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Obamacare and Work Ethic

I was thinking of not doing a column this week.

February 16, 2014 | Nick Grubbe | Columnists


Fighting Back Against the NSA

While many Americans shake their heads at the feckless backsliding of our current congressional Republican leadership, legislators in a handful of states across this nation are bravely taking a stand against the National Security Agency, a behemoth of unconstitutional breaches of privacy currently recording and logging every one of your calls, emails, text messages and online chats without warrants.

February 16, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


CrossFit: Working Out An Understanding

Flipping through a recent issue of "Time" magazine, I discovered a wildly popular phenomenon that has somehow existed under my radar: CrossFit and similar extreme workout programs.

February 14, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Discouraging Work

Get this: The government is incentivizing people to not work.

February 14, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Subway: Eat Fresh Plastic

No matter who you are or where you live or what you drive or whether you thought "The English Patient" or "Anchorman 2" the funnier movie, it is time to take a stand on plastic bread. Here's a hint: most of us are against it. Formaldehyde rinsed coffee beans? Not big fans. Flame retardants in our cupcakes? That's a big old negativo, Breaker One. And pink slime should be featured in horror films, not meat.

February 13, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


For Valentine’s Day - a Return to Romance

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcell

February 13, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sochi Hotel Horror Stories

We thought the big controversies in the Sochi Winter Olympics would be toothpaste terrorism or government-sanctioned homophobia. Then the press tried to check into their hotels and discovered a comical array of foibles that will do nothing to boost the Russian tourism industry. But what shocks the traveling press corps-lost hotel reservations, uncovered manholes, unsafe tap water-is nothing new to those of us who have lived in Russia.

February 12, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Inequality Hurting Upward Mobility? Not So Much.

"Income Inequality" is the current marketing slogan for rallying voters to the Democratic Party. It just isn't "fair" that some people make millions of dollars a year "doing nothing" while millions of people work hard and struggle every day to put food on the table and afford HBO.

February 12, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Looking at the Law

In one courtroom were poorly prepared attorneys, shackled defendants and assembly-line justice. In another, things were all spit and polish: "yes, sir" and "thank you, ma'am."

February 11, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Where No One Locks The Door

Note: A version of this column was originally published shortly after 9/11. Since then, from time to time, it has seemed appropriate to submit it again as a way of expressing the frustration of a populace whose leaders simply will not listen to their will. I offer it again in that spirit.

February 11, 2014 | Doug Patton | Columnists


Monsters Hiding in Plain Sight

In the darkest recesses of our minds we have always known that monsters exist. It is only when we are involuntarily thrust into an unfolding human tragedy that shocks our senses and devastates our hearts that we truly acknowledge their presence.

February 09, 2014 | Michael Reagan and Jerome Elam | Columnists


Stress, Thy Name Is Valentine’s Day

At the risk of being branded a Valentine Grinch, I must take issue with opinions expressed recently in the Winnipeg Sun.

February 09, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Justin Bieber: How He Got Here and Why He Should Be Sent Home

Canadian-born, teen heart throb Justin Bieber's criminal misbehavior may indirectly hurt Congress' push for comprehensive immigration reform. All systems for the White House's coveted blanket amnesty are "go." President Obama just touted his version of reform during his Tuesday State of the Union address. House Majority leader John Boehner released what he calls his "immigration principles." Given those two major immigration developments, now could be a bad time for a foreign-born visa holder to be in the headlines because of his embarrassing illegal antics. Because of Bieber's high visibility, journalists reporting on his story-seemingly everyone in the ...

February 07, 2014 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Chris Christie’s Branding Implosion

When the Hindenburg flew over Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey on May 6, 1937, as it burst into flames, causing 35 fatalities, WLS radio's Herbert Morrison's eyewitness account became one that would be remembered for the ages: "Oh, the humanity!"

February 07, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Why Americans Want Smaller, Cozier Houses

Get this: Americans are getting sick of McMansions.

February 06, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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13 Years Later, Reassessing 'Mission Accomplished'

Almost thirteen years ago, George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and made a very important speech.

April 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Yes Prince Faisal, We Need to 'Recalibrate' Our Relationship

For decades the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have shared a peculiar relationship: the Saudis sell relatively cheap oil to the United States for which ...

April 29, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Gender Chaos in an XX-XY World

We live in a country where people think it's okay for has-been rock stars to cancel concerts because of their beliefs, but it's ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Needed: Some Will Rogers' Sanity

With incivility running high in our politics and society, we sure could use a dose of sanity from Will Rogers, one of America's greatest ...

April 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Turns Out Trump is Right a Lot

As evidenced by his hair, Donald J. Trump is pretty much wrong all the time. Every time. About everything. Except when he isn't. One ...

April 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sanders Still Won't Admit He Was 'Berned' in New York

As expected, "Crooked Hillary" and "Short Fingers Trump" won the New York primary.

April 27, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hello? Earth to Bernie Sanders?

Dear Bernie,

April 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What Trump People Don't Get

Trump people kill me.

April 26, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


How Long Before We Start Taxing Churches?

Shall we gather at the guillotine?

April 24, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Common Misperception About Gun Control

Most of us, regardless of our personal beliefs about gun control, want to build a safer and more prosperous nation. Standing on that common ground ...

April 24, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


What Did Fed Chairman Yellen Tell Obama?

Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a hastily arranged secret meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. According to the one paragraph ...

April 22, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Obama to Trump: What We’ve Lost in Just 12 Years

Back in July 2004, when I was a (somewhat) younger political reporter, I was standing in the rafters of the old Fleet Bank Center in ...

April 22, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Why Dirt Is Good for Kids

Get this: Prisoners spend more time enjoying the outdoors than modern children.

April 21, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Lesson My Daughter Taught Me About Teeth and Magic

This is a story about magic.

April 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Feeling the Bull: Bernie's Biggest Con

You'll get no argument from me that Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate - stonewalling the release of those Goldman Sachs chats is merely Exhibit ...

April 20, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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