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Trump’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

Donald Trump remains haunted by the fact that more people opposed him in November, about 54 percent, than voted for him. The "mandate" he cites repeatedly while making executive orders and rash pronouncements doesn't exist.

February 08, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Democrats Are Completely Lost

Shattered. Splattered. Scattered. Battered. Tattered. Skewered and plattered. Barely mattered. That was the Democrats after November's election. But surely in the months since, they'd come together to stand aligned in the face of the flaky imperiousness of our so-called President. You'd think. And ripe bananas make a fine masonry grout.

February 08, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Still Searching for a Diet Panacea

I know Democrats and progressives are going nuts over President Trump's first few weeks in office - I know the Middle East is a mess and that we have no small number of incredible challenges at home - but I have my own worries.

February 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Country of California

In 2017, you should never be subjected to the use of the word, "gnarly," unless you're describing your latest faux Chippendale woodworking project.

February 07, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Derailing the Trump Express

The Trump Train is rolling on.

February 06, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


On the Supreme Court, Democrats Simply Lost

When Senate Republicans decided last year to ditch their constitutional duty - by stiffing President Obama's eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee, denying him even the courtesy of a hearing - they took a big political risk. They gambled that the voters wouldn't punish them on election day.

February 06, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Playing Tobacco Free

"A healthier nation in one generation" is more than a public health slogan; it is a goal that is achievable and vital to economic and physical health of all Americans. Every parent, grandparent and community resident wants a better world, and better health for our children. There are steps that we can take to ensure better health for the next generation, starting from the very beginning with playing tobacco free.

February 04, 2017 | Janel Rose | Columnists


30 Valentine’s Days: Where Did The Time Go?

While brainstorming angles for this Valentine's Day column, it suddenly occurred to me that this February 14 will be the 30th my wife and I have celebrated as a couple (combining courtship and married life).

February 04, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why Groundhog Day Must End

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped.

February 02, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Ordering Dinner With a Side of Sanctimony

A nationwide group of restaurants is now offering diners a chance to stick it to the man while simultaneously putting the fork to their tofu. Those of you who've wanted to join a great moral crusade, but never got around to cleaning up the basement and inviting a Syrian "refugee" to move in, can now eat locally and be served globally.

February 02, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Stop Freaking Out About Trump

Take a breath, America.

February 01, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s First 100 Days

As extraordinary as it sounds, Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. It's mind-boggling. Like making John Goodman the cover model for this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kim Kardashian-appointed chief scientist at the Atomic Energy Lab. Colin Kaepernick in charge of WikiLeaks.

February 01, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Sky’s the Limit for Skilled Trades

The demand for skilled laborers - electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and others - continues to soar, and that's a good thing for America.

January 31, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Better Solution Than Trump’s Border Wall

Just one week in office, President Trump is already following through on his pledge to address illegal immigration. His January 25th executive order called for the construction of a wall along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border. While he is right to focus on the issue, there are several reasons why his proposed solution will unfortunately not lead us anywhere closer to solving the problem.

January 31, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Genuine Contempt for the Media

In his first White House press room briefing after two days in office, President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, laid out the Administration's approach to the media with all the subtlety of a Louisville slugger between the eyes: We don't like you, we don't want you, we don't need you, we intend to ignore you.

January 30, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


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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


Spring break, or bust

As an educator, I feel blessed that I usually have the same spring break as my three daughters, which means we get to spend a ...

April 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Trump’s latest headache is in Wisconsin

Earlier this week in Wisconsin, a state governed by Koch Brothers subsidiary Scott Walker, one million voters cast ballots to fill a seat on the ...

April 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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