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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

MONTEREY, Calif.- They don't ask, "Paper or plastic?" around here anymore. Single-use plastic bags are banned, and stores offering paper are required to charge the stiff price of 25 cents per bag.

May 30, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Adopt A Pet day successful

Dear Editor,

May 29, 2013 | | Columnists


IRS Scandal Shows Importance of Privacy Protections

IRS apologists are furiously trying to change the subject from the outrageous targeting of political opponents by the IRS to a policy debate over forced disclosure of contributions to groups that engage in political speech. The story is that a deluge of applications forced the IRS to cut corners and the targeting scandal was an accidental result of mismanaging that flood. From there the apologists pivot to demanding a new crackdown on political speech, forced disclosure of donors, or both. But the story is a fairy tale and the "solutions" are unconstitutional.

May 29, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The Tangled Tango

As part of the brash rash of wire-brush scouring on the Teflon coating that routinely seals the Obama presidency, a large heavy-duty cast-iron deal has been made of the IRS conducting audits on Tea Party-affiliated organizations. But scratch the surface and it makes a sort of perverse sense.

May 29, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Danger in D.C. is Bipartisanship

The growing scandals enveloping the Obama administration are becoming a series of shiny baubles being dangled before the right and the left alike. The right wants to impeach Obama, while the left, of course, wants to blindly defend him. Meanwhile, the American people are being sold a bill of goods that this is a partisan fight and that partisanship is a danger to the Republic. The truth is, the real danger lies in so-called bipartisanship.

May 28, 2013 | | Columnists


Needed: Federal Control of Garage Sales

Having just helped my mother with her annual yard sale, I have come to a disturbing conclusion.

May 28, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Weathering the Politicians

Yesterday I read an interesting article in Newsweek about the connection between tornadoes and climate change.

May 26, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Man Bags for the Modern Male

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcell

May 24, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Watch the High Stakes Political and Media Credibility Game

Forget the political "blame game." The biggest game in town now is the credibility game -- a high-stakes exercise that will end with America's political middle deciding who is trustworthy and who isn't. Some key players:

May 24, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Can I take a deduction for that?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

May 23, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Learning From the Rise and Fall of Michelle Rhee

At some point, we need to stop believing in miracles, at least in education. While we're still getting over the RICO indictments handed down in the Atlanta cheating scandal comes the revelation that the success Michelle Rhee achieved as the "no excuses" superintendent of Washington, D.C.'s public schools was the product of massive cheating. Those asking why Rhee isn't under indictment just like her former colleague in Atlanta are missing the bigger question: If she's an example of its success, is the theory behind market-driven education reform valid?

May 23, 2013 | | Columnists


Benghazi Smoke Screen

Up until about an hour ago, most Americans thought Benghazi was the guy who palled around with John Cassavetes back in the '60s, but now it's obvious we're talking about the foreign policy arm of a multi-ramped tar pit the president has found himself swimming -- up to his armpits. Yes, friends, it's pity time at the White House.

May 22, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Scandal Advice from the Master

Bill Clinton, wearing a white toga and a crown of gold, sat in a garden while attractive women fed him grapes. President Obama, having just suffered the most devastating week of his presidency, sat nearby, seeking advice in the art of telling whoppers. Using the Socratic method of teaching, Clinton began to tutor his new student.

May 22, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Our zoo is famous and other local news

Tying up a few loose ends on stories that didn't make the front page:

May 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


IRS Scandal another Reason Why We Need the Fair Tax

"It will create a bureaucracy with the efficiency of the Post Office, the frugality of the Pentagon and the compassion of the IRS."– Mantra of those who opposed HillaryCare in the 1990s.

May 21, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


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The State of the Bubble Address

I didn't watch the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

January 25, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


How Neocons Hacked the Conservative Movement

It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.

January 25, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Why We Need a Better Sense of Humor

Boy, does the world need a better sense of humor right about now.

January 23, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Return of Satire

Decades after being dismissed by George S. Kaufman as a genre that "closes on Saturday night," satire, like the measles and mumps, is making a comeback. And in many quarters, remains the most feared of the three conditions.

January 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Is ‘Je suis Charlie’ an Accurate Slogan?

In the wake of the terrorist massacre in Paris, the new battle cry throughout the civilized world is "Je suis Charlie," meaning "I am Charlie." The phrase expresses solidarity for the four cartoonists and 13 others butchered by Islamic terrorists who attacked the satirical newspaper and a kosher market. But, actually, it's clear now that the slogan for this century should be another one: "We are screwed."

January 22, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


It's Always About Hitler

Hitler is in the news again, invoked by some ignorant people.

January 22, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Adios, Rick Perry

A decade ago, Rick Perry famously signed off an interview with the words, "Adios, mofo." Now, signing off as governor, he told the same reporter, "Adios, my friend." He might be on his way out, but he's leaving behind a cast of characters that promises years of entertainment. The price of oil might be tanking, but stupid will always be Texas' most abundant natural resource.

January 21, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed's policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

January 21, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Monsieur Obama MIA

Everyone from Jon Stewart to Ted Cruz has mocked President Obama for not flying to France last weekend.

January 20, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


On Handwritten Letters

I received an unexpected postcard in the mail the other day from an old friend. It made my day.

January 20, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


End Oil Protectionism

The politics of the crude exports issue are confused by a lot of irresponsible reporting. Almost every story on the issue asserts that allowing exports would be politically dangerous because it would supposedly raise prices at the pump, but the claim is never credibly sourced. In fact, every single serious study has found precisely the opposite: allowing crude exports would lower prices at the pump.

January 18, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


On Elizabeth Warren, the Bright Shiny Object

Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."

January 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Lessons from Paris

After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims. Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force. The police blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.

January 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


America is Becoming a Welfare State

As the controversy builds over anything and everything relating to Barack Obama, many Republicans have come to believe that their party will prosper as a result.

January 16, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Jihad and Right-Wing Extremism Not So Different

Since 9/11, 34 people have been killed in America by Islamic jihadist terrorists.

January 15, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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