waves the American flag?

March 04, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump’s Speech: The Highs and the Lows

As he wrapped up his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump offered a bromide to a fractured nation:

March 02, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


On Military and Spending, It’s Trump Versus Trump

It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute. Consider his speech last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It was reported as "fiery" and "blistering," but it was also full of contradictions.

March 02, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Senior Discounts: Boon Or Menace?

My mother's favorite supermarket is undergoing a mysterious "repeal and replace" operation with its senior discount program. Of course nerves are on edge.

March 01, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Academy Awards

February 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


All Our Stuff's No Key to Happiness

Americans have way too much stuff.

February 28, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


‘Undocumented’ Isn’t a Bad Word Here

Immigration isn't really a serious problem in America, but taking rash action regarding immigration is.

February 28, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Federal Judges Rewrite the 2nd Amendment

The most confusing dependent clause in the history of the nation, at least as far as personal liberty goes, is the one that begins the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights. The full text of the amendment reads:

February 27, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Lessons My Father Could Teach President Trump

Dear Mr. President, let me take you back to 1979.

February 27, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Immigration Protests often Hurt Participants

When a journalist has been on a beat for more than 30 years, as I have with immigration, everything comes full circle. Eventually, what's happened in the past repeats itself.,

February 25, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Washington’s Enduring Corruption

Most Americans think that their government is corrupt.

February 25, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The Fake News President

No matter what you think of Donald J. Trump, you got to admit he's a cracker-jack salesman with an uncanny gift for manipulating the mainstream media like a three-armed rental clown juggling pin-pulled grenades on an express elevator to hell.

February 23, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Do Obituaries Really Have To Be Polite?

"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." ---- William Shakespeare.

February 23, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Fame and Failure of Kellyanne Conway

Serving in a high level staff position in a presidential or gubernatorial administration is an exhilarating, dazzling experience. You are one of a select few privy to information others are not and able to exert influence over policies and decisions of far-reaching consequence.

February 22, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Investigate the Leaks, Not Flynn

Yes, there needs to be an investigation, but not necessarily of General Mike Flynn.

February 22, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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Wishy-Washy White House

From the moment he took office, President Trump has repeatedly experienced buyer's remorse.

April 24, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


How Honolulu transformed from utopia to urban muddle

Let's be clear from the outset. Travelers who have never visited Honolulu, Hawaii's capital located on Oahu, should make it their next destination ...

April 24, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Should we lower the voting age to 16?

According to NBC News, the majority of the Washington, D.C. council as well as the mayor and the "Washington Post" are pushing a bill ...

April 23, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The sad state of my California

You don't want to live in my state.

April 23, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


On Earth Day, Congress whistling past the graveyard

Last month, the United Nations hosted a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) conference in Bonn, Germany. Despite hopes that limiting population growth would be the UN ...

April 21, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Storm warning

You don't need a weatherman to see that the storm clouds gathering around Team Trump are serious. And since the only permanent member of ...

April 21, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Don’t get too cocky, Democrats

It is the Democratic party's most fevered hope that dawn on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 7 will reveal acres of smoking rubble that ...

April 19, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


What’s next for Paul Ryan?

House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't quite yell" abandon ship" Wednesday when he announced he would not be seeking re-election, but he came close. His ...

April 19, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Getting Assad’s attention, Reagan style

To strike Syria, or not to strike Syria.

April 18, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Crackdown on Facebook would be good...for Facebook

From the moment Mark Zuckerberg began to read his opening statement, you knew he wasn't going to change Facebook.

April 18, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Can your family handle a day without complaints?

Did you notice that Thomas Lickona recently adapted a portion of his book "How to Raise Kind Kids" into the online "Time Magazine" article "How ...

April 17, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Circus Trump

Like Cirque de Soleil, the Donald Trump Circus has many touring productions. The Oval Office. The White House. The Cabinet. Both Republican held Houses of ...

April 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Congress not up to the task of taking on Facebook

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn't help but have the same reaction I have ...

April 16, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Time to reconsider regime change in Syria?

American response to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis Syria has been experiencing for the last seven years has been tepid at best. With Syrian President Bashar ...

April 16, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


New strategy offers Trump a much bigger NAFTA win

In politics and public policy, sometimes a modest victory is actually a massive missed opportunity. President Trump is at risk of suffering just that kind ...

April 14, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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