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Trump boosts cable’s fortunes

During the campaign, Donald Trump famously conceded that he gets much of his information about world affairs from "the shows." Incredibly, the impact made on Trump's thinking by what he sees on television is even more profound now that he's the leader of the free world.

March 30, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Selling privacy rights wrong

Dear Editor,

March 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Sears, Kmart, malls: My New Worry List

My wife and I met on a blind date at a Bonanza restaurant in a nearby shopping mall nearly 32 years ago, so it was dismaying to drop in on the same mall on a recent Saturday afternoon. Store after store was unoccupied, customers were few and far between and a general "ghostly" ambience prevailed.

March 30, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The head of Trump University got schooled

It has been assailed as the end of democracy. Vilified as a form of slavery. Denigrated, denounced and disparaged. But like a blind, three-legged dog named "Lucky," against all odds, the Affordable Care Act has survived and remains the law of the land.

March 29, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


With TSA, security’s price is indignity

It was probably worse for the Transportation Security Administration officer than it was for me.

March 29, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump Should End Illegal Obamacare Exemption

The House effort to repeal and replace Obamacare flamed out in spectacular fashion and leaders in Congress seem content to move on to other issues. But the American people continue to suffer with skyrocketing premiums and ever-smaller provider networks. About a third of the counties in America have only one insurance company left in the marketplace. Doing nothing is an unacceptable option.

March 28, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Congress Hits ctrl-alt-del on Your Privacy

Governments and legislative bodies often do profoundly stupid things.

March 28, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Parties should stop digging ratholes

Ratholes.

March 27, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Big week for taking the temperature of Trump

The Claremont Review of Books has always been more tolerant of the Trump phenomena than the deep thinkers at the National Review. This was particularly evident last week at Claremont's "Recovering American Conservatism" panel.

March 27, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Farewell JC Penney's--You were more than a store to me

When the news that JC Penney's was closing 300 stores broke, I felt a sense of dread come over me. A couple clicks on my laptop and my suspicions were confirmed. "They are closing that Great Bend JC Penney's store," I remarked to my wife Lori who was in the kitchen. She looked over to me - "The store by the courthouse? How sad. Where will you get your underwear now?"

March 27, 2017 | by Matt Keenan matthewkeenan.com | Columnists


President Trump installs loyal hall monitors

There's this disturbing scene early on in the 1990 Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October."

March 25, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Happy 75th birthday to Capitol Records!

In the peak years of my scouring yard sales and junk shops for second-hand, dollar-bin vinyl record albums, I didn't really focus on company labels. I paid more attention to genres and artists.

March 25, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump's Team Masks the Issues

The word of the day for Republicans is "unmask."

March 23, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


You're Allowed to Feel Bad for Sean Spicer

It's difficult to not sympathize with presidential press secretary Sean Spicer.

March 23, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Trump’s March Madness continues

The entire nation is transfixed like a litter of kittens in front of a fishbowl of hyperactive minnows as the screwy shenanigans known as March Madness unfold. And mad is right. It's crazy out there. Totally zany. Nuttier than the hospitality suite at a squirrel convention. As kooky as a skateboard rack in the foyer of an assisted living facility.

March 22, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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For the Fourth of July, let’s have some common sense

In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to renew our commitment to the principles and practices that made our country ...

June 28, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Republicans are out of ideas on health care

It's time to own it, Republicans: You've had seven years to come up with a credible alternative to Obamacare. And when your clutch ...

June 27, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Era of the selfie stick

Millennials, who understandably hate being called "millennials," did not invent narcissism with the selfie.

June 27, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


I guess Donald Trump Was right

At his big rallies last fall President Trump kept telling his supporters that, "We're just going to win and win so much you're ...

June 26, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Let Washington politicians defend themselves

In all the discussion of the shooting during Republican practice for the Congressional baseball game, I was struck by the fact no one thought it ...

June 26, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


An ‘extraordinary’ abuse of journalistic style

I can't stop myself from keeping a mental list of words and phrases that have been bastardized beyond repair by journalists. They range from ...

June 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


The Jones act keeps America secure

For some time now the Jones Act, a federal law requiring all cargo moved by water between two point in the United States be transported ...

June 22, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Mr. Tyree doesn’t go to Washington

June 2017 was supposed to be the month my 13-year-old son Gideon went to Washington, D.C. on a youth tour.

June 21, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Snowflakes want me to be nicer to Trump

I need to stop and thank all the nice folk who've been kind enough to take time from their busy schedules to provide this ...

June 21, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Politically correct summer camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

June 20, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump’s demeanor shouldn’t be surprising

Of all the rationales available to interpret President Donald Trump's private conversation with former FBI director James Comey, many of his defenders opted for ...

June 20, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bernie Sanders, religious bigot?

Democrats are enjoying throwing around the word impeachment.

June 19, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Siri plans to stop taking orders and start giving them

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the company is going to focus on developing self-driving car "systems" instead of the car itself. In an interview ...

June 19, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


What boob thought up this fashion trend?

"There's no need to fear ---- underboob is here!"

June 17, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Russiagate’ is obscuring everything, including gun legislation

On Wednesday morning, Washington rightly fretted over the fate of a Republican congressman and three others felled by a gunman's fire in suburban Alexandria ...

June 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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