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Reflections On My Mother’s 90th Birthday

As my mother's 90th birthday arrives, I realize that in the nearly 57 years our lives have overlapped, we've never really TALKED.

April 10, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Border Wall in Urban Areas Makes Sense

It is staggering to see how the Democratic Party has flip-flopped on border security over the years.

April 08, 2017 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Is Bill O’Reilly Too Big To Fail?

Fox News, where women work at their own risk in a misogynist culture frozen somewhere in the 1950s, is back in crisis mode. Nine months after chairman and accused sexual harasser Roger Ailes was forced out, we're wondering whether accused sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly will be forced out, too.

April 08, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A final warning to tone deaf sanctuary mayors

At a March 28 White House press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired what could be his last warning shot over sanctuary city mayors' heads. Sessions' blunt message: Obey immigration laws or your dangerous cities will lose Department of Justice federal funding, have existing grants canceled, and become ineligible for future grants.

April 06, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Thoughts for the holidays

The confluence of Easter and Passover at mid-month will find many people, stressed more than usual by the state of world affairs and the chaos of domestic politics, seeking answers from their faith.

April 06, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump is breaking (the) news

Supposedly, the Chinese or the Arabs or the Scientologists or one of those ancient inscrutable cultures, has a saying that goes "May you live in interesting times." It is generally considered to be a curse. And America right now is living in the most interesting of times. It's breathtaking how thrilling and frenetic the news has gotten. Every single day. It's almost too exciting. In fact, it's starting to look like one of those pre-opening credits sequences of a science-fiction movie that takes place in the ruins of a dystopian civilization. "And Then All Hell Broke Loose."

April 05, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Rural folks living what preppers seek

Get this: More people are fleeing big cities for rural areas and some are doing so because they fear a major financial collapse is imminent.

April 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


All is well in Trumplandia

EAST PENNSBORO TWP, Pa. - President Donald Trump's approval ratings might be in the tank and his legislative agenda might be foundering on Capitol Hill, but don't try asking Dan Mosel if he has a case of buyer's remorse.

April 04, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


‘Climate Science’ isn’t science; it’s religion

The Heartland Institute's 12th International Conference on Climate Change was nothing like I expected. When joining a group described in pejorative terms as "deniers," one would expect to see furtive movements and disreputable haircuts, yet the crowd displayed good humor and a welcoming attitude.

April 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Medicare for all a bad idea

"If it saves me money and everyone has coverage, I have no problem with it."

April 03, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s Still Winning Bigly

If you were watching cable news over the weekend, you might have been tempted to think that, with the defeat-for-now of healthcare reform, President Donald Trump's presidency was seriously on the rocks.

April 01, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump boosts cable’s fortunes

During the campaign, Donald Trump famously conceded that he gets much of his information about world affairs from "the shows." Incredibly, the impact made on Trump's thinking by what he sees on television is even more profound now that he's the leader of the free world.

March 30, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Selling privacy rights wrong

Dear Editor,

March 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Sears, Kmart, malls: My New Worry List

My wife and I met on a blind date at a Bonanza restaurant in a nearby shopping mall nearly 32 years ago, so it was dismaying to drop in on the same mall on a recent Saturday afternoon. Store after store was unoccupied, customers were few and far between and a general "ghostly" ambience prevailed.

March 30, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The head of Trump University got schooled

It has been assailed as the end of democracy. Vilified as a form of slavery. Denigrated, denounced and disparaged. But like a blind, three-legged dog named "Lucky," against all odds, the Affordable Care Act has survived and remains the law of the land.

March 29, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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Missing the old neighbors

Two of my family's old neighbors passed away a few weeks ago, and it makes me sad.

May 24, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The media’s war on Trump

Which is worse, President Trump allegedly sharing a piece of classified intel with the Russian ambassador or insider bureaucrats leaking classified information to journalists, all ...

May 23, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Now I know why they pack sardines in oil

American Airlines, which gave us the first frequent flyer program, has been a travel innovator for years. Then - after collecting miles became popular and American ...

May 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Yet another impeachable offense

Forgive my frequent references to Richard Nixon. It's just eerie how his impeachable behavior is being replicated by the current con man. As Yogi ...

May 22, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Fees, fines and fairness

Which best describes your view of America? Everyone pays an equal share? Or, everyone pays his fair share?

May 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Since day one, Trump has hurt himself

If I were Donald Trump's chief of staff, I'd just break his thumbs.

May 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The GOP’s Faustian bargain with Trump

Here's how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., handled the news that President Donald Trump had leaked classified information to one of America's ...

May 20, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


TV’s new deal

In the late 1970s and early 80s, as cable television evolved explosively from being a tool for improved reception to a vehicle for new program ...

May 18, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Star Wars turns 40: nostalgia and worries

"Seemingly yesterday, at a location just a couple of miles from my current home..."

May 18, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


‘President’ Kushner’s company touts Visa scam

At a glitzy Beijing Ritz-Carlton event earlier this month, Jared Kushner's sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, urged potential investors to secure their EB-5 visa promptly ...

May 18, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Surviving the American prom

Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.

May 17, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Is Stephen Hawking watching cable news?

The House is holding inconsequential hearings on why Donald Trump hired, and then fired, General Mike Flynn as National Security Director.

May 16, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Why expecting subway passengers to pay us discrimination

A select group of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers discovered what happens when government ignores the "Broken Windows" theory of policing in favor of ...

May 15, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Changing the channel on Congress

I give up.

May 15, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Protecting privacy in the internet age

The rise of cloud computing is forcing policymakers to take a long overdue look at the limits of privacy in cyberspace, just how far the ...

May 13, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


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