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History, hardship and life's lessons

"Do your kids a favor, don't make their lives easy" was an expression coined in the early '90s, directed toward parents who had the misguided notion that the best pathway to adulthood was one devoid of disappointment. In fact, of course, hardship, failure, and disappointment can be life's best teacher. Every adult who was raised in the 1930s knew adversity. Most males came to appreciate the value of boot camp, and a drill sergeant whose mission in life was to make them miserable. And, along the way, our youth became mature, responsible and accountable. Children born in the ...

July 05, 2014 | By MATT KEENAN | Columnists


Babe Ruth’s MLB Centennial

Where were you on April 8, 1974?

July 04, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Let the fireworks begin

Happy Fourth of July, everybody, and God bless America.

July 04, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Just what are the rules in soccer?

HOLLYWOOD - Happy Thursday, everybody, and God bless America.

July 03, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Shattering the American Dream

It's not up for debate that our country is losing ground on the world stage - at least as far as economic and military power are concerned. But what is debatable is how we should react.

July 03, 2014 | Joe Cotto | Columnists


Fourth of July Fast Facts

"I'm confused. I thought July 4 was the day our country declared independence from King George III of Great Britain."

July 02, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Buffer Zones for Hypocrite Justices

If only the women at abortion clinics could get the same deal that the high court justices have arranged for themselves.

July 02, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Mainstreaming Radicalism

It is getting harder to tell the right-wing nut jobs who shoot law enforcement officers from the right-wing politicians running for president. America has always had its share of John Birchers hoarding guns for a coming revolution. What's new is that the GOP has mainstreamed radicalism and turned violently anti-government rhetoric into Republican Party doctrine.

July 01, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


The Washington Treaty Breakers

You don't hear much about the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. And that, my friends, is a good thing. Usually this federal office is as controversial as parsley wrapped celery. On a 1-10 scale of boring, patent law has to rate about a 3,000. That's normally. But today this obscure agency has thrown football fans into raging fits. Real football. Where guys in helmets use their hands to throw or carry some spheroid object. Not faux football, where athletes direct a round ball with their feet.

July 01, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


1964 Civil Rights Act Declared All Americans Equal in the Eyes of the Law

President John Kennedy did not know when he delivered his historic civil rights address on June 11, 1963, that he would not live to see what he had done. He well knew, though, that while America was facing a legal and moral crisis he needed to strike a steady tone and to point the way toward higher ground.

June 29, 2014 | U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom | Columnists


The Obamification of America

Who's that gray-haired old guy in the Oval Office?

June 29, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Eddie & the Fourth of July

An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!"

June 27, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Family Friendly Workplaces: Careful What You Wish For

A few years ago, my wife and I changed propane companies solely because the friendly receptionist had been fired for taking an extended medical leave.

June 27, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Real 2016 Battle is Between Dick and Rand

It's not exactly the Ali-Frazier "Thrilla in Manilla," but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch.

June 26, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The Jailbird Architect of Obama’s Global Warming Plan

When President Obama announced an unprecedented effort by the EPA to strong-arm states into adopting cap-and-trade, he made the announcement not by focusing on the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but rather on the so-called co-benefits that closing coal plants will have on particulate matter, which is already tightly regulated. These purported co-benefits are based on two secret studies that have never been publicly validated. Amazingly, the architect of this co-benefits strategy is a long-time EPA staffer named John Beale, now known as federal inmate number 33005-016 and locked up for fraud at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution.

June 26, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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Can Hillary Convince Voters She's the Optimistic Candidate?

After four days of doom and gloom in Donald Trump's America, Democrats have a deceptively simple task to accomplish with their convention this week:

July 26, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


How the Trivial & Entertaining Mask Real Issues

"Can you believe Melania Trump used some of the same words in her Republican convention speech that First Lady Michelle Obama used in one of ...

July 26, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can't Elect a Liar in Chief

The stunt Ted Cruz pulled at the GOP convention in Cleveland Wednesday night may someday become known as his "Mistake on the Lake."

July 25, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Vacation 2016: The Tyrees Do Dollywood

When my wife, son Gideon (age 12) and I made our latest pilgrimage to the Dollywood theme park earlier this month, it reminded me of ...

July 25, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Six Factors that Gave Us Trump

With Donald Trump basking in the GOP convention's glow, tortured analysis persists among those seeking to explain how he ever got this far.

July 23, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Reluctant Embrace of Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) wanted to talk about a bunch of stuff during his primetime address at the Republican National Convention.

July 23, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Don't Reform the Fed, Fed-Exit!

Opponents of a central bank should take advantage of the post-Brexit vote revival of secessionist sentiments to promote a secession from central banking, or "Fed-exit ...

July 21, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Coast-to-Coast, Thousands Line Up for Jobs

Between today and November, political incumbents and their challengers will make a lot of promises to disgruntled voters. One of the most often repeated will ...

July 21, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Late-Night Comedians on Trump & Clinton

This presidential campaign is the nuttiest in my lifetime but at least America is maintaining its sense of humor.

July 20, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What I Brought With Me to the Republican National Convention

The national political conventions are a lot like professional wrestling. Sure, we know what's going to happen, but every four years, it's fun ...

July 20, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


In Wake of Baton Rouge, Like Lives, All Words Matter

When we sow the wind, we should not be surprised when we reap a whirlwind.

July 19, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Opinion! Read All About It!

For as long as there have been printed newspapers there has been drama on page one in the form of NEWS! Only lately, as print ...

July 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Paul Ryan Reflects Real Republican Values

I watched Paul Ryan's town hall on CNN this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight crush ...

July 18, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Rest In Peace, King of the Hobby Magazines

I don't make a hobby out of collecting obituaries, but sometimes I stumble across one that particularly moves me.

July 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


It's Not the Gun's Fault

It happened after Sandy Hook.

July 16, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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