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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


Give the Death Penalty to Drug Dealers Convicted of Murder

Democrats may not like building a wall to choke the flow of drugs into the country, but the blue state of Delaware is considering a get-tough policy for those whose products result in their victims' deaths.

November 02, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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Illinois Civil War hero made Memorial Day official

Memorial Day celebrations began to spring up on local levels just after the Civil War. But a Civil War hero from Illinois was the first ...

May 26, 2018 | Tom Emery | Columnists


Robert Mueller’s investigation plods on

It's been said that, for the American people,the only thing shorter than their memory is their attention span.

May 24, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Getting there is now one-tenth of one percent the fun

I've just returned from my summer vacation, which I now take in mid-May so I can use the remaining time until Labor Day to ...

May 24, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


President Donald has a farm

President Trump's latest assault on undocumented aliens reached a new low last week when he said, "These aren't people, these are animals."

May 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Obscure federal program displaces workers

The federal government has created yet another immigration employment hurdle for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers, according to a new report.

May 23, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The evolving American prom

The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What if Obamacare sold homeowner’s insurance?

If homeowner's insurance worked like Obamacare, in no time at all homelessness would be a viable option for residents trying to lower their insurance ...

May 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Democrats fail, yet again, to check Trump’s nominees

President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, has been approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A full vote in the ...

May 21, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


They hate, Trump wins

Donald Trump's many enemies are becoming more and more frustrated.

May 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Farm bill should reform more than food stamps

Republicans are set to move landmark welfare reform in this year's farm bill, which includes language requiring able-bodied adults to work or participate in ...

May 19, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Are you suffering from funeral fatigue?

"Tell me something GOOD."

May 19, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Longing for the old, wooden stereo console

It sat in my parents' dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It ...

May 17, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Keep the government out of the energy marketplace

Over almost the entire course of the Obama presidency, congressional conservatives battled with the administration over the subsidies that were such an important part of ...

May 17, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Wider consequences of pulling out from Iran Deal

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called 'the Iran Deal,' has gained us nothing ...

May 16, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Feds sanction slave labor, 21st century style

"With President Trump, you never know." Those were the exact words a U.S. Senate legislative aide said to me when we were talking about ...

May 15, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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