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Dead Solid Summer

Every year, it's with a gleeful relief we embrace Independence Day, which marks the beginning of dead solid summer. The Fourth of July is a red white and blue arrow to the bulls-eye of patriotism when we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our country by packing together in crowds, drinking a lot of beer and blowing stuff up real good.

July 09, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Legit Precedent for Gay Marriage

I did a lot of soul searching last week, trying to figure out why the legalization of same sex marriage has administered such an emotional sucker punch to my solar plexus. Some would say it's because I'm a bigot, and a bigot is never ready for the sea change that annihilates her bigoted world view. Others, including my caring and cautionary friends, have said that they understand how difficult it must be to see my concept of constitutional integrity ignored and displaced by that branch of government that represents the pinnacle of my profession, my secular Vatican, as ...

July 08, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Republicans Are at Odds with Corporate America

The Republican brand is that they're on the side of business. "Corporations are people, my friends," uttered doomed 2012 presidential candidate, CEO-turned-Massachusetts-Governor Mitt Romney. At the time I assumed what he actually meant was, "Corporations are my friends, people."

July 08, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


The Confederate Flag Flap

You can tell it's presidential election season.

July 07, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Powder Room Police

My father grew up in rural Texas during the 1930s. He childhood featured dirt roads, a hand-crank telephone and outhouses. Most, if not all, of the bathrooms the Shannons constructed were what is termed a "one-holer."

July 07, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Rebel Flag the Ultimate Dog Whistle

Since its reintroduction on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Confederate flag has been the source of controversy with a regularity approaching that of a Madonna comeback album. Sadly, it has been thrust into the news once more because some kid who loved it went crazy and committed an atrocity. A racially charged atrocity. Yes. Again.

July 05, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Political Correctness and the Confederate Flag

More and more people want the Confederate flag gone immediately. Before getting too hasty, though, some things must be considered.

July 05, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


I salute America

I salute...the editor of a colonial newspaper who shut down his paper rather than pay the Stamp Act tax of 1765; his last edition proclaimed liberty as "the greatest blessing human beings can enjoy"and taxation without representation as being "fettered with the chains of inimical servitude."

July 03, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


Independence Day's Importance

"Beer, family gatherings and fireworks! Gosh, I love the Fourth of July!"

July 03, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Whining is For Duffers, Not Pros

Sometimes you just have to get away from politics, if even for half a weekend.

July 02, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Obamacare Ruling is a Conservative Win

The dream of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has now been realized. Their solution-their idea for universal health care has been passed by both houses, signed by the president and upheld twice now by the Supreme Court. Yes, they call it Obamacare. Yes, they strangely call it socialism. But yes, it was their idea.

July 02, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Salon's 'Big Lie' About Guns and Mental Illness

I'm strongly in favor of keeping the mentally ill away from firearms and I'm coming around to approving any policy that keeps crazy 'journalists' away from a keyboard, too. Case in point is Salon.com writer Arthur Chu. His rant titled "It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males" makes Alex Jones sound like Dr. Phil.

July 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Why Spy on France?

According to WikiLeaks, the United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, reports Reuters. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn why.

July 01, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Personality Tests: Jobseekers Beware!

"There's no such thing as a stupid question - but we're doing our best."

June 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Ray of Hope in the Confederacy of Dunces

In the annals of political flip flops - or "evolutions," if you prefer - none have arguably rivaled the breathtaking triple back flip executed late Monday by the governor of South Carolina.

June 30, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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Celebrate your Freedom to Oppose President Trump

"Halima" hid under the bed and tried not to watch as the soldiers slit her brother's throat.

January 21, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Crashing the Inauguration

By lunchtime Friday Donald Trump will be our president.

January 21, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Marsh Musings

When I retired a few years ago, I reflected on my mission statement for moving here in 1990. The Cheyenne Bottoms held some sort of ...

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


The Quiet Death of an Exiled King

2017 began on a bad note.

January 19, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Will Trump Continue the Bush-Obama Legacy?

This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years ...

January 19, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump Isn’t Going to Play by the Media’s Rules

Another bedrock of conventional wisdom has been overturned. During the Trump administration it is okay to shoot the messenger.

January 18, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Millennials Need to Own Homes

Get this: The share of millennials who own a home has fallen to a 30-year low.

January 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Woman’s View

This past weekend was a wake up call for many of us. No internet, no land line, no electricity. Going without electricity, even for a ...

January 18, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Navigating the Seas of Racial Differences

I don't usually live my days according to a particular theme. No planning goes into them, unless I'm celebrating a birthday or some ...

January 17, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The Circus is Now the Standard

Just nine days before becoming Leader of the Free World, President-elect Donald Trump wasn't talking about economic policy. He wasn't talking about global ...

January 17, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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


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