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Militant Fatalism and the 2nd Amendment

Ever since Sandy Hook revived gun control in our national discussion, gun-rights advocates have circled the wagons around the Second Amendment.

May 12, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Marriage Trends and My Mother

My mother is in an enviable place in life as she nears the beginning of her eighth decade. She's lost her filter, and that doesn't bode well for me, her only son.

May 11, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Ugly, Ugly Presidential Campaign

Oh dear. Not pretty. The upcoming presidential campaign is ugly now and destined to ratchet up to epic uglier as soon as Bernie Sanders decides to bow out. Which is imminent. Not soon enough for Hillary Clinton, but not long.

May 11, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


So-long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight GOP

I am a nationally syndicated opinion columnist who's been staring at a blank screen for days now because I have no opinion for once in my life.

May 10, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Donald Trump, Liberal

Is this your candidate?

May 10, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Congress Must Stop Obamacare Bailout Scheme – Again

The biggest victory for taxpayers in the Obamacare fight so far was the enactment in late 2014 of language prohibiting the Risk Corridor program from being transformed into an open-ended bailout for big insurance companies.

May 09, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Decoration Day: Yes That's Still A Thing

According to the Encyclopedia of Alabama website, Decoration Day is "an annual observance at many privately owned Southern graveyards, during which families gather to clean up the graveyard, reconnect with family and honor the memories of their ancestors."

May 09, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Welcome to Complaining 101 (from 2010)

If you are a parent of a teenager, you know that one day your toddler goes from being the sweetest, most appreciative, thoughtful, kind, loving child to a whiney know-it-all who merits boarding school in the North Pole with Nurse Ratched as his tutor. Age: 15.

May 07, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Trump Could Be the Next Herbert Hoover

One of them is a free trade-wary millionaire and political neophyte who locked up the Republican presidential nomination with promises to make America great and get the economy firing on all cylinders.

May 07, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Lots of Luck, Donald Trump

Now comes the hard part.

May 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Abe Lincoln Must Be Rolling Over in His Grave

Here's the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln:

May 05, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Drafting Women Means Equality in Slavery

Last week the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act requiring women to register with Selective Service. This means that if Congress ever brings back the draft, women will be forcibly sent to war.

May 05, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Ruining the Movies One Text at a Time

It must have been the result of what Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr derisively terms a "nationwide search." AMC Theatres was looking for a new CEO and it hired Adam Aron. He's not on the job three months before Aron unveils a new marketing strategy: Attracting 22-year-olds by driving off everyone aged 35 and over.

May 04, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Our Growing Rudeness and Incivility

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, and people sure are rude these days."

May 04, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Calling All Anti- Capitalists and Ivory Tower Educators

A new Harvard University survey shows that 51 percent of young Americans don't support capitalism --which goes to show you that higher education can't fix stupid -- especially when it's flowing from the mouths of anti-capitalist educators who, when you're listening to them, make you envious of every deaf person you've ever met.

May 03, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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President gives wrong message at UN

Presidential addresses to the United Nations General Assembly don't get a lot of press here at home, but they do matter to listeners around ...

September 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A Woman's View: Traveling abroad

Out of money, energy, and clean clothes, we three women of the "older" set are back from our two weeks in Great Britain. Thought you ...

September 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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


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