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Paul Ryan Needs to Go

Republicans across the fruited plains are hopping mad at Paul Ryan.

December 27, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Do You See What I See?

What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?

December 24, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Merriment, Generosity Define Christmas

"I don't know why so many people get so bent out of shape at this time every year. I thought we were supposed to be merry."

December 24, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


‘The Candidates’ Holiday Traditions

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And a large part of what makes it so goldarn fabulous is the festive array of idiosyncratic traditions each family imprints on their holiday gene map like a candy cane tattoo on the soft flesh behind your knee.

December 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Do We Need the Fed?

Stocks rose Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's announcement of the first interest rate increase since 2006. However, stocks fell just two days later. One reason the positive reaction to the Fed's announcement did not last long is that the Fed seems to lack confidence in the economy and is unsure what policies it should adopt in the future.

December 23, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Let's Not Forget About Iran

Deep behind the headlines of recent political theater is the very real rattle of Iran's ballistic sabre.

December 22, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Watching the Tuesday Night Fights

Maybe it was because it was held in Las Vegas, where so many great prizefights have been held.

December 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Fright-Wingers Compete to Freak Us Out

I would've preferred to watch "Fargo," a pitch-black comedy about bloodlusting knuckleheads, but instead I dutifully tuned in the Republicans, and I got the same kind of characters.

December 20, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Be Good for Goodness’ Sake?

God bless them, Atheists are at it again.

December 20, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Who is having the best Christmas? Bernie! (the dog, not the politician)

Kids who still believe in Santa Claus have the best Christmas experience. That seems an appropriate reward for toddlers who think that a bearded old man who likes to hang out alone at shopping malls is cool. Then throw in that he knows when you are sleeping, knows when you're awake, and then enters your house in the middle of the night by way of your chimney. Any child these days who can suspend that kind of reality deserves a great Christmas. And any man who actually attempted such a thing would be delivering presents at Leavenworth and sharing ...

December 20, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Soft Landing for a Politician Is on Top of Taxpayers

There's a technique in politics I call the "Soft Landing Straddle" that politicians love because it helps them avoid unpleasant election consequences. This year in Virginia we have an example of the straddle, but first let me explain how it works and the negative effect it has on you.

December 18, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Our Polling Addiction

No pollster would dare ask, "Are you in favor of more political polls?" Or, "Should news media spend more time covering polls?"

December 17, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Why Trump's Success Makes Sense

Donald Trump has not been deterred, much to the chagrin of his bipartisan troupe of naysayers. The Donald's blunt stance on Muslim immigration has only won him popularity among the Republican rank-and-file, not to mention independents and moderate Democrats.

December 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


'Might Makes Right' is Wrong

Bullies love fear. And once they sniff its smoke, the real pros know how to fuel and exploit it. They are always claiming to represent the greater good, when what they really specialize in is looking out for #1 while flinging loads of #2 at the rest of us. Consequently, the people most susceptible to their reviled reveille are the weak, the ignorant, the powerless, other bullies and folks with neck tattoos.

December 16, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty

Judging by his prime-time speech last week, the final year of Barack Obama's presidency will be marked by increased militarism abroad and authoritarianism at home. The centerpiece of the president's speech was his demand for a new law forbidding anyone on the federal government's terrorist watch list from purchasing a firearm. There has never been a mass shooter who was on the terrorist watch list, so this proposal will not increase security. However, it will decrease liberty.

December 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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The NHL turns 100: What lies ahead?

Let's start with a disclaimer, just so I'm not skating on thin ice.

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A prayer for peace that calls us to act

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Howard Henry's no preacher.

November 17, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Congress obsesses over amnesty

One year ago, 63 million Americans elected Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States. Energized by candidate Trump's pledge to ...

November 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


UCLA players: Off the court and into the courtroom

The behavior of UCLA Bruins basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, who were arrested in China last week and charged with shoplifting ...

November 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Important caveat for dems after election night wins

Heading into Tuesday night's gubernatorial election in Virginia, national Democrats badly needed a win. After dropping some serious coin in special elections in Georgia ...

November 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump goes belly up in China

Donald Trump has dumped all his macho stump rhetoric about China and morphed into a wimp. Since he probably never believed what he spouted in ...

November 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Some of the Devil’s best work

The devil sat drunk and giddy in a bar, boasting about his recent "accomplishments."

November 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


On climate, the United States now stands alone

In Bonn, Germany, representatives of countries around the world have gathered for the annual UN Climate Change Conference. The mood might be a little different ...

November 13, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Should day baseball return to the World Series?

Baseball scribes proclaimed the 2017 World Series as one for the ages. You can't prove it by me, an Eastern Time Zone fan unable ...

November 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Veterans Day by the numbers

"I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces."

November 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Thanksgiving: have you already missed it???

As far as Thanksgiving songs are concerned, "Over the River and Through the Woods" may soon be replaced by rock group Chicago's "Does Anybody ...

November 11, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Always searching, sometimes finding

There are those times when something tells you that instead of turning that way, it might be better to turn this way. Have you ever ...

November 09, 2017 | By the Rev. George O. Martin | Columnists


If we can’t discuss issues, how can we solve them?

"I'm afraid to discuss politics and current events with anyone except my wife and best friends, and it's regrettable that millions of Americans ...

November 09, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Another mass shooting, more ‘thoughts and prayers’

"Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now," U.S. House Speaker Paul J. Ryan, R-Wisc., tweeted ...

November 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Emperor has no clothes

Someone needs to cloak Mr. Trump in a copy of the Constitution. The Emperor clearly needs new clothes.

November 08, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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