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How Many Turkeys Died for your Dinner?

We've spent such a large portion of the past year cringing at the prospect of potential disasters crouching behind every bush: ISIS, Putin, Trump, Belicheck, lion-killing dentists, that a national holiday right about now is a blessed respite. For one 24-hour period, the whole country can focus on something benign. Unless, you're a Black Friday shopper. But those are self-inflicted injuries.

December 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Who Should Pay For the Syrian Refugees?

Last week Congress dealt a blow to President Obama's plan to resettle 10,000 Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland. On a vote of 289-137, including 47 Democrats, the House voted to require the FBI to closely vet any applicant from Syria and to guarantee that none of them pose a threat to the US. Effectively this will shut down the program.

November 29, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Lots to Be Thankful For

Do you realize we've been giving thanks for almost 400 years?"

November 29, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Suspected Terrorists in America are Free to Buy Guns

Now that congressional Republicans and roughly 50 cowered Democratic colleagues have passed a panicky bill to impede the entry of Syrian refugees, I think it's time to pause for a reality check.

November 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Both Sides Half Right on Refugees

I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my conservative friends raise their eyebrows whenever I champion any form of legalization.

November 27, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Hillary Clinton, Wall Street’s Candidate

Wall Street crony Hillary Clinton's scandalous attempt to redefine her support of and by the top 1 percent is being met with revulsion from liberals and "I told you so' from main street conservatives.

November 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Giving Thanks

It's almost Thanksgiving. The fireplace inside crackles while the snow outside falls, painting an exceptionally-Alaskan scene as I write. It's also a reminder this is the time of year I receive correspondence from thoughtful people asking how a particular American hero, a man who gave up his youth to serve this great nation under four presidents, is doing. He's home this year, so I'll be sure to mention your regards to him as we gather around the Thanksgiving table.

November 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Talk Is Cheap, Foul Language Is Worthless

You don't need to be a genius to recognize that John Oliver is doing some remarkably effective journalism on his weekly HBO series, laced with humor yet addressing with surprising insight many pressing social and political issues. And you need not be a prude to dislike the way Oliver continually degrades his own efforts with unnecessary foul language.

November 25, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Time For Obama to Back Ted Cruz?

In her memoir published this summer, Claire McCaskill recounts how she confounded political observers who assumed she would lose reelection to the U.S. Senate in right-of-center-leaning Missouri. In order to do that, she poured nearly $2 million of her campaign war chest into an ad blitz designed to elevate the most extreme, right wing candidate among the Republicans seeking to challenge her in the general election.

November 25, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists


The Dysfunctional Iowa Caucuses

As the Iowa caucuses draw near, we should take a close look at how the Hawkeye State runs its presidential nominating system.

November 24, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Time for Obama to Reverse Refugee Plan

Across America, the prospect of resettling as many as 10,000 Syrians has put citizens on edge. The Paris massacre and related events-ISIS' bombing of a Russian commercial airliner, the Beirut suicide bombers who killed 43, Germany's emergency evacuation of a soccer stadium prior to a game that Chancellor Angela Merkel was scheduled to attend, and diverted Paris-bound flights-has made the nation skeptical about President Obama's terrorism strategy.

November 24, 2015 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Winners, Losers and Leaders

President Obama's reaction to the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris has been strange - and disturbing.

November 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


GOP Islamophobia is Back With a Vengeance

What a surprise. In the aftermath of Paris, Republicans have rediscovered one of their favorite illnesses, Islamophobia. Painting with a predictably broad brush, Marco Rubio compares Muslims to Nazis. Donald Trump talks about shuttering mosques. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush want to ban all Syrian refugees who are Muslim, and admit only those who are Christian.

November 22, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The Nun’s Bazaar: a post script

This week's column will be a short one. I'm just too tired to write very much. You see, last weekend was the Dominican Sisters of Peace bazaar. I was there. Twice. We had a plan that we thought was carefully orchestrated. My entourage was going to arrive at the convent at 7:30 and beat the losers who drive from Ellinwood, Hoisington and Stafford. We expected the crowd to be thin. After all this wasn't just any Saturday morning. It was the start of Pheasant season, which means every grown man and most of their kids were ...

November 22, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


America’s Grand Ole Opry Turns 90

News that the venerable "Grand Ole Opry" radio show turns 90 on Nov. 28, starts my memories flowing.

November 20, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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For the Fourth of July, let’s have some common sense

In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to renew our commitment to the principles and practices that made our country ...

June 28, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Republicans are out of ideas on health care

It's time to own it, Republicans: You've had seven years to come up with a credible alternative to Obamacare. And when your clutch ...

June 27, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Era of the selfie stick

Millennials, who understandably hate being called "millennials," did not invent narcissism with the selfie.

June 27, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


I guess Donald Trump Was right

At his big rallies last fall President Trump kept telling his supporters that, "We're just going to win and win so much you're ...

June 26, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Let Washington politicians defend themselves

In all the discussion of the shooting during Republican practice for the Congressional baseball game, I was struck by the fact no one thought it ...

June 26, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


An ‘extraordinary’ abuse of journalistic style

I can't stop myself from keeping a mental list of words and phrases that have been bastardized beyond repair by journalists. They range from ...

June 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


The Jones act keeps America secure

For some time now the Jones Act, a federal law requiring all cargo moved by water between two point in the United States be transported ...

June 22, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Mr. Tyree doesn’t go to Washington

June 2017 was supposed to be the month my 13-year-old son Gideon went to Washington, D.C. on a youth tour.

June 21, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Snowflakes want me to be nicer to Trump

I need to stop and thank all the nice folk who've been kind enough to take time from their busy schedules to provide this ...

June 21, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Politically correct summer camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

June 20, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump’s demeanor shouldn’t be surprising

Of all the rationales available to interpret President Donald Trump's private conversation with former FBI director James Comey, many of his defenders opted for ...

June 20, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bernie Sanders, religious bigot?

Democrats are enjoying throwing around the word impeachment.

June 19, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Siri plans to stop taking orders and start giving them

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the company is going to focus on developing self-driving car "systems" instead of the car itself. In an interview ...

June 19, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


What boob thought up this fashion trend?

"There's no need to fear ---- underboob is here!"

June 17, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Russiagate’ is obscuring everything, including gun legislation

On Wednesday morning, Washington rightly fretted over the fate of a Republican congressman and three others felled by a gunman's fire in suburban Alexandria ...

June 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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