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Dead Solid Summer

Every year, it's with a gleeful relief we embrace Independence Day, which marks the beginning of dead solid summer. The Fourth of July is a red white and blue arrow to the bulls-eye of patriotism when we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our country by packing together in crowds, drinking a lot of beer and blowing stuff up real good.

July 09, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Legit Precedent for Gay Marriage

I did a lot of soul searching last week, trying to figure out why the legalization of same sex marriage has administered such an emotional sucker punch to my solar plexus. Some would say it's because I'm a bigot, and a bigot is never ready for the sea change that annihilates her bigoted world view. Others, including my caring and cautionary friends, have said that they understand how difficult it must be to see my concept of constitutional integrity ignored and displaced by that branch of government that represents the pinnacle of my profession, my secular Vatican, as ...

July 08, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Republicans Are at Odds with Corporate America

The Republican brand is that they're on the side of business. "Corporations are people, my friends," uttered doomed 2012 presidential candidate, CEO-turned-Massachusetts-Governor Mitt Romney. At the time I assumed what he actually meant was, "Corporations are my friends, people."

July 08, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


The Confederate Flag Flap

You can tell it's presidential election season.

July 07, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Powder Room Police

My father grew up in rural Texas during the 1930s. He childhood featured dirt roads, a hand-crank telephone and outhouses. Most, if not all, of the bathrooms the Shannons constructed were what is termed a "one-holer."

July 07, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Rebel Flag the Ultimate Dog Whistle

Since its reintroduction on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Confederate flag has been the source of controversy with a regularity approaching that of a Madonna comeback album. Sadly, it has been thrust into the news once more because some kid who loved it went crazy and committed an atrocity. A racially charged atrocity. Yes. Again.

July 05, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Political Correctness and the Confederate Flag

More and more people want the Confederate flag gone immediately. Before getting too hasty, though, some things must be considered.

July 05, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


I salute America

I salute...the editor of a colonial newspaper who shut down his paper rather than pay the Stamp Act tax of 1765; his last edition proclaimed liberty as "the greatest blessing human beings can enjoy"and taxation without representation as being "fettered with the chains of inimical servitude."

July 03, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


Independence Day's Importance

"Beer, family gatherings and fireworks! Gosh, I love the Fourth of July!"

July 03, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Whining is For Duffers, Not Pros

Sometimes you just have to get away from politics, if even for half a weekend.

July 02, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Obamacare Ruling is a Conservative Win

The dream of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has now been realized. Their solution-their idea for universal health care has been passed by both houses, signed by the president and upheld twice now by the Supreme Court. Yes, they call it Obamacare. Yes, they strangely call it socialism. But yes, it was their idea.

July 02, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Salon's 'Big Lie' About Guns and Mental Illness

I'm strongly in favor of keeping the mentally ill away from firearms and I'm coming around to approving any policy that keeps crazy 'journalists' away from a keyboard, too. Case in point is Salon.com writer Arthur Chu. His rant titled "It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males" makes Alex Jones sound like Dr. Phil.

July 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Why Spy on France?

According to WikiLeaks, the United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, reports Reuters. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn why.

July 01, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Personality Tests: Jobseekers Beware!

"There's no such thing as a stupid question - but we're doing our best."

June 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Ray of Hope in the Confederacy of Dunces

In the annals of political flip flops - or "evolutions," if you prefer - none have arguably rivaled the breathtaking triple back flip executed late Monday by the governor of South Carolina.

June 30, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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President Trump installs loyal hall monitors

There's this disturbing scene early on in the 1990 Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October."

March 25, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Happy 75th birthday to Capitol Records!

In the peak years of my scouring yard sales and junk shops for second-hand, dollar-bin vinyl record albums, I didn't really focus on company ...

March 25, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump's Team Masks the Issues

The word of the day for Republicans is "unmask."

March 23, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


You're Allowed to Feel Bad for Sean Spicer

It's difficult to not sympathize with presidential press secretary Sean Spicer.

March 23, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Trump’s March Madness continues

The entire nation is transfixed like a litter of kittens in front of a fishbowl of hyperactive minnows as the screwy shenanigans known as March ...

March 22, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


What about Hillary’s Russia connections?

Wait. Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak also met with members of Hillary's campaign?

March 21, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Protect American interests by getting tough on China

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised the American people over and over that if elected, he was going to be the one who ...

March 21, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Make the Democrats Own Obamacare

At my age I'm pretty sure I don't need maternity care.

March 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Climate Change Doesn't Affect NWS Forecasts

How long would firemen remain the nation's genial mascot if they forced you to move into a hotel for a few days because you ...

March 20, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Hypocrisy when it comes to the Bidens and religion

If you are human, then at some point in your life you will suffer through a moment of hypocrisy. In fact, you'll probably have ...

March 18, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Trumpcare: Helping the rich, stiffing the poor

It's taken seven years, but Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration are finally having their "If you like your health-care plan you can keep ...

March 18, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump is the Picasso of Hogwash

The English language has a healthy share of euphemisms for lying. Fabrication. Falsification. Making stuff up. Inoperative statements. Alternative facts. Big fat fibs. Untruths. Puffery ...

March 16, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Needed this St. Patrick’s Day — Ronald Reagan

It was on St. Patrick's Day 1988 when an unexpected visitor arrived at Pat Troy's Irish pub in Alexandria, Va. - President Ronald Reagan ...

March 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Don’t be so quick to laugh at Trump’s wiretap claims

Trump said, "wiretap."

March 15, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


We can use a little Irish humor now

Thank goodness St. Patrick's Day is upon us. Our country is in need of some Irish humor about now.

March 15, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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