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In Victory, A Side of Trump I Didn’t Expect

The campaign is done. The votes are counted. And America is waking up from one of the strangest, angriest and most divisive presidential campaigns in recent memory.

November 12, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump Win Predictable, but not to Pollsters

When people tell me that Donald Trump's election as the nation's 45th president shocked them, I reply that they must not be paying attention to what goes on around them. The nation is a mess---the economy is in the doldrums, most of the few available jobs are part-time and low-paying, the infrastructure is crumbling, the massive $20 trillion national debt is getting bigger, the $531 billion trade deficit is poised to go higher---and these are merely the most glaring problems that have festered under President Obama.

November 12, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


For Love of Country

My father served in the Second World War. He was on the ground in northern Africa and Italy. He lived during a time when the threat of war engulfed every major nation and when the call to serve weighed heavily on the mind of every American. Millions were drafted into our armed forces, joining men and women who had volunteered knowing that they could make the difference between freedom and tyranny for generations of Americans to come. My father and the people around him served with one thing in mind – one thing that outweighed the fear they felt, the way ...

November 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


The Primal Scream for Trump and What It Means

I didn't think it would happen. I was wrong. And if it's true what they say, that misery loves company, well, I have plenty of it.

November 10, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


On Veterans Day we hear stories never before told

Many years ago there was a television show named Queen for a Day. It was on NBC so it was a channel we could watch in Great Bend. It featured one mother who would win a prize that was the equivalent of living like royalty. Mothers with names like Shirley, Gladys or Rita would be reduced to tears at the announcement they would receive something absurdly valuable in those days to a home maker, like a new clothes washer. The show was a ratings smash.

November 10, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


America Needs a Smart Infrastructure Program

With less than a week before the presidential election, attention in the nation's capital is turning slowly to what might be accomplished during the "lame duck" - that period when legislative business is conducted after the voting has done but before the new Congress is sworn in.

November 09, 2016 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Don’t Encase Your Children in Bubble Wrap

I doubt that I would see eye-to-eye on any political topic with Leslie Kendall Dye, but we are muy simpatico when it comes to child-raising philosophy. Dye writes in the Washington Post that she's tired of busybodies warning that her daughter is about to be maimed.

November 09, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Christmas Creep

A sign on the door at Starbucks advised that hours on Christmas Day will be 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Good to know-but 60 days in advance? Inside the Paso Robles, Calif. store coffee was being served in festive green cups, although outside it was 82 degrees on a sunny fall afternoon.

November 08, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Americans Want a Different Foreign Policy

I have said throughout this presidential campaign that it doesn't matter much which candidate wins. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are authoritarians and neither can be expected to roll back the leviathan state that destroys our civil liberties at home while destroying our economy and security with endless wars overseas.

November 08, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Vote for Trump

Trump or Clinton?

November 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hillary’s ‘Wise Judgment’ Claims Reduced to Dust

It was only a matter of time before we figured out who Anthony Weiner would screw next.

November 07, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Campaigns Hit Sour Notes

Win or lose, after Election Day it's safe to assume that one or both of the presidential candidates will be singing a different tune. Thank goodness for that.

November 05, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Jefferson/Adams was the Clinton/Trump of It’s Day

Politics are such a torment that I would advise everyone I love not to mix with them.

November 05, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Corruption is the Cornerstone of the Clinton Campaign

Reopening Hillary Clinton's FBI investigation isn't a political ploy, nor is it an "October Surprise." But it could be God's early Christmas gift to America.

November 03, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


ObamaCare Q&A for Dummies

Now that open enrollment is upon us and ObamaCare premiums are soaring through the roof (again), my email inbox is being flooded with questions from frustrated Americans. I'll do my best to provide answers that even a dummy could understand.

November 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Obama’s Lost Legacy

The Obamas have said their goodbyes to America.

January 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump is Sabotaging His Own Presidency

During Wednesday's choleric press conference, Donald Trump compared the intelligence community to the Nazis. Not a good idea.

January 16, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Crony Capitalism Masquerading as Infrastructure Reform

The beginning of the Obama Administration was marked by a trillion dollar experiment called economic stimulus. All we really have to show for it is ...

January 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Why Rick Perry is Actually a Good Cabinet Pick

Let's consider what former Texas Gov. Rick Perry brings to the table as a member of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet and as the ...

January 14, 2017 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Fort Lauderdale Shooting: Another One Slips Through?

Apparently, we now live in a country where you can walk into an FBI office, admit to being an ISIS terrorist and you aren't ...

January 12, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Save Our School Talent Shows

It seems there's a shortage of the old Hollywood Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland "Hey, kids - let's put on a show!" exuberance.

January 12, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Women Rise as Top Cops

I was at a Phoenix Suns basketball game in October when the PA announcer asked for a round of applause for the city's new ...

January 11, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


About that Meryl Streep Takedown

Acclaimed actor Meryl Streep lit up social media during Sunday's Golden Globe awards in an explicitly political speech, where she harshly criticized President-elect Donald ...

January 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Will Obama's 'Good War' in Afghanistan Continue?

Last week, as the mainstream media continued to obsess over the CIA's evidence-free claim that the Russians hacked the presidential election, President Obama quietly ...

January 10, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Trillion Reasons Why US Debt Is Incomprehensible

Get this: The U.S. Treasury says that America's debt grew by another trillion dollars in 2016.

January 10, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Don’t Expect the Media to Give Trump a Fair Shake

At first it seems the opposing political cheering sections are trying to drown out each other with cries of "sabotage!" and "hero!"

January 09, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Shortest Letter in the Bible Solves Illegal Immigration Problem

The New York Times found a vaguely Christian church that merits approval. This is harder than it seems. While the Times sets a low bar ...

January 09, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


This Isn’t the Chicago I Knew

In October 1995, the city of Chicago was the wettest and coldest place I'd visited yet.

January 07, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Can Megyn Kelly Thrive Outside the Bubble?

When the news broke Tuesday that Megyn Kelly was leaving the Fox News bubble to pursue a broader audience at NBC, my initial thought was ...

January 07, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Should Bothering Employees After Work Hours Be Illegal?

On Jan. 1, France implemented a new law that gives workers the legal "right to disconnect" from emails and other digital correspondence from co-workers and ...

January 05, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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