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From Obama to Trump: What We’ve Lost in Just 12 Years

Back in July 2004, when I was a (somewhat) younger political reporter, I was standing in the rafters of the old Fleet Bank Center in Boston listening to an unknown politician deliver a pretty extraordinary speech to the Democratic National Convention.

April 22, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Why Dirt Is Good for Kids

Get this: Prisoners spend more time enjoying the outdoors than modern children.

April 21, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Lesson My Daughter Taught Me About Teeth and Magic

This is a story about magic.

April 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Feeling the Bull: Bernie's Biggest Con

You'll get no argument from me that Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate - stonewalling the release of those Goldman Sachs chats is merely Exhibit A - but when it comes to bull-slinging and empty sloganeering, she's no match for her self-righteous rival.

April 20, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Politics Aside, Trump Seems Like a Good Dad

There is no way to avoid sounding like a Donald Trump supporter with this column.

April 20, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Treat Texting Drivers the Same as DUIs

Banning texting while driving is pretty easy for states to do. Creating a policy that actually reduces texting while driving seems especially difficult.

April 19, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Will Durst's 21st Annual Political Animal Awards

A major silver lining in this cruelest month of April is a lull between show business awards galas. The lack of gold plated statuettes being flung about mercifully allows many Americans to stand upright for the first time in months. It won't be long, however, before we once again are forced to wrap ourselves in industrial strength Saran wrap to avoid drowning in the leakage of enough weepy insincerity to fill Olympic sized swimming pools with an unending torrent of ego-splooey.

April 19, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Paul Ryan's 20-20 vision

Paul Ryan can see the future.

April 17, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Stuck in Traffic (School)

I didn't laugh when the cop pulled me over for rolling through a stop sign on a quiet residential street, and there was nothing funny about the $265 fine. But the next step, choosing a "traffic school," was a hoot.

April 17, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Now Humans Are Just Along for the Ride

I have seen humanity's future and it's cargo. Not shipping cargo, but being cargo. One cannot pick up the newspaper without discovering a new area of transportation where human control will soon be superfluous.

April 15, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Shakespeare's Death: The 400th Anniversary

To satirize, or not to satirize. That is the question.

April 15, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


'Three Generations of Imbeciles are Enough'

Where do your rights end and the rights of others begin?

April 14, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Why I Snapped at a Bernie Supporter

I'm crabby this time of year - absolutely miserable, if you want to know the truth.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Now it's the Dems that are Getting Nasty

And once again America reaches for the Tylenol after wrenching its collective back recoiling from the wacky ugliness monopolizing the presidential election primary process, but this time, it's... the Democrats.

April 13, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


You Might Be a Liberal If...

While it's true that liberalism is destroying America, it is also true that most liberals are not doing it intentionally.

April 13, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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The things we’re not allowed to compare abortion to

Here are some of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to:

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


My day at the Creation Museum

I spent Fathers Day at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. The museum is filled with many animated, life-size dinosaurs accompanied by ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No, Hillary won’t win Texas

Recently, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, claimed she wants to win Texas in the fall and thinks it is possible.

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Best and worst states for children revealed

What's it like to be a child in your state?

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Memories of a 1970s Dog

A thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vin Scully Heads for Home

On a recent weekend, Bob Costas was broadcasting the Cardinals game in St. Louis, Dick Enberg was behind the mic at the Padres game in ...

June 22, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Orlando Massacre: Love Still Wins

No matter how dark or evil the moment, love wins. It always has.

June 21, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Liberals Have the Wrong Response to Gun Violence

Pink Pistols, an LGBT self-defense organization, doesn't care what color you choose for your weapon so long as you choose one.

June 20, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Parents of Gator Victim Deserve Prayers, Not Criticism

A couple of weeks ago, I blamed the mother who let her child fall into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, because she should ...

June 20, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Worried Trump Can Beat Hillary? Don't Be.

You know that nutjob you always see on the street, speed-rapping to himself about God knows what? His verbatim dialogue probably goes something like this:

June 18, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


For Father's Day – The Apple Core and the Toilet

I don't know what I was thinking: In 1973, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet, an action I ...

June 18, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


In the basement, without their Rock

The Wizard of Oz" made Kansas synonymous with tornadoes. But it took the Topeka tornado of June 1966, to bring this Hollywood fiction to reality ...

June 18, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Despite Terrorism Ties, Obama Won't Acknowledge the Obvious

The mass murders in Orlando shouldn't be blamed on inadequate gun control laws, described as a lone wolf attack, characterized as a homegrown terrorist ...

June 16, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Long History of Militant Islam

"The ambassador answered us that...it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it ...

June 16, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Fascism: A Bipartisan Affliction

If neoconservatives and progressives truly understood fascism, they would stop using the word as a smear term. That is because both groups, along with most ...

June 15, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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