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A Good Listener Retires

Rick's retirement left me speechless.

June 07, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump Hits on the Media

Donald Trump is still no conservative and never will be.

June 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Bernie's Political Jujitsu Loses Leverage

The strategic maneuvering that takes place behind political debates is often far more interesting than the turgid events themselves.

June 06, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Government Can’t Help, It Can Only Hurt

Three recent stories regarding three government agencies - the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons.

June 06, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


William John Howey, a Forgotten American Story

Most Americans are dissatisfied with their likely choices for president.

June 04, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Married 25 Years – And Loving It!

For the sake of my son Gideon (age 12), I strain my brain each week to make this column something zany and irreverent instead of soberly persuasive.

June 04, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


This year, Father’s Day came early

I know Father's Day is still a couple weeks away. With my own dad Larry still very spry and fun at age 86, it will be a special day for my brothers, sisters and me.

June 04, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Gorilla Politics and the GOP

A hearty congratulations to conservatives for a seamless transition from party-wide disgust to near unanimous endorsement of a gorilla as their presidential nominee. Considering the tortuous undulations required, this metamorphosis seems to have occurred with shockingly few chiropractic adjustments.

June 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


High-Tech Profiling Has Your Number

It's mildly irritating when Facebook tries to nudge me into tagging a photo of my wife's sister as my wife or my son as myself, but there are much more ominous possibilities in the world of facial recognition software.

June 01, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump and the Tin Foil Hat Brigade

It was a moment so Donald Trump in its Trumpiness that if someone other than Trump had said it, it would have been dismissed out of hand as the ranting of a conspiracy-obsessed crackpot.

June 01, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Celebrating the Freedom to Picnic this Summer

Ah, summer has arrived and the picnic season is upon us. One of the most delightful ways to celebrate our freedom is to picnic.

May 31, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Not About Race, Yet Still Black and White

Movements are difficult to manage, because they're messy.

May 31, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


What Coverage of Trump and Hillary Looks Like

Donald Trump sued Deutsche Bank to wipe out $40 million in personal loans he borrowed to build Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, arguing the financial collapse was an unexpected "force majeure," or act of God, meaning of course he didn't have to repay the loan.

May 30, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Resistance to Tolerance Is Futile

The legions of "tolerance" have crushed another dissenter.

May 30, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The sandpit, the flathead and a lost friend

This is a fish story, but unlike most you've heard, this one is different. It's true, attested to by four witnesses who can't forget what happened 39 years ago.

May 28, 2016 | Matt Keenan matthewkeenan.com | Columnists


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Six Factors that Gave Us Trump

With Donald Trump basking in the GOP convention's glow, tortured analysis persists among those seeking to explain how he ever got this far.

July 23, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Reluctant Embrace of Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) wanted to talk about a bunch of stuff during his primetime address at the Republican National Convention.

July 23, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Don't Reform the Fed, Fed-Exit!

Opponents of a central bank should take advantage of the post-Brexit vote revival of secessionist sentiments to promote a secession from central banking, or "Fed-exit ...

July 21, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Coast-to-Coast, Thousands Line Up for Jobs

Between today and November, political incumbents and their challengers will make a lot of promises to disgruntled voters. One of the most often repeated will ...

July 21, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Late-Night Comedians on Trump & Clinton

This presidential campaign is the nuttiest in my lifetime but at least America is maintaining its sense of humor.

July 20, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What I Brought With Me to the Republican National Convention

The national political conventions are a lot like professional wrestling. Sure, we know what's going to happen, but every four years, it's fun ...

July 20, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


In Wake of Baton Rouge, Like Lives, All Words Matter

When we sow the wind, we should not be surprised when we reap a whirlwind.

July 19, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Opinion! Read All About It!

For as long as there have been printed newspapers there has been drama on page one in the form of NEWS! Only lately, as print ...

July 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

July 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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