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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


Fight Global Warming: Approve the Pipeline!

President Obama laid out his personal standard for approving the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in his global warming speech at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013. If the project increases global warming, he'll veto it. Based on that standard, he should now approve the project - immediately.

February 06, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Texas Still Waiting for the 21st Century to Show Up

Sometimes rhetorical questions demand answers. When Texas state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte asked, "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?" the deafening roar from the gallery carried Wendy Davis' filibuster over the midnight finish line last summer. But Van de Putte only got an answer last week. It turns out that it doesn't matter if a woman is even dead or raped. Texas Republicans don't recognize women at all.

February 05, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Tip of the Stove-Pipe Hat To Abe Lincoln

February 12 marks the 205th anniversary of the birth of our sixteenth president. Yes, I could write a lot of dry, pompous stuff about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln; but whereas Lincoln had only 18 months of formal education, I was exposed to the warped perspective of history teacher Jerry Holt at Marshall County High School (Lewisburg, Tennessee) for THREE YEARS, so what you're going to get is The Lincoln You Never Knew.

February 05, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Liberals Say the Funniest Things... Sometimes

Out here on the East Coast, left-wingers ignore all sorts of research proving their feel-good remedies often exacerbate the problems they try to solve, such as violence (with gun buy-backs) and unemployment (by raising the minimum wage).

February 04, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Viewers Really Ad Up

Has anyone invented a DVR that automatically skips the programs so you can watch only the commercials?

February 04, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Lots of Laughs, but Sad Commentary

I admit I dozed off once or twice.

February 02, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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The Little Sisters of the Poor & the Fight for Freedom

God bless the Little Sisters of the Poor. They just put our overzealous federal government back in its constitutional place.

May 25, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Clinton Needs a Crash Course

If Hillary Clinton wants to be president - and for nearly a decade that hasn't been in doubt - she's got to change her act ...

May 25, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Going Back to Move Forward

Ah, the "good old days," the ones that President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at during his recent commencement speech at Rutgers University when he ...

May 24, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Facebook Scandal a Warning for the Future of the Internet

Many conservatives are waving off concerns about Facebook manipulating its Trending News feature because it's a private company. In addition to legal concerns related ...

May 24, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Show Police the Respect They Deserve

Twenty-nine years ago this week, I graduated from law school. It's been almost three decades since I've been able to officially call myself ...

May 23, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It's Time to Put an End to Sanctuary Cities

To explain the unexplainable, a saying caught on generations ago: "It must be the water."

May 23, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Breaking news: we have new babies!!!

No, not those ... I mean BIRDIES!!!

May 21, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Bernie Supporters are an Embarrassment

This one's for all the "Bernie Bros" out there.

May 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump Loves the Taste of Bernie's Sour Grapes

In a column I wrote a couple months back, I listed five reasons why Donald Trump could actually win this election, to our everlasting national ...

May 21, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


New Defense Bill Will Boost War and Tyranny

For many of us concerned with liberty, the letters "NDAA" have come to symbolize Washington's ongoing effort to undermine the U.S. Constitution in ...

May 19, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Would President Hillary Clinton Spill Area 51 Secrets?

According to a May 11 United Press International news story, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised a radio interviewer that, if elected, she would release ...

May 19, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


'Party of Science' Flouts Biology on Gender Identity

Let me surprise you with the following statement: I sympathize with transgender individuals that they would prefer to use the bathroom of the gender they ...

May 18, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Should Corporations Sponsor National Parks?

Whether I was a preschooler hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a young adult spelunking in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave or a father ...

May 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Premium Handmade Cigars Go Up in Smoke

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has got me smoking mad.

May 17, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Liberalism: The Wolf on a Sled Dog Team

A wise Alaskan once said, "If you tie a wolf to a sled dog team, there will be lots of activity but no forward progress."

May 17, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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