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Banana Republicans Take Charge

To paraphrase former Speaker Sam Rayburn, Republicans have proven they can knock down a barn. In the aftermath of John Boehner's resignation and Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal, now they have to find among their number a carpenter who can rebuild the House. Until then, our Congress is being held hostage by Banana Republicans with a bad case of electoral dysfunction.

October 18, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Who Exactly is a 'Real' American?

These days, it can be very difficult to determine what makes someone a "real American." In years past, there were clear answers, most of which revolved around notions of individual rights, economic freedom, and Anglo-based societal values.

October 16, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Pampered College Nitwits

Too many college-age kids are unable to care for their most basic needs, which doesn't bode well for my future.

October 16, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The GOP's Best Email Offer

The National Lampoon once put out a boxed set of radio programs with a jarring cover photo and the title, "Buy this Box or We'll Shoot this Dog."

October 15, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Don't Let Social Media Ruin Your Self-Esteem

Over the past few weeks, I've gotten to the point where I wanted to just leave Facebook behind. I have a fairly light social media footprint when it comes to Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. But I do hang out in the Facebook precincts on a fairly regular basis, so fairly regular that my boss has occasionally asked me how I'm enjoying retirement.

October 15, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The Scandalous Suppression of Gun Violence Research

In the midst of President Obama's denunciation of gun violence - if you've lost track, the latest massacre was on Friday - he lamented Washington's ongoing inertia and said that, in fact, "we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially prevent gun deaths."

October 14, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


TP'ing the Trans Pacific Partnership

It's been awfully fun to watch the different branches of government quiver like Aspen trees in a force 5 tornado arguing the pros and cons of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. The TPP is either an environmental travesty designed to set the union movement back 100 years, or the spine of the Pacific Rim's economic pushback against China. Depends on who you talk to. One or the other: nothing in between. It's two cliffs and a gorge.

October 14, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


In California, a Right to Die

Imagine looking in a mirror and seeing the target of the euthanasia movement.

October 13, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Politics Without Passion

Many Democrats are tied in knots over the presidential campaign, afraid not just of saying the wrong thing but even thinking it.

October 13, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Power of the press is reporting the news consumers need

The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

October 11, 2015 | | Columnists


Why community newspapers matter

ROLLING FORK, Miss.- The chosen theme for this year's National Newspaper Week is "Power of the Press," and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing.

October 11, 2015 | Ray Mosby | Columnists


The Lingering Problem of Race Relations

Race relations have returned to the forefront of our national discussion over the last several years. Unless one refers to illegal immigration, relations in question almost always pertain to blacks and whites.

October 09, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Time for Sensible Background Checks

In the wake of the recent homicidal shooting rampage at an Oregon community college, I'm forced to come to the conclusion that it is high time for common sense national background checks for journalists.

October 09, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Decline of American Greatness

"I'm fed up with politics and the country is going down the drain."

October 08, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


My Dog Ate My Blueprints

"It takes a heap of shedding to make a house a home."

October 08, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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Advice for President Trump

Dear Mr. President.

April 22, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump’s Endless Campaign

"No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it," observed George Orwell in his prescient novel "1984." However, until Donald Trump came along ...

April 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump’s broken promise could break another promise

Smoke has been billowing skyward from the Trumpster fire for nearly 100 days - I know, it feels more like 100 weeks - and his refusal to ...

April 20, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Have you talked to your children about marijuana?

Although I got vicarious pleasure from the American Dope Growers Union spoof on "Saturday Night Live" in 1977, my curiosity has never led me to ...

April 20, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The net neutrality noise machine

For over a decade, professional liberal organizers and agitators - backed by a tidal wave of big liberal foundations and Silicon Valley corporate money - have told ...

April 19, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


20 years after his death, a few thoughts about Mike Royko

It was 20 years ago this month that I - along with everyone else in Chicago - woke up to the news that Mike Royko was gone.

April 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump trashes sustainability twice in two weeks

I knew when Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States that he might prove a long-awaited savior to those disillusioned, abandoned Americans ...

April 18, 2017 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists


Don’t go green with this housing industry product

From using reusable shopping bags to driving hybrid cars, consumers have been persuaded they can do their part to protect the environment by changing their ...

April 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


A Subject the Media Should Cover

Sometime this month I hope our rabid anti-Trump media find a little time to cover a subject that has been very important to me since ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


United Package Tours Now Include Hospitalization!

I'm old enough to remember when the United Airlines slogan was: "Fly the Friendly Skies of United." Now, according to Twitter wag GoodJuJu, the ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump’s immigration grade: ‘A’ and ‘F’

President Donald Trump's campaign promises to re-create immigration into a vehicle that helps, rather than hurts Americans, catapulted him into the White House. More ...

April 15, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Trump shouldn’t overlook violence against Christians

It was most serene of all scenes: A choir singing hymns on a Palm Sunday morning. It could have been any church, anywhere in the ...

April 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


A covey of political caucuses

During the Trump Care Meltdown, when the same Republicans that chanted "Repeal & Replace" for seven years folded like a broken down lawn chair in a ...

April 13, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


What ’60 Minutes’ missed about foreign workers

Last month's "60 Minutes" feature on the H-1B employment-based visa brought back into national awareness the outrage about displacing U.S. workers with foreign-born ...

April 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Easter is a time for new life

Suddenly, the lawns have shown a remarkable transformation. The old dry, brittle, brown stuff is lush and green. I remarked to Fred what a difference ...

April 13, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


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