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Paul Ryan Reflects Real Republican Values

I watched Paul Ryan's town hall on CNN this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight crush on the House Speaker.

July 18, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Rest In Peace, King of the Hobby Magazines

I don't make a hobby out of collecting obituaries, but sometimes I stumble across one that particularly moves me.

July 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


It's Not the Gun's Fault

It happened after Sandy Hook.

July 16, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Take a Breath, Folks, 2016 is not 1968

The latest fad, propagated by many members of the commentariat, is to equate the America of 2016 with the America of 1968. I heard it more recently from Chuck Todd of NBC News: "Not since the summers of the '60s and violence in Watts, Detroit, and Chicago has the nation felt so hopelessly divided."

July 16, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A Warning on Drug Pricing from Bill Gates

One of the most popular punching bags on the presidential campaign trail this year is America's biopharmaceutical industry. Bashing drug companies was telegraphed early on as a key Democratic strategy to shift the blame for the failure of Obamacare to contain health care costs away from the Democratic/insurance industry alliance that wrote the law. Unfortunately, their policy proposals, designed to suppress drug prices, are likely to cause far more harm than good.

July 14, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Black and White and Traffic Stops

A couple of years back, when I was driving down to Florida, I got pulled over on U.S. Route 41 in a little town called Waldo near Gainesville.

July 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Farmers Markets Deserve Support

The farmers market here is a rousing event, filling the town square with dozens of produce vendors from around the state and local bands providing nonstop music. It's also one of the most tightly-governed markets in the nation.

July 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Who Will Win the Hillary Clinton Veepstakes?

A Vice Presidential pick is a defining moment in a campaign, motivating nominees to utilize unique strategies. Some try to accentuate their heavyweight status by partnering up with less vibrant versions of themselves in what might be called the "Bad Xerox Without Any Toner" maneuver. Think... Dan Quayle.

July 13, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Nostalgic for the Drive-in Theater

Here's something I miss more each summer: the drive-in movie theater.

July 12, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If Nothing Else, FBI Chief Exposed Clinton's Incompetence

When I mentioned that I'd probably vote for Donald Trump if no viable alternative presented itself, dozens of readers begged me to stop writing such ridiculous and/or dangerous things.

July 12, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Who will win the Donald Trump Veepstakes?

Now that the presumptive nominees are set, the presidential campaign has officially entered its "begging for money like we're raising bail for our little sister who's being held in a Turkish prison" stage. And a pre-convention lull has descended upon the proceedings like a moist blanket of sulk. Not to be confused with the post-convention lull, which will be similar but ratcheted up by a desperation factor of four.

July 11, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Recreational Walking: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

I started walking the day I turned eight months old, and now it seems I've started my second childhood.

July 11, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


America's 14th and 15th Colonies

The Fourth of July has come and gone, a with it the annual reminder about a group of brave souls who sparked a revolution against an evil empire.

July 09, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The One Truth About Benghazi

The ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus is often credited with that old chestnut about truth being the first casualty of war.

July 07, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


By Leon Kolankiewicz Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will get my vote come November. While

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will get my vote come November. While each espouses certain positions I share, both score epic fails on my personal litmus tests.

July 07, 2016 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists


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We should politicize Harvey and Irma

With historic floodwaters still receding in southeast Texas and Florida recovering from a huge storm propelled through Florida by unprecedented windspeeds, certain topics are particularly ...

September 18, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Beware overregulation of online gaming

In America, gaming is a very serious business. It's made a lot of people very wealthy and provided quite a few states with new ...

September 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Desperate for tax reform that simplifies

"Help!" said the fellow, surrounded by a pile of papers. "I don't think I'm going to make it through this 1040 tax form."

September 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


How they spent their summer vacation

And so we bid a hearty "Welcome Back" to our elected representatives as they reluctantly trudge back to Washington following their annual summer recess, and ...

September 16, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


It’s time for the government to protect tech consumers

Global business practices are now under scrutiny like never before thanks to President Trump's pledge to pull the U.S. out of bad trade ...

September 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The Democrats have a Hillary Clinton problem

As she embarks on her spread the blame tour to juice sales of her book, "What Happened," Hillary Clinton risks becoming a caricature - an embittered ...

September 14, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Hillary and Co. should chill

My message to certain Democrats, starting with Hillary Clinton: Don't go away mad, just go away.

September 13, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


DACA: Delayed accountability for contemptuous aliens

Remember when candidate Donald Trump promised when he was president, "We're going to win so much. You're going to get tired of winning."?

September 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Important Italians America want to vilify

On March 14, 1891, in the city of New Orleans, 11 Italian Americans were lynched by an angry mob. The anger stemmed from a jury ...

September 12, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


What to do about North Korea

Seems like there are two North Korea options: Bomb the hell out of them and kill innocent people, or hope North Korea doesn't bomb ...

September 12, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


A cowardly White House using dreamers as human shields

Quite beyond being morally repugnant and an offense to human decency, the Trump White House's announcement Tuesday that it's rescinding the "Deferred Action ...

September 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Should Democrats do a deal for the Dreamers?

Let's stick with the story about the Dreamers - the 800,000 young immigrants Trump wants to kick out of the country - because we need ...

September 11, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Lesson

September 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Network TV: Does it deserve to live?

I am tickled to continue my 43-year tradition of obtaining the Fall Preview "TV Guide," but Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore seems despondent about ...

September 09, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Sprawl kills - literally

Los Angeles County, the nation's most populated with more than 10 million residents, is in an emergency state, per Governor Jerry Brown's declaration ...

September 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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