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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


Champions for Life

Donor support from the "Hometown Team" made fielding champions more than a possibility. A string of Kansas State American Legions titles and regional appearances would springboard the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps onto the national stage. Taking the field with the nation's best quickly advanced the understanding that the youth from a rural community in Central Kansas could compete with - and conquer – champions from every corner.

June 28, 2015 | | Columnists


California’s Water Woes Hit Home

Pundits sizing up the drought have said that water is the new oil. They're wrong, of course. Oil supplies merely send nations to war, while the water shortage pits neighbors against each other.

June 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Time for the South to Surrender

Reasonable people have suggested that removing Confederate flags from capitols, symbols from license plates, and products from Walmart shelves is mere symbolism, but it's more than that. By recognizing that flying the Confederate flag is a continuation of a treasonous act motivated by racial hatred, we can end what amounts to a 150-year-long Civil War re-enactment and move the South into what Abraham Lincoln called its "proper practical relation" to the rest of the county.

June 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Whatever Happened to Common Sense Regarding Climate Change?

Fear mongering is quite lucrative in what seems to be a burgeoning "climate change industrial complex," where certain people benefit monetarily or politically in their promotion of global catastrophic risk due to catastrophic global warming.

June 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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Limiting population growth key to a healthy future

Limiting population growth key to a healthy future

April 24, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Flying the unfriendly skies

The airline industry is so competitive that upon learning United Airlines dragged a paying passenger off a flight so their employees could enjoy a free ...

April 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Advice for President Trump

Dear Mr. President.

April 22, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump’s Endless Campaign

"No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it," observed George Orwell in his prescient novel "1984." However, until Donald Trump came along ...

April 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump’s broken promise could break another promise

Smoke has been billowing skyward from the Trumpster fire for nearly 100 days - I know, it feels more like 100 weeks - and his refusal to ...

April 20, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Have you talked to your children about marijuana?

Although I got vicarious pleasure from the American Dope Growers Union spoof on "Saturday Night Live" in 1977, my curiosity has never led me to ...

April 20, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The net neutrality noise machine

For over a decade, professional liberal organizers and agitators - backed by a tidal wave of big liberal foundations and Silicon Valley corporate money - have told ...

April 19, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


20 years after his death, a few thoughts about Mike Royko

It was 20 years ago this month that I - along with everyone else in Chicago - woke up to the news that Mike Royko was gone.

April 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump trashes sustainability twice in two weeks

I knew when Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States that he might prove a long-awaited savior to those disillusioned, abandoned Americans ...

April 18, 2017 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists


Don’t go green with this housing industry product

From using reusable shopping bags to driving hybrid cars, consumers have been persuaded they can do their part to protect the environment by changing their ...

April 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


A Subject the Media Should Cover

Sometime this month I hope our rabid anti-Trump media find a little time to cover a subject that has been very important to me since ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


United Package Tours Now Include Hospitalization!

I'm old enough to remember when the United Airlines slogan was: "Fly the Friendly Skies of United." Now, according to Twitter wag GoodJuJu, the ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump’s immigration grade: ‘A’ and ‘F’

President Donald Trump's campaign promises to re-create immigration into a vehicle that helps, rather than hurts Americans, catapulted him into the White House. More ...

April 15, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Trump shouldn’t overlook violence against Christians

It was most serene of all scenes: A choir singing hymns on a Palm Sunday morning. It could have been any church, anywhere in the ...

April 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


A covey of political caucuses

During the Trump Care Meltdown, when the same Republicans that chanted "Repeal & Replace" for seven years folded like a broken down lawn chair in a ...

April 13, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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