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Is President Trump anti-trustworthy?

It's fascinating to hear the president rail against those who don't pay their fair share of taxes or have grown too powerful. This from a man who thinks he's smarter than everyone else. Because he doesn't pay taxes. And has grown too powerful.

April 07, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


The Pentagon needs to reverse course

A lot has been written about the Pentagon's plan to move its computing operations onto the cloud. The contract to do the work it is said to be worth $1 billion in just the first year to the firm that wins the bid, and billions more after that. The contract is sole source - meaning one company would be responsible for designing and maintaining the contracted services for at least a decade and probably in virtual perpetuity - so it's no surprise rumors about the bid being rigged are flying around. There's a lot at stake for the winners ...

April 07, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Status quo in VA culture shouldn’t put bureaucracy ahead of vets

There is no group of Americans I hold in higher regard than our nation's veterans. During my time in Congress - as a member of both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees and as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies - I have made improving the quality of life for our nearly 20 million veterans a top priority. I have worked with a deep bench of colleagues who hold the same commitment. Any person or thing detracting from this shared priority does a disservice to our nation's veterans.

April 05, 2018 | Jerry Moran | Columnists


David Hogg, child media star

Caught in the whirlwind of adoring television interviews, newspaper profiles, rally speeches and teenage groupies, David Hogg has not had time to ruminate on one of the great truths of our media-driven age: The long arc of history doesn't bend toward justice. For individuals, it bends toward obscurity.

April 05, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Roseanne is raising the Barr

Roseanne Barr has risen from the dead.

April 04, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Why Stormy’s story still matters

Approximately 22 million viewers tuned in to "60 Minutes" last Sunday to watch as Anderson Cooper interviewed Stephanie Clifford. Clifford, better known as adult film actress Stormy Daniels, alleges that she had an affair with now-President Trump in 2006.

April 04, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


You too can survive alone

Why on earth would anyone bother to make the bed when his wife is out of town?

April 03, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Small change by Trump could have huge impact

Last Monday, the U.S. Commerce Dept. announced something that sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing to do: It will include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.

April 03, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


MLK’s legacy: The next 50 years

Decades ago, when I worked in a grocery store, I would frequently have to phone my boss and ask whether to cash a check for a stranger. The questioning would inevitably include, "Is he black?"

April 02, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


How important is the resurrection?

With today being Easter Sunday it would be good to know why we celebrate as we do.

March 31, 2018 | Thomas Swain | Columnists


Your Easter assignment: Study to show thyself approved

In the nearly 43 years since my baptism, I have never really experienced a crisis of faith. But I'll admit that aggravating little questions have lurked in the corners of my mind.

March 31, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Thoughts on guns and society

Just recently I was visiting with a friend and she remarked how glad she was that the Florida kids were holding rallies due to the recent shootings there.

March 29, 2018 | By Judi Tabler | Columnists


The dangers of John Bolton to the United States

H. R. McMaster, President Trump's second National Security Advisor (who followed the historically short-serving and now-indicted Michael Flynn), is set to resign his post at the beginning of next month. Soon to be in his place is someone far less qualified - and far more dangerous.

March 29, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Activism in the age of Trump

The operative word in activist is "active." To be an activist you must be... well, active; pro-active at times. An activist can't sit in front of a computer, posting or blogging away, limit themselves to tweeting, or simply disseminate news - fake or documented fact. An activist must get up. They must make noise. They must do everything in their power to move their agenda forward. The most successful activists know a thing or two about making noise. They know that a shriek or a shout is nothing more than a fleeting sound. Groups like the NRA or those who ...

March 29, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Conservative Justice gave Democrats a path back to power

If Democrats do manage to retake the House this fall, they might have to send a thank-you card to the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

March 28, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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The incredible power of Fathers

My 84-year-old father still asks me why I did it.

June 16, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Grizzly bears in our oldest national park are not safe

"The National Parks do not suffice as a means of perpetuating the larger carnivores; witness the precarious status of the grizzly bear." These words were ...

June 16, 2018 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


Flying American Airlines? Be prepared to hold it

Members of any airline frequent flyer club have seen the benefits of membership gradually erode under the relentless assault of airline bean-counters. The yearly mileage ...

June 14, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


With friends like us, who needs enemies?

During WWII, when the communist government of Joseph Stalin joined the United States and Great Britain in their battle against Nazi Germany, British Prime Minister ...

June 14, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Skilled trades beat degree debt

When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today.

June 13, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A chance to save California?

California's crazy "jungle" primary elections came to a blessed end on Tuesday.

June 13, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tragic celebrity suicides should be a reminder to listen

When I heard my brother Jonathan had taken his own life, my first thought, unfiltered through the sieve of reason, was: "Why the hell did ...

June 12, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Many unhappy returns

Domino's offers to "insure" your purchase in the event your car is crushed by a tree and you slip on an icy sidewalk causing ...

June 12, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Border separations are simply immoral

Is it necessary, in the year 2018, to write that it is wrong for any country - let alone the United States of America - to forcefully ...

June 11, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Democrats might have reason to worry about November

When writer, commentator, polemicist, talk show host and National Review magazine editor William F. Buckley ran for mayor of New York City in 1965, a ...

June 11, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bush Sr. reminisces about his College World Series days

For the next three weeks, baseball fans will have a chance to see the game played the way it should be. The NCAA's best ...

June 09, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


‘Grease’ turns 40! Peachy keen, jellybean!

For your least-favorite local eatery, the headline "Grease Turns 40" might elicit chuckles of "I TOLD you those bribes to the health inspector would pay ...

June 09, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Dance like your dad’s not watching

Although some men long to have a son to carry on their family name (and their male-pattern baldness), I've always felt lucky to have ...

June 07, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Oval Office Apprentice Raging Moderate by Will Durst President Donald Trump has failed at many end

President Donald Trump has failed at many endeavors: casinos, airlines, universities, steaks, wine, vodka, board games, two marriages, armed forces physicals, White House Communications Department ...

June 07, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Crazy Rudy’s full court press

Last year, as the tightly wound spool of scandal surrounding his administration started to unravel, President Trump reportedly asked a roomful of White House officials ...

June 06, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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