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Why Texas Can't Promise Tax Cuts

What would happen if we ran Texas like a business? A big chunk of our core revenue stream-oil & gas taxes-is suddenly on shaking ground. Do you hand out shareholder dividends (tax cuts), reinvest cash reserves for unmet needs (funding for schools, roads, and water), or hunker down in the face of economic uncertainty?

February 03, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Quit Wasting Time on Moore, Maher & Dean

Bill Maher called Chris Kyle of "American Sniper" a "psychopath patriot."

February 01, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The EPA's Unconstitutional Highway Funding Threat

President Obama's EPA is executing a massive power play, attempting to coerce states into adopting draconian policies that would steeply increase the price of energy. States that don't cooperate are being told they'll have their federal highway funding cut off. That's unconstitutional.

February 01, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


On Race, the Left Should Look in the Mirror

Let's be frank; not many people feel comfortable discussing the subject of race.

January 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Technology Vs Privacy: Is Your Home No Longer Your Castle?

When I was a lad, I would sprawl on the floor, reading "Dick Tracy" in the Sunday comics and marveling at high-tech police tools such as magnetic air cars and two-way wrist TVs.

January 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Education is Too Important Not to Leave to the Marketplace

This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year's events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized education sparked by the federal Common Core curriculum.

January 29, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Millennials Buy into Homeownership

Young Americans continue to put off homeownership, and that isn't good for anyone.

January 29, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The New Political Ice Age

Raging Moderate by Will Durst

January 28, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Whatever Happened to Pragmatism?

We complain about a two-party system that's stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it's time to give pragmatism a chance.

January 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


States Should Force Federal Gas Tax Cut

For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.

January 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ted Cruz and Climate Change

If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President.

January 27, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The State of the Bubble Address

I didn't watch the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

January 25, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


How Neocons Hacked the Conservative Movement

It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.

January 25, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Why We Need a Better Sense of Humor

Boy, does the world need a better sense of humor right about now.

January 23, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Return of Satire

Decades after being dismissed by George S. Kaufman as a genre that "closes on Saturday night," satire, like the measles and mumps, is making a comeback. And in many quarters, remains the most feared of the three conditions.

January 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


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The things we’re not allowed to compare abortion to

Here are some of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to:

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


My day at the Creation Museum

I spent Fathers Day at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. The museum is filled with many animated, life-size dinosaurs accompanied by ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No, Hillary won’t win Texas

Recently, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, claimed she wants to win Texas in the fall and thinks it is possible.

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Best and worst states for children revealed

What's it like to be a child in your state?

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Memories of a 1970s Dog

A thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vin Scully Heads for Home

On a recent weekend, Bob Costas was broadcasting the Cardinals game in St. Louis, Dick Enberg was behind the mic at the Padres game in ...

June 22, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Orlando Massacre: Love Still Wins

No matter how dark or evil the moment, love wins. It always has.

June 21, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Liberals Have the Wrong Response to Gun Violence

Pink Pistols, an LGBT self-defense organization, doesn't care what color you choose for your weapon so long as you choose one.

June 20, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Parents of Gator Victim Deserve Prayers, Not Criticism

A couple of weeks ago, I blamed the mother who let her child fall into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, because she should ...

June 20, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Worried Trump Can Beat Hillary? Don't Be.

You know that nutjob you always see on the street, speed-rapping to himself about God knows what? His verbatim dialogue probably goes something like this:

June 18, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


For Father's Day – The Apple Core and the Toilet

I don't know what I was thinking: In 1973, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet, an action I ...

June 18, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


In the basement, without their Rock

The Wizard of Oz" made Kansas synonymous with tornadoes. But it took the Topeka tornado of June 1966, to bring this Hollywood fiction to reality ...

June 18, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Despite Terrorism Ties, Obama Won't Acknowledge the Obvious

The mass murders in Orlando shouldn't be blamed on inadequate gun control laws, described as a lone wolf attack, characterized as a homegrown terrorist ...

June 16, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Long History of Militant Islam

"The ambassador answered us that...it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it ...

June 16, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Fascism: A Bipartisan Affliction

If neoconservatives and progressives truly understood fascism, they would stop using the word as a smear term. That is because both groups, along with most ...

June 15, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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