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I've Been Stupid, but Not THAT Stupid!

I've done my fair share of stupid things over my life.

November 21, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


My Mom's Success

I set out to write an obituary about my mother, who died Nov. 15, and was taken aback by how much she never accomplished in her 94 years.

November 21, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


, The True Holiday of Guilt

The autumn dark is lengthening, which means the English-speaking, Judeo-Christian Holiday Season is about to split open wider than a crocodile mouth at the bottom of a baby duckling water slide. It begins with Columbus Day. No mail and the banks are closed. Much is to be said for starting slow. Then the downward hurtle is set off by Halloween, when people toss about candy, free, incognito.

November 20, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Internet Gambling Ban a Losing Bet

Most Americans, regardless of ideology, oppose "crony capitalism" or "cronyism." Cronyism is where politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. Despite public opposition to cronyism, politicians still seek to use the legislative process to help special interests.

November 20, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Penny Wise and Parks Foolish

At least once in a lifetime every American should lay eyes on the Grand Canyon, whose brilliant colors and dazzling erosional landscape inspire a kind of planetary patriotism. Stretching 277 miles long and a mile deep, it is perhaps our nation's greatest natural treasure.

November 19, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Make Election Day a Holiday

Apparently, you're pretty busy. I'm a little surprised that you have time to read the paper, frankly. And you're not alone. Only 36 percent of our countrymen bothered to vote in the midterm elections. A lot of people were busy that day.

November 19, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Obama’s Plan to Regulate and Tax the Internet

President Obama is leaning heavily on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent agency, to change the Internet from a competitive, free-market service into a government-regulated public utility.

November 18, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Did the Mid-Terms Really Mean That Much?

Did the election last week really mean that much? I took to my Twitter account on Tuesday to point out that the change in control of the Senate from Democrat to Republican actually means very little, despite efforts by politicians and the mainstream media to convince us otherwise. Yes, power shifted, I wrote. But the philosophy on Capitol Hill changed very little. The warfare/welfare state is still alive and well in Washington.

November 18, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The American Public Gets Smart

So Jonathan Gruber thinks the American people are stupid, does he?

November 16, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Net Neutrality, Pet Neutrality, Whatever

Usually when a burning issue arises, I feel compelled to squeeze every last drop of my own phrasing, logic and wit into this limited space.

November 16, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


La Pierre bids farewell to newspaper community

What an amazing five years this has been!

November 16, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Columnists


When the Herd is Wrong

So, that was fun. One minute we're promised a half dozen toss up races to determine control of the United States Senate, and the next Democrats are ducking under their desks as Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican governors. Let the "Very Important Pundits" take turns on cable news assigning blame for the losses. I'm more interested in why the polls didn't tell us the wave was coming.

November 14, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Up in Smoke

I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope.

November 14, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


You've Got Spam

It's been years since I used AOL for any kind of meaningful email but I can't bring myself to close the account. I keep thinking that somewhere in my cyber past there's an old friend about to reach out - and all he has is my AOL address.

November 13, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Obama and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

To call the grotesque drubbing suffered by the Democratic Party in the midterms monumental, is like referring to the surface of the sun as warm. The scene was so grisly, acutely sensitive Democrats (most of them) were forced to avert their eyes or risk anaphylactic shock.

November 13, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


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Take a Wild Guess Which Political Party is Imperiling Babies

We all know by now that Republicans are well practiced at the art of magical thinking - massive tax cuts balance the budget, human-induced climate change ...

May 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The Last Sane Republican in Washington

Is Congressman Charlie Dent the last sane man in Washington?

May 26, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Little Sisters of the Poor & the Fight for Freedom

God bless the Little Sisters of the Poor. They just put our overzealous federal government back in its constitutional place.

May 25, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Clinton Needs a Crash Course

If Hillary Clinton wants to be president - and for nearly a decade that hasn't been in doubt - she's got to change her act ...

May 25, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Going Back to Move Forward

Ah, the "good old days," the ones that President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at during his recent commencement speech at Rutgers University when he ...

May 24, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Facebook Scandal a Warning for the Future of the Internet

Many conservatives are waving off concerns about Facebook manipulating its Trending News feature because it's a private company. In addition to legal concerns related ...

May 24, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Show Police the Respect They Deserve

Twenty-nine years ago this week, I graduated from law school. It's been almost three decades since I've been able to officially call myself ...

May 23, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It's Time to Put an End to Sanctuary Cities

To explain the unexplainable, a saying caught on generations ago: "It must be the water."

May 23, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Breaking news: we have new babies!!!

No, not those ... I mean BIRDIES!!!

May 21, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Bernie Supporters are an Embarrassment

This one's for all the "Bernie Bros" out there.

May 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump Loves the Taste of Bernie's Sour Grapes

In a column I wrote a couple months back, I listed five reasons why Donald Trump could actually win this election, to our everlasting national ...

May 21, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


New Defense Bill Will Boost War and Tyranny

For many of us concerned with liberty, the letters "NDAA" have come to symbolize Washington's ongoing effort to undermine the U.S. Constitution in ...

May 19, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Would President Hillary Clinton Spill Area 51 Secrets?

According to a May 11 United Press International news story, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised a radio interviewer that, if elected, she would release ...

May 19, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


'Party of Science' Flouts Biology on Gender Identity

Let me surprise you with the following statement: I sympathize with transgender individuals that they would prefer to use the bathroom of the gender they ...

May 18, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Should Corporations Sponsor National Parks?

Whether I was a preschooler hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a young adult spelunking in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave or a father ...

May 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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