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Reflections On My Mother’s 90th Birthday

As my mother's 90th birthday arrives, I realize that in the nearly 57 years our lives have overlapped, we've never really TALKED.

April 10, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Border Wall in Urban Areas Makes Sense

It is staggering to see how the Democratic Party has flip-flopped on border security over the years.

April 08, 2017 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Is Bill O’Reilly Too Big To Fail?

Fox News, where women work at their own risk in a misogynist culture frozen somewhere in the 1950s, is back in crisis mode. Nine months after chairman and accused sexual harasser Roger Ailes was forced out, we're wondering whether accused sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly will be forced out, too.

April 08, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A final warning to tone deaf sanctuary mayors

At a March 28 White House press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired what could be his last warning shot over sanctuary city mayors' heads. Sessions' blunt message: Obey immigration laws or your dangerous cities will lose Department of Justice federal funding, have existing grants canceled, and become ineligible for future grants.

April 06, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Thoughts for the holidays

The confluence of Easter and Passover at mid-month will find many people, stressed more than usual by the state of world affairs and the chaos of domestic politics, seeking answers from their faith.

April 06, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump is breaking (the) news

Supposedly, the Chinese or the Arabs or the Scientologists or one of those ancient inscrutable cultures, has a saying that goes "May you live in interesting times." It is generally considered to be a curse. And America right now is living in the most interesting of times. It's breathtaking how thrilling and frenetic the news has gotten. Every single day. It's almost too exciting. In fact, it's starting to look like one of those pre-opening credits sequences of a science-fiction movie that takes place in the ruins of a dystopian civilization. "And Then All Hell Broke Loose."

April 05, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Rural folks living what preppers seek

Get this: More people are fleeing big cities for rural areas and some are doing so because they fear a major financial collapse is imminent.

April 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


All is well in Trumplandia

EAST PENNSBORO TWP, Pa. - President Donald Trump's approval ratings might be in the tank and his legislative agenda might be foundering on Capitol Hill, but don't try asking Dan Mosel if he has a case of buyer's remorse.

April 04, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


‘Climate Science’ isn’t science; it’s religion

The Heartland Institute's 12th International Conference on Climate Change was nothing like I expected. When joining a group described in pejorative terms as "deniers," one would expect to see furtive movements and disreputable haircuts, yet the crowd displayed good humor and a welcoming attitude.

April 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Medicare for all a bad idea

"If it saves me money and everyone has coverage, I have no problem with it."

April 03, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s Still Winning Bigly

If you were watching cable news over the weekend, you might have been tempted to think that, with the defeat-for-now of healthcare reform, President Donald Trump's presidency was seriously on the rocks.

April 01, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump boosts cable’s fortunes

During the campaign, Donald Trump famously conceded that he gets much of his information about world affairs from "the shows." Incredibly, the impact made on Trump's thinking by what he sees on television is even more profound now that he's the leader of the free world.

March 30, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Selling privacy rights wrong

Dear Editor,

March 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Sears, Kmart, malls: My New Worry List

My wife and I met on a blind date at a Bonanza restaurant in a nearby shopping mall nearly 32 years ago, so it was dismaying to drop in on the same mall on a recent Saturday afternoon. Store after store was unoccupied, customers were few and far between and a general "ghostly" ambience prevailed.

March 30, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The head of Trump University got schooled

It has been assailed as the end of democracy. Vilified as a form of slavery. Denigrated, denounced and disparaged. But like a blind, three-legged dog named "Lucky," against all odds, the Affordable Care Act has survived and remains the law of the land.

March 29, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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I guess Donald Trump Was right

At his big rallies last fall President Trump kept telling his supporters that, "We're just going to win and win so much you're ...

June 26, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Let Washington politicians defend themselves

In all the discussion of the shooting during Republican practice for the Congressional baseball game, I was struck by the fact no one thought it ...

June 26, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


An ‘extraordinary’ abuse of journalistic style

I can't stop myself from keeping a mental list of words and phrases that have been bastardized beyond repair by journalists. They range from ...

June 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


The Jones act keeps America secure

For some time now the Jones Act, a federal law requiring all cargo moved by water between two point in the United States be transported ...

June 22, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Mr. Tyree doesn’t go to Washington

June 2017 was supposed to be the month my 13-year-old son Gideon went to Washington, D.C. on a youth tour.

June 21, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Snowflakes want me to be nicer to Trump

I need to stop and thank all the nice folk who've been kind enough to take time from their busy schedules to provide this ...

June 21, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Politically correct summer camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

June 20, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump’s demeanor shouldn’t be surprising

Of all the rationales available to interpret President Donald Trump's private conversation with former FBI director James Comey, many of his defenders opted for ...

June 20, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bernie Sanders, religious bigot?

Democrats are enjoying throwing around the word impeachment.

June 19, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Siri plans to stop taking orders and start giving them

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the company is going to focus on developing self-driving car "systems" instead of the car itself. In an interview ...

June 19, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


What boob thought up this fashion trend?

"There's no need to fear ---- underboob is here!"

June 17, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Russiagate’ is obscuring everything, including gun legislation

On Wednesday morning, Washington rightly fretted over the fate of a Republican congressman and three others felled by a gunman's fire in suburban Alexandria ...

June 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Privacy protections must accompany government data access

The law may not be an ass, as Charles Dickens put it, but it often moves as slowly as one.

June 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Comey don’t play that

Millions of Americans watched transfixed as James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, and no, that's not an oxymoron ...

June 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Cosby taking the hit for men who’ve wronged women

The jury is deliberating, and all we know at this point is that no one will be happy when the verdict is returned in Bill ...

June 13, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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