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Despite emojies, writing really hasn’t changed

I stumbled upon a few Facebook postings from some of my fellow Ellinwood High School classmates noting that our 35th class reunion was coming up in July. That gathering is fodder for another day, but the idea that I've been out of high school for three and a half decades brought to mind that I have also been affiliated in some for or another with journalism for that same time span.

June 01, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Democrats have an obscene new mantra

Has anyone noticed the moral and organizational collapse of the Democratic Party?

May 31, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


1967’s ‘Summer of Love’: Did it earn the title?

I've always chafed at the term "love child" being reserved for the product of an illicit affair, thus implying that children born into a stable, committed home are merely property or tax deductions.

May 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


American tourist dollars are feeding Castro’s human zoo

Expedia is now booking hotels in Cuba.

May 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Raging Moderate

Donald John Trump is keeping people busy. He's got staffers, lawyers, streaming news alert editors, impeachment historians, ethics investigators, hair spray manufacturers, Putin watchers and real-estate interpreters, who all frantically flapping and squawking like a flock of seagulls outside a sardine plant at low tide.

May 29, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


A rare, refreshing, positive column about Trump!

A promise to my readers: the following column will not include an analysis of the doomsday scenario surrounding President Trump's firing of James Comey, special prosecutor Robert Mueller's appointment to investigate the administration's alleged ties to Russia, the Michael Flynn case or the farfetched suggestion that the president is on the verge of impeachment. Go to the mainstream media to read more of those overwrought, dramatically blown-out-of-proportion stories.

May 29, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Advice to grads

This year I have again not been asked to deliver any commencement addresses. Nevertheless, as in the past, I will use this space to share my wisdom with the latest crop of graduates.

May 27, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Face it, Trump voters. You got played

While he was off bowing to the Saudis, contemplating the Western Wall and visiting other foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump's White House dropped a doozy of a budget proposal that will hit - surprise, surprise - its own voters the hardest.

May 27, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump should keep his promise to cancel Obama Climate Deal

One of the central themes of President Donald Trump's campaign was the need to extricate the United States from international agreements that hurt American jobs and unfairly disadvantage American companies versus foreign competitors. Another major theme was the promise to reverse Obama's regulatory power grabs that dramatically expanded government control over our lives without the approval of Congress.

May 25, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


For some, immigration is a second chance at life

She was a virgin when he raped her, impregnated her, and then beat her. She miscarried. A devout Catholic, she mourned her own pain less than that lost life. No amount of comfort from the priest made her tears stop flowing, but she resolved that it wouldn't happen again. She went to the police, and they shrugged their shoulders, because they couldn't fight back against the 18th Street Gang. Some of them were probably secret members of that brotherhood of criminality.

May 25, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Missing the old neighbors

Two of my family's old neighbors passed away a few weeks ago, and it makes me sad.

May 24, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The media’s war on Trump

Which is worse, President Trump allegedly sharing a piece of classified intel with the Russian ambassador or insider bureaucrats leaking classified information to journalists, all hell-bent on unseating a president they just don't like?

May 23, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Now I know why they pack sardines in oil

American Airlines, which gave us the first frequent flyer program, has been a travel innovator for years. Then - after collecting miles became popular and American's customers invested considerable time and money building up their mileage account - American introduced the first devalued frequent flyer program with higher minimums for free travel!

May 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Yet another impeachable offense

Forgive my frequent references to Richard Nixon. It's just eerie how his impeachable behavior is being replicated by the current con man. As Yogi Berra reputedly said, "It's like dejevu all over again."

May 22, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Fees, fines and fairness

Which best describes your view of America? Everyone pays an equal share? Or, everyone pays his fair share?

May 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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CEOs to Trump: You’re bad for business

It's not often - actually, it's never happened before - that a Republican president gets dissed and dumped by corporate titans like Dow, Merck, Campbell ...

August 19, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Hey, computers, I’ll be back

I read an article the other day about jobs most likely to be replaced by robots and computers in the future. Oddly enough, near the ...

August 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


You can’t be an American and fly the Confederate Flag

OUTSIDE WINCHESTER, Va. -- We were driving up Interstate 81 last Sunday afternoon, the radio on, the sun setting into the hills, when we passed a ...

August 17, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Thermonuclear chicken

Time to dig a bomb shelter. Stockpile some Kool- Aid. Nibble some Tootsie Rolls while catching a double feature at the drive-in. Pull out your ...

August 17, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Money and the pursuit of happiness

Money does make us happy, so long as we spend it right.

August 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Colonial Williamsburg more important than ever

It's a rainy and humid afternoon in mid-August and General George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, and I are talking about what a ...

August 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Still waiting for Trump to tweet about mosque bombing

An improvised explosive device was thrown through the window of a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, while Muslim-Americans worshipped in the building. The attack occurred on ...

August 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The follies of appeasement

Haven't we learned yet that appeasement doesn't work?

August 15, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


GOP Leaders should welcome move to end Obamacare bailout

As the Trump administration moves closer to instructing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to eliminate the Obama-era rule that bailed Congress out of paying ...

August 14, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The total solar eclipse: One Curmudgeon’s opinion

Have you purchased your $500 bottle of Solar Red Wine?

August 14, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Americans are proud to be getting dumber

A North Carolina man walks into a popular Washington D.C. pizzeria and opens fire, telling police upon his inevitable arrest that he came to ...

August 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Living to 125 too much of a good thing?

"A 125-year life expectancy for human beings? I have zero desire to stick around that long."

August 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Tips to get ready for back-to-school

Move over, summer – a new school year is coming! With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring – and so do ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


O, Canada! If only liberals knew all the facts

Canada is often touted in the United States as the panacea of health care, leadership, love, peace and thick bacon.

August 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


OK, it’s not the Ritz, but it is home

I escaped this past weekend.

August 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


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