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I Like Trump, and So Should You

Donald Trump represents more than a change of tone in presidential primary politics. He is redefining what it means to be a mainstream Republican.

January 29, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


GOP Debates Aren't Helping Much

Never before in the relatively brief history of televised presidential politics have debates been so important as in the current GOP campaign. Yet, through six lengthy debates precious little has been learned.

January 29, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Surviving The Winter Blues

Boy, it's cold outside.

January 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Most Idiotic Reactions to the Poisoning of Flint

The poisoning of Flint, Michigan, is a national disgrace - and some of the people reacting to it have been disgraceful. Here's an abbreviated list, going from bad to worse:

January 28, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


New Yorkie Values

To taunt his rival and sow seeds of evangelical doubt, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz informed Donald Trump that the rest of the country was concerned about his alarming New York Values, totally ignoring the greater danger of the real estate developer's aerodynamic coif toppling over and knocking innocent supporters unconscious with its hard candy shell.

January 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Will We Choose Freedom in 2016?

One of the greatest gifts my hardworking, blue-collar father gave me when I was young was the belief that no one owes me anything. His wisdom carried me through some difficult times growing up and helped shape me into the person I am today. It seems that self-reliant attitude my dad instilled in me is all but lost in this country.

January 27, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Kindergarten is not the First Grade

A couple years ago, my wife and I sat with a friend who complained that her kindergarten son had homework to do.

January 26, 2016 | Rob Tornoe | Columnists


Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War

While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the scenes to rush through the Senate what may be the most massive transfer of power from the Legislative to the Executive branch in our history. The senior Senator from Kentucky is scheming, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, to bypass normal Senate procedure to fast-track legislation to grant the president the authority to wage unlimited war for as long as he or his successors may wish.

January 26, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Memories are the true trophies of the Pinewood Derby

In the universe of parenting young children, January is a dead zone of dreadful nothingness. Christmas gifts break or worse - become obsolete - cabin fever sets in, kids start fighting and dads suddenly find business trips to Scottsdale or San Diego. Clinicians long ago came up a clinical diagnosis called Seasonal Affective Disorder - SAD - which is translated to "get me out of here." I read where experts have noted that other mammals figured out the best way to cope with this - go find a cave and sleep for three months.

January 24, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


More Exploitation of Students

Yes, I hung up on an interview subject live on the air during my afternoon radio show. She was a spokesweasel for a website abetting prostitution who is paid to insist it isn't a website abetting prostitution.

January 24, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The White Actors Matter Academy Awards

"Black Lives Matter" - except in Tinseltown.

January 24, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Typo that Bloated a Nation

For decades Americans have been laboring under a misconception that has fueled the growth of Jenny Craig, stretched spandex to the limit and turned people-watching at the mall into a vaguely unsettling experience.

January 22, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Fear-Free Veterinary Clinics: Barking Up The Right Tree?

According to ABC News, a growing number of veterinarians work in "fear-free" clinics.

January 22, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Real State of the Union

In his last State of the Union Address, that renowned weaver of uplifting platitudes, President Barack Obama, crocheted his constituents one final quilt of bittersweet melancholy to remember him by. Not a victory lap so much as someone pulling his arms inside the chains preparing to dismount a swing over a crocodile pit.

January 21, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


When Peace Breaks Out With Iran...

This has been the most dramatic week in US/Iranian relations since 1979.

January 21, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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CEOs to Trump: You’re bad for business

It's not often - actually, it's never happened before - that a Republican president gets dissed and dumped by corporate titans like Dow, Merck, Campbell ...

August 19, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Hey, computers, I’ll be back

I read an article the other day about jobs most likely to be replaced by robots and computers in the future. Oddly enough, near the ...

August 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


You can’t be an American and fly the Confederate Flag

OUTSIDE WINCHESTER, Va. -- We were driving up Interstate 81 last Sunday afternoon, the radio on, the sun setting into the hills, when we passed a ...

August 17, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Thermonuclear chicken

Time to dig a bomb shelter. Stockpile some Kool- Aid. Nibble some Tootsie Rolls while catching a double feature at the drive-in. Pull out your ...

August 17, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Money and the pursuit of happiness

Money does make us happy, so long as we spend it right.

August 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Colonial Williamsburg more important than ever

It's a rainy and humid afternoon in mid-August and General George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, and I are talking about what a ...

August 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Still waiting for Trump to tweet about mosque bombing

An improvised explosive device was thrown through the window of a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, while Muslim-Americans worshipped in the building. The attack occurred on ...

August 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The follies of appeasement

Haven't we learned yet that appeasement doesn't work?

August 15, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


GOP Leaders should welcome move to end Obamacare bailout

As the Trump administration moves closer to instructing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to eliminate the Obama-era rule that bailed Congress out of paying ...

August 14, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The total solar eclipse: One Curmudgeon’s opinion

Have you purchased your $500 bottle of Solar Red Wine?

August 14, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Americans are proud to be getting dumber

A North Carolina man walks into a popular Washington D.C. pizzeria and opens fire, telling police upon his inevitable arrest that he came to ...

August 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Living to 125 too much of a good thing?

"A 125-year life expectancy for human beings? I have zero desire to stick around that long."

August 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Tips to get ready for back-to-school

Move over, summer – a new school year is coming! With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring – and so do ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


O, Canada! If only liberals knew all the facts

Canada is often touted in the United States as the panacea of health care, leadership, love, peace and thick bacon.

August 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


OK, it’s not the Ritz, but it is home

I escaped this past weekend.

August 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


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