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America’s Grand Ole Opry Turns 90

News that the venerable "Grand Ole Opry" radio show turns 90 on Nov. 28, starts my memories flowing.

November 20, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Are We Still a Nation of Laws?

Hypothetical situation: A father uses a stolen credit card to make a big FanDuel football bet. He's taking a risk because he wants to have the best Feliz Navidad ever for his family. But to his shock and dismay he finds out there's a big difference between futbol and football and his entire "investment" is wiped out.

November 20, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Critical Thinking Needed

I'm often out of touch with our rapidly changing culture norms.

November 19, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Anchor Baby Battle

Prepare for earth-shattering news - immigration has become a key issue in the race for the Republican nomination. Yes. Again. It's what folks in the garden industry call a perennial. Or rather, biennial, as it happens like clockwork every year ending in an even number. It's as predictable as fruit flies in the dumpster behind a produce store on garbage day.

November 19, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Now It's Liberals Pushing the 'War on Christmas'

I spent a good part of one afternoon last week making a parody of the whole "Little Red Cup" controversy. The most recent iteration of our annual "War on Christmas" outrage involved Starbucks and their holiday cups. Usually in the lead up to Thanksgiving, the company issued its festive cups adorned with wreaths and whatever else reminded you of the totally nonessential yet delightful parts of Christmas. There was no nativity motif, nothing religious. It was the secular part that makes you warm and fuzzy and coaxes you to pay exorbitant sums for, let's face it, not so good ...

November 18, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Paris and What Should Be Done

The horrific attacks in Paris on Friday have, predictably, led to much over-reaction and demands that we do more of the exact things that radicalize people and make them want to attack us.

November 18, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Poverty From a Different Point of View

Today, more Americans than ever receive some sort of government assistance, much of which can genuinely be described as "handouts." Welfare-to-work standards, a bipartisan gem from the Clinton Era, have been relaxed. Ostensibly unemployed individuals now receive benefits for years on end.

November 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Starbucks Cups and the Internet Idiocracy

Isn't it nice to know that even in a time of international crisis - ISIS, Syria, Putin - some Americans still make time to freak out over trivia? There's something endearingly childlike (or pathetic) about our willful refusal to put things in perspective.

November 17, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


No school on parade day? What kids really learned that day

Everyone is still talking about the Royals parade. It seems the only people complaining are those upset that school was canceled. Hordes of school districts gave everyone the day off. One letter to the editor last week expressed it this way: "With all the pressure on teachers and students to perform better, did they really need a day off for no real reason? I don't think that sends the right message."

November 15, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Politicians Peddle Fear Because it Works

Politicians and activists throughout the ideological spectrum use fear tactics to win.

November 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


A Good Republican Slugfest

A funny thing happened at the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night.

November 15, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


In The Market To Rent A Mom?

"Rent-a-Mom The Real Deal For Adults Needing Mother," blared a recent ABC News story.

November 13, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Does the Bell Toll for the Fed?

Last week Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted that the Federal Reserve Board will increase interest rates at the board's December meeting. The positive jobs report that was released following Yellen's remarks caused many observers to say that the Federal Reserve's first interest rate increase in almost a decade is practically inevitable.

November 13, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Veterans Day By the Numbers

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

November 12, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Cruel Apprentice Where the Boss Is Fired

It seems Jobs "Rn't" Theirs at Toys "R" Us.

November 12, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Be thankful if you don’t take a drumstick to the noggin

"Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday of the year. Now I can't wait for it to be over."

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A classier class war

Just when you thought America had fallen down the rabbit hole entering an undiscovered country with no recognizable features and a strange distorted landscape, whom ...

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Family writings provide perspective on being thankful

Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful:

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Give thanks to the One most worthy

I heard a sermon on the radio a while back that impressed me. The minister was saying that God does not get chills down his ...

November 20, 2017 | By Judi Tabler | Columnists


Not Sen. Moore and not Weird Al

Hello, Senator Franken.

November 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


For Hillary Clinton, dreams die hard

Nothing, it seems, energizes Bill and Hillary Clinton's dedicated band of camp followers faster or with greater intensity than suggestions that responsibility for her ...

November 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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


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