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Take a Breath, Folks, 2016 is not 1968

The latest fad, propagated by many members of the commentariat, is to equate the America of 2016 with the America of 1968. I heard it more recently from Chuck Todd of NBC News: "Not since the summers of the '60s and violence in Watts, Detroit, and Chicago has the nation felt so hopelessly divided."

July 16, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists

A Warning on Drug Pricing from Bill Gates

One of the most popular punching bags on the presidential campaign trail this year is America's biopharmaceutical industry. Bashing drug companies was telegraphed early on as a key Democratic strategy to shift the blame for the failure of Obamacare to contain health care costs away from the Democratic/insurance industry alliance that wrote the law. Unfortunately, their policy proposals, designed to suppress drug prices, are likely to cause far more harm than good.

July 14, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Black and White and Traffic Stops

A couple of years back, when I was driving down to Florida, I got pulled over on U.S. Route 41 in a little town called Waldo near Gainesville.

July 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Farmers Markets Deserve Support

The farmers market here is a rousing event, filling the town square with dozens of produce vendors from around the state and local bands providing nonstop music. It's also one of the most tightly-governed markets in the nation.

July 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Who Will Win the Hillary Clinton Veepstakes?

A Vice Presidential pick is a defining moment in a campaign, motivating nominees to utilize unique strategies. Some try to accentuate their heavyweight status by partnering up with less vibrant versions of themselves in what might be called the "Bad Xerox Without Any Toner" maneuver. Think... Dan Quayle.

July 13, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists

Nostalgic for the Drive-in Theater

Here's something I miss more each summer: the drive-in movie theater.

July 12, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

If Nothing Else, FBI Chief Exposed Clinton's Incompetence

When I mentioned that I'd probably vote for Donald Trump if no viable alternative presented itself, dozens of readers begged me to stop writing such ridiculous and/or dangerous things.

July 12, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Who will win the Donald Trump Veepstakes?

Now that the presumptive nominees are set, the presidential campaign has officially entered its "begging for money like we're raising bail for our little sister who's being held in a Turkish prison" stage. And a pre-convention lull has descended upon the proceedings like a moist blanket of sulk. Not to be confused with the post-convention lull, which will be similar but ratcheted up by a desperation factor of four.

July 11, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists

Recreational Walking: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

I started walking the day I turned eight months old, and now it seems I've started my second childhood.

July 11, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

America's 14th and 15th Colonies

The Fourth of July has come and gone, a with it the annual reminder about a group of brave souls who sparked a revolution against an evil empire.

July 09, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

The One Truth About Benghazi

The ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus is often credited with that old chestnut about truth being the first casualty of war.

July 07, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

By Leon Kolankiewicz Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will get my vote come November. While

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will get my vote come November. While each espouses certain positions I share, both score epic fails on my personal litmus tests.

July 07, 2016 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists

Despite Terrorism, Peace On Earth Is Not Dead

Another day and another suicide bombing, this time in Turkey.

July 06, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Beware of Distracted Drivers this Summer

As you hit the roadways this summer, here's a safety tip to keep in mind: Beware of distracted drivers.

July 06, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

What We Really Learned from the Benghazi Investigation

The most important information the American public learned from the Benghazi Committee Report is not actually in the report.

July 05, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

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Trumping the North Korea naysayers

President Trump will never win.

March 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Congress says THIS time we really mean it!

There's a bill being lovingly preserved by Mitch McConnell, Curator of the Senate, that's one of those "bipartisan" efforts the media loves to ...

March 21, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Trump is stocking White House with yes-men

We should have seen this coming.

March 20, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists

The Obama-Clinton soundtracks

What the nation needs desperately as the 2018 midterm elections draw near is to hear more wisdom from Barack Obama and less venom from Hillary ...

March 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Are supermarkets becoming the center of your life?

I guess those shoppers were ahead of their time.

March 19, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Yes, indeed, we need a monster in the White House

It's time once again for Washington wannabes to get out their resumes. There are a number of job openings in the Trump administration and ...

March 19, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

Too little, too late

The White House, where everyone is clamoring to work - at least according to Trump - took yet another blow last week when Gary Cohn, the president ...

March 17, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

Ways Democrats could screw up the midterms

Okay, Democrats, settle down. Drop the confetti and back away from the champagne. Stop punching each other in the arm, making with the whoop-whoop noises ...

March 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists

Time to nurture America’s Irish-Inspired sense of humor

It's always grand in March of every year to pour myself a pint of Guinness and enjoy the glorious Irish wit.

March 15, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

The west is losing natural area at an alarming pace

"Disappearing Rivers," a Center for American Progress-commissioned report, was introduced to a Washington, D.C. audience recently. The report was unsparing in its criticism of ...

March 15, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Nearly Nashville: honky-tonks and hee haw

My first ever trip to Nashville, Tennessee, began with a connecting flight aboard a small commuter plane designed to comfortably transport exactly 44 Lego Minifigures ...

March 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists

Tillerson out, but was he ever really in?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's exit has been on its way for so long it's arrival is anti-climatic. To understand why he's ...

March 14, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists

The steel dossier

Every candidate for office makes promises. Only the truly ignorant attempt to keep each and every one once elected.

March 13, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

In defense of Trump’s tariffs

It's interesting how Trump's tariff proposal has opponents screaming it's the end of the world."

March 13, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Trump’s worst enemy strikes again

Donald, Donald, Donald.

March 12, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

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