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The Best, Worst and Most of 2012

Here's my annual list looking at 2012:

December 28, 2012 | Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman | Columnists


The cliff is fast approaching

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 27, 2012 | | Columnists


Hair Today

Sure, Paul McCartney can still sing at age 70, but have you taken a good look at his hair? During the concert to benefit victims of Sandy, and a few nights later on "Saturday Night Live," McCartney's locks were positively mesmerizing.

December 27, 2012 | Peter Funt | Columnists


If Ever We Needed Christ in Christmas, It Is Now

This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so desperately need to hear at this moment in time.

December 26, 2012 | By Doug Patton | Columnists


Gun Control Won’t Prevent Tragedy

It's not tougher gun control, stupid.

December 26, 2012 | | Columnists


Guns, Guns and Guns

It's only human nature to want to take action after such a harrowing traumatic event. To do something. Anything, to protect our kids. And make sure that Newtown never ever happens again. Here. There. Anywhere.

December 26, 2012 | Raging Moderate, by Will Durst | Columnists


Merry Mayan apocalypse day

HOLLYWOOD - Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America.

December 26, 2012 | | Columnists


Are Shooting Victims Collateral Damage Sacrifices to the Gun Worship God?

Journalists often exaggerate by using the phrase "shattered lives."

December 23, 2012 | | Columnists


Time for a new calendar

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 21, 2012 | | Columnists


How to Support the Troops over the Holidays

Ah, the holiday season is upon us. What better time to show our support for our men and women in uniform?

December 20, 2012 | | Columnists


Time to carve the roast beast

We here at the Tribune have observed what has been dubbed "Christmas Spirit Week" this week. There have been days dedicated to wearing Christmas attire, Christmas bling and Christmas colors. Of course, all week, the table in the break room has loaded with Christmas cookies and assorted Christmas snacks.

December 19, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Making the Rich Flee

Sheesh! Successful people in France are getting a lot of grief lately.

December 19, 2012 | By Tom Purcell | Columnists


Will Connecticut Shooting Offer a Chance For A New Start

Last week can lose my number, stop telling people we dated in college and untag the pictures of us together on Facebook.

December 19, 2012 | | Columnists


“Group of Eight” Plots to Undermine Americans on Immigration

Here we go again. When the 113th Congress convenes in January, legislators are determined to waste valuable time and energy in yet another futile effort to pass what they refer to as comprehensive immigration reform. Most Americans call it amnesty.

December 18, 2012 | By Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Right-to-Work in Michigan: 24 down, 26 to go

Back in the late 1970s, when the now-legendary Lee Iacocca took the reins at Chrysler, he was reputed to have told the union bosses, "Look, boys, I've got a shotgun to your head. I've got thousands of jobs at seventeen bucks an hour. I've got no jobs at twenty."

December 18, 2012 | By Doug Patton | Columnists


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Altruism No Substitute for Helping Yourself

We like to be kind to other people.

March 01, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump's in the Clown Car

Well, the joke's on us. Remember during the recent "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special when Sarah Palin conducted a faux Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld? It went like this:

March 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Justice Selection

Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many "things Texan." For example, they acclaim Governor Rick Perry's conservative leadership and praise Texas' lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas' system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

February 27, 2015 | Lawton Nuss | Columnists


Snow's Silver Lining

I admit it: I love the snow and the cold.

February 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Big Government and Fat Taxes

How much should the government fine people whose children are deemed by (some) well-meaning bureaucrats as "obese?"

February 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Interventionism Kills: Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by U.S. and European governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.

February 26, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Time for a Real Conversation About War

My oldest son is handsome, smart, and, in the words of my old boss Ann Richards, very nearly perfect. I love him boundlessly, so it hurts me to know that his homeland has been at war for every single day of his life except for a few months in 2001 when he couldn't yet crawl. Now he's shaving, and for the first time in his life he might get to witness a real discussion about going to war.

February 25, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Up Is Down

I'd advise you to sit down, pour yourself a beer and take a deep breath. You're about to hear something that will change your life. Forever. Are you relaxed?

February 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Are You Dying To Write Your Own Obituary?

Are you an unsung hero? Do those you encounter not appreciate the "real" you? Must you always having the last word?

February 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Jeb Lugs Dubya's Weighty Baggage

Jeb Bush insists he's not his brother's keeper, but, alas, he's stuck being his brother's baggage schlepper.

February 24, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Obama's Plan to Regulate the Internet Risks Content Control

Proponents of President Obama's 332-page plan to regulate the Internet insist they oppose content control. They even style themselves defenders of free speech. But there is a very serious risk that changing the Internet from an unregulated free enterprise into a heavily-regulated public utility will lead over time to content control.

February 22, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest

Where does the Obama Administration find these people?

February 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Congress Playing Chicken on DHS Funding Bill

For President Obama and the unlawful immigrants he is determined to reward with work permits, social security numbers, and welfare benefits, last week was triumphant. As the congressional February 27 deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security draws closer, insiders learn with each passing day that Obama's executive action is much more expansive than originally presented.

February 20, 2015 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


How Many More Wars?

Last week President Obama sent Congress legislation to authorize him to use force against ISIS "and associated persons and forces" anywhere in the world for the next three years. This is a blank check for the president to start as many new wars as he wishes, and it appears Congress will go along with this dangerous and costly scheme.

February 20, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Awaiting Our Next George Washington

"Boy, here's something we could use more of today: unity among the American people. Americans are so divided."

February 19, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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