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Reign of error

It's been quite a year, the exact reverse of that whole "time flies when you're having fun" thing. These last twelve months have slogged by like cold molasses riddled with bat guano dripping through a tightly woven bamboo sieve. It seems like decades since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Shouldn't he be termed out by now?

January 27, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump and his toadies don tinfoil hats

A wild animal is most dangerous when it's cornered. We're seeing that now.

January 27, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Funeral for a friend: farewell Mark Allan

My brother Tim's text message pinged my phone last Sunday morning. "Mark Allan died. His obit is in today's Tribune." I closed my eyes and a flood of distinct memories came rushing back. And a week later I'm still thinking about Mark, the Allan family, and the universe we shared in a window of time that spanned the late 60's and early 70's.

January 27, 2018 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Dan Rather returns

He looked pretty good sitting behind the antique partners desk in his home-office. In fact, darn good for a newsman of 86.

January 25, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Stop misrepresenting the Statue of Liberty!

They'll do it every time.

January 25, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The consequences of our racist President

Last week, during discussions on a bipartisan immigration compromise, President Trump set a new low bar. During the conversation, he purportedly demanded to know why we wanted "all these people from s---hole countries" in Central America and Africa coming to the United States, requesting people from "places like Norway" instead.

January 24, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Hey, feds, take your ethanol mandate and shovel it!

My back is sore from shoveling snow - and it's the federal government's fault.

January 24, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The security threat posed by s---hole countries

President Trump's dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don't share his skin tone is frightening. Equally disturbing is his ignorance of history, his inability to think strategically, and his incomprehensible approach to international relations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his assessment of Africa.

January 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Raw water: threat or menace?

Thirty-plus years ago, aunt Addie Lee dropped in on the farmhouse that my parents used for storage and family cookouts. She quaffed a glass of sparkling tap water and waxed eloquent about how our good ol' spring water put to shame the over-processed H2O from the municipal water works.

January 23, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The truth about a government shutdown

This weekend the United States Treasury bumped up against the "debt ceiling." This debt ceiling is to the government like the credit card limit is to your dreams of really furnishing your man cave.

January 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Wolff’s book resonates because Trump keeps confirming it

Nobody is more stunned about the stratospheric sales of "Fire and Fury" than the guy who wrote it.

January 22, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Reflections on hospitals and caregivers

This week's column is difficult for me to write. However, I wish to dedicate this week to every grieved family in America. You see, we are in serious danger of losing our grown son. We and many, many of you are praying and we rely on that prayer to strengthen us and to hopefully turn this situation around. We do have faith, and we do trust God with His Will.

January 20, 2018 | By Judi Tabler guest columnist | Columnists


One year in, Trump remains his own worst enemy

When it came to a recent column about President Donald Trump's preference for "executive time" that includes a healthy dose of cable news viewing and unhinged Tweeting, the reader wasn't in the mood to hold back.

January 20, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Washington is my only hope against Girl Scout cookies

I'm on a diet - a miserable diet just as millions of Americans are during January every year. And to be successful, I want the federal government to intervene.

January 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


iPhone Xcess

For my eldest and most expensive daughter's fifteenth birthday, she requested a new cell phone/adolescent life-support unit. Because my own cell phone was operating at roughly the capacity of an elderly rodent limping on a miniature treadmill, I decided that we'd both take the opportunity for an upgrade (cell phone code for "an almost exact replica of the phone you have now, except for a couple of unnecessary features that'll be completely obsolete by the time you get from inside the cell phone store back to your car").

January 18, 2018 | Jason Graves | Columnists


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Wishy-Washy White House

From the moment he took office, President Trump has repeatedly experienced buyer's remorse.

April 24, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


How Honolulu transformed from utopia to urban muddle

Let's be clear from the outset. Travelers who have never visited Honolulu, Hawaii's capital located on Oahu, should make it their next destination ...

April 24, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Should we lower the voting age to 16?

According to NBC News, the majority of the Washington, D.C. council as well as the mayor and the "Washington Post" are pushing a bill ...

April 23, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The sad state of my California

You don't want to live in my state.

April 23, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


On Earth Day, Congress whistling past the graveyard

Last month, the United Nations hosted a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) conference in Bonn, Germany. Despite hopes that limiting population growth would be the UN ...

April 21, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Storm warning

You don't need a weatherman to see that the storm clouds gathering around Team Trump are serious. And since the only permanent member of ...

April 21, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Don’t get too cocky, Democrats

It is the Democratic party's most fevered hope that dawn on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 7 will reveal acres of smoking rubble that ...

April 19, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


What’s next for Paul Ryan?

House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't quite yell" abandon ship" Wednesday when he announced he would not be seeking re-election, but he came close. His ...

April 19, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Getting Assad’s attention, Reagan style

To strike Syria, or not to strike Syria.

April 18, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Crackdown on Facebook would be good...for Facebook

From the moment Mark Zuckerberg began to read his opening statement, you knew he wasn't going to change Facebook.

April 18, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Can your family handle a day without complaints?

Did you notice that Thomas Lickona recently adapted a portion of his book "How to Raise Kind Kids" into the online "Time Magazine" article "How ...

April 17, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Circus Trump

Like Cirque de Soleil, the Donald Trump Circus has many touring productions. The Oval Office. The White House. The Cabinet. Both Republican held Houses of ...

April 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Congress not up to the task of taking on Facebook

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn't help but have the same reaction I have ...

April 16, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Time to reconsider regime change in Syria?

American response to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis Syria has been experiencing for the last seven years has been tepid at best. With Syrian President Bashar ...

April 16, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


New strategy offers Trump a much bigger NAFTA win

In politics and public policy, sometimes a modest victory is actually a massive missed opportunity. President Trump is at risk of suffering just that kind ...

April 14, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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