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Trump ditches ‘Real America’ for Wall Street

Dear Forgotten Men and Women of America:

August 08, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Discrimination on many levels

"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."

August 08, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Elvis: Has he really been gone 40 years?

When I think about the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley (August 16), it seems we were living in a completely different world in 1977.

August 07, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why Washington D.C. is not as livable as Pittsburgh

The folks at WalletHub finally got it right.

August 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Apparently, Trump is a winner surrounded by losers

Donald Trump is a winner. Just ask him. After all, he won the presidential election. They don't get much bigger than that. And winners find it distasteful to hang with losers. And that is exactly what someone filled his staff with. Big-time losers. Which is why they are getting replaced faster than lead changes in a NASCAR race with staggered starts and the cars outfitted with 12-ounce gas tanks.

August 05, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Park Rangers: The thin green line

On a dark Mozambique night just over a year ago, sleeping villagers were brutally attacked in their homes. It was coordinated, targeted violence against men who work to stop the poaching of some of the planet's few remaining rhinos. In the past, rhinos numbered in the millions and lived across vast stretches of Asia and Africa. But today a rhino is killed ever eight hours, and estimates indicate there are a mere 30,000 in the wild.

August 03, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


From interstates to leaf blowers, the world is a challenging place

The world is a confusing place. If this wasn't blatantly obvious to any reasonable adult who hasn't been living under a rock, the current political climate at home and afar is certain to have drilled it into their skulls.

August 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Keep the private space race private

Those of us sandwiched between the end of the Baby Boom and the start of Generation X ought to be thought of as The Apollo Generation. We were captivated by the reality of manned space flight and the idea that we too might someday walk on the moon before double digit interest rates, Jimmy Carter, and malaise ruined the rest of our otherwise secure childhoods.

August 02, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Scaramucci: the Italian stereotype we’ve been trying to ditch

When I was younger, I asked my mother if I could add a vowel to the end of my name. "I want people to know that I'm Italian, and with a name like Flowers they won't."

August 01, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Democrats recycle dilapidated message

It is going to take more than recycling a worn-out message with shiny new paper and presenting it wearing wrinkly, dress-down clothes to attract the folks in flyover country.

August 01, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Trump’s military ban on transgenders sensible and scientific

Up until quite recently the official policy on the left was to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable. A CNN propagandist wrote, "If there's anything both sides of America's heated and polarizing gun debate may agree on, it's the need to keep firearms out of the hands of people with serious mental illness."

July 31, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Government waste is alive and well

If you judge someone by their enemies, Tom Schatz is Robin Hood of the swamp, joined by his merry band of government analysts.

July 31, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


When the chips are down, ‘maverick’ McCain shoots blanks

I got tired of John McCain's phony "maverick" act a long time ago, and his hypocritical performance on the Senate floor this week reminded me why.

July 29, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


This column deserves at least a blue ribbon

There are many truisms about living in rural America.

July 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Who knew dogs could keep you so healthy?

Alas, we haven't been a "dog family" since we had to euthanize poor old Turpy; but a time.com article titled "More Evidence That Owning A Dog Is Really Good For You" certainly grabbed my attention.

July 27, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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Beyond Trump - can Americans survive each other?

Two essays this week, by two very different authors, take us deep into the tribalism that marks our politics. Both should serve as a wake-up ...

September 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


They grow up so quickly – or do they?

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service, researchers have found what they call a "broad-based cultural shift" in teen behavior.

September 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Why NFL games are unwatchable

"National Football League TV ratings down 13 percent in Week 1."

September 21, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Ban cars because they’re too fast?

Imagine getting a letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation saying your car is banned from public roadways because it's too fast.

September 21, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Global warmists need to lose the arrogance

Natural disasters are no laughing matter, but you'd never know that recently watching God-denier Bill Maher and his "Real Time" show audience. Maher appeared ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Afghanistan strategy is the only hope for education reform

The federal government is currently enmeshed in two gigantic, expensive reform projects, one domestic and one foreign. Both are failures even though the tactics couldn ...

September 20, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Republican’s have a bew heath care bill worth considering

The introduction of the new Senate health care bill – authored by senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada ...

September 19, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Where was this Hillary last year?

There's a line in Hillary Clinton's new memoir of the 2016 campaign that may be among the most searingly honest utterances of her ...

September 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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


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