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Change is like an old building

They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back. The little theater, a dancehall named Oscar's Palladium on North Second Street in Sargent, Neb., had once been the scene of shows on a Midwest vaudeville circuit, then dances featuring big bands such as Tommy Dorsey's, then early rockers. And then it closed.

August 02, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


From parole to the pre-season

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

August 02, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Summer Camp

Dear Mom and Dad, It's been less than a week since you dropped me off at summer camp. You better come get me 'cause I'm in big trouble. On my first day, I was feeling homesick. So I found a piece of wood and began carving it with my Swiss Army knife the way Daddy showed me. Well, one of the counselors yelled at me to "freeze." He took my knife, then patted me down. Then he marched me off to the camp director. The director said, who did I think I was bringing a lethal weapon, a ...

August 01, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Despite Increasing Poverty and Unemployment, Immigration Advocacy Continues

Paul Ryan, U. S. Representative, Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice-presidential candidate recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably." No one argues. During the fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson first promised to end poverty, the United States has wasted $15 trillion; 46 million Americans live in poverty and 15 million more receive food stamps than before the 2007 recession started. The complete story is worse than Ryan indicated. For every job that the White House claims to have created, two Americans have been added to the food stamp roles. Over the weekend ...

August 01, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Would you call that reality T.V.?

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

July 31, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


The Age(s) of Happiness

Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69.

July 31, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


7 Rows of 7 Stars

That's it. Over. Finished. Done with Florida. Consider our long-distance love affair officially at an end. This is not just about the recent verdict by six Sunshine Staters sanctioning the death of a young man for possessing Skittles out of season, or for inventing the whole "stand your ground" law in the first place, allowing all this to go down. A tipping point has been reached. No more verticality to be had.

July 30, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Honest Discussion Needed

Turn on the TV.

July 28, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Once a Weiner, Always a Weiner

The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his boney finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

July 28, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


My “David Cassidy” Hair

First-wave baby boomers will begin turning 67 this year - and they're STILL imposing their ways on younger people, such as tail-end boomers like me.

July 26, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Political Benefits of a Royal Baby

Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution. But this morning, with the arrival of The Royal Baby, I finally get it. The House of Windsor gives the British permission to ignore their political and economic woes, to escape from themselves.

July 26, 2013 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What’s in a name

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

July 25, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Monitoring Media

This is shaping up as a great season for media-watchers. Viewers still go on vacation, but news and entertainment media are busier this summer than ever before, giving us plenty to slice and dice.

July 24, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Yellow Roses and Pink Sneakers

Normally when the general public ponders Texas, a whole lot of big sky and rugged individualism and generosity of spirit springs to mind. The thought of progressive politics is probably farther away than Bedouin olive trays are to an armadillo. But that's exactly what's going on right now as the country's most heroic representatives try their darndest to protect the Lone Star State's most precious commodity. The lives of our precious yellow roses. Our lady folk.

July 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Test-maker Left Behind: Money Short-Changes Education Reform

For the first time since George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind, the House has passed a major rewrite of federal education law. On Friday, the House approved the Student Success Act along party lines-Republicans for, Democrats against-but the bill has little chance of getting past a Democratic Senate and a White House veto threat. Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.

July 23, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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After a Twelve Year Iraq Mistake, Time to March Home

Twelve years ago last week, the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq, an act the late General William Odom predicted would turn out to be "the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history."

March 26, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Bush vs Clinton Rematch

You might want to stuff your pants pockets with sand and hang onto the rail as the ship of state lurches towards the distinct possibility that the next election to command the helm will be between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. The brother versus the wife. Sounds like a probate lawsuit.

March 26, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Death Tax Repeal is Long Overdue

On April 13, 2005 the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 272 to 162, to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. But in the ten years since, they have all but dropped the issue. A stunning 236 of the current members of the House have never had an opportunity to vote on it. Fortunately, the Ways & Means Committee under Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will soon consider a bill, H.R. 1105, written by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) that would repeal the death tax. House leadership should bring it to the floor ...

March 25, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


In Defense of the GOP’s Iran Letter

Last week a political bloodbath unfolded on Capitol Hill.

March 25, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Narcissistic Children: Can They Be Stopped?

One of my college roommates had a propensity for dismissing a rule (or someone else's interests) with "Pish posh! That's for lesser mortals!"

March 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Think of the children!

"What about the children?"

March 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The ‘E’ in Email Stands for Evidence

The country breathed a collective sigh of relief following Hillary Clinton's masterful press conference last week, held in response to the controversy surrounding her email troubles. "It's all fine. Don't worry about it. We got it covered. Easy peasy lemon squeezy."

March 22, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


What Footloose has to Teach Us About Iran

The Republican opposition to striking a nuclear deal with Iran puzzled me, until my friend Truman explained that it's exactly like the famous tractor scene from Kevin Bacon's 1984 class movie, "Footloose."

March 22, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Iran Fighting ISIS – Is it Really a Problem?

As Iran continues to take an active role in helping Iraq fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), many neocons are upset that the U.S. military is not over there on the ground doing the fighting. They want Americans to believe that only another U.S. invasion of Iraq – and of Syria as well – can defeat ISIS. But what is wrong with the countries of the region getting together and deciding to cooperate on a common problem?

March 20, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The World of Sonia Sotomayor

We all know that some people, for genetic or other reasons, experience depression more frequently and deeply than normal. At the other end of the spectrum are people like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who, despite having experienced painful losses and disadvantages that would understandably depress a normal person, achieve success and a life of remarkable accomplishment.

March 20, 2015 | Jan Ting | Columnists


Obama Screws the Middle Class Again

How would you like a free refund of your last three years' of taxes? A promise that you won't have to pay any possible back taxes or penalty? Would you have any objection if the IRS chooses not to ask for income verification?

March 19, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The First Female President

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton's speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women titled, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights." It was 1995 when then-First Lady Clinton went to Beijing and challenged the world to see women's issues as not separate from the rest of humanity.

March 19, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Democrats Have a Corruption Problem

Senator Bob Menendez will soon be indicted on corruption and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his relationship with Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach eye doctor. Melgen thought he could get away with Medicare fraud because he gave Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Super PAC $700,000 and lavished Menendez with private jet flights to his luxury resort. Given the known public facts, Harry Reid should return Melgen's money to the taxpayers he stole it from and should ask Menendez to resign.

March 18, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Teen's Death is Our Tragedy

I was a fairly intense child, passionate in my love (Bobby Sherman, white chocolate,) and my hatred (the Dallas Cowboys, mayonnaise.)

March 18, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Should Nonprofits Be Taxed?

Nationwide, people involved with museums, archives, nature preserves, homeless shelters, battered women shelters and similar endeavors are nervous.

March 17, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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