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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


Obama’s Final Turning Point

It's crunch time for President Barack Obama. President Lyndon Johnson once said: "Being President is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but stand there and take it."

February 02, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Black History Month: Where Does It Go From Here?

As luck would have it, I was multitasking while researching this Black History Month column. While I scanned www.blackhistorydaily.com for appropriate quotations from some noted African-American, I jumped over to Yahoo! and stumbled across the perfect quote in the obituary of Pete Seeger (folksinger, activist and noted Caucasian).

January 31, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Correct Spelling, Canceled

As an American, I laugh at those archaic British spellings. Colour? Honour? Their inferiourity, if you will, is obvious. Centre? Theatre? Ridiculous. Most of these barbaric forms were corrected in America hundreds of years ago. Yet one galling Britishism is appearing on my computer screen all too frequently of late: "cancelled," with a gratuitous extra l.

January 31, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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Trump’s Latest Insult is Everything You’d Expect It Would Be

Donald Trump's latest presidential pivot didn't last long.

June 30, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Goodbye, Benghazi Sleuths. Take Your Tinfoil Hats.

To quote poet T. S. Eliot, the House Select Committee on Benghazi finally folded its tent Tuesday - "not with a bang, but a whimper."

June 30, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


‘Brexit’: What a Real Revolution Looks Like

The man stood in a crowded, cramped room. It was well past the middle of the night - closer to daybreak than whenever the last late ...

June 29, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Broken Regulatory Process Turns Democracy Upside-Down

Lost in the spectacle of elected Democrats lounging on the floor, yelling, and picketing to disrupt the functioning of the duly-elected House of Representatives last ...

June 29, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The Things We're Not Allowed to Compare Abortion To

Here are some of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to:

June 28, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Brexit: Globalism is at the Gate

Globalists must be shivering in their boots after the United Kingdom's Brexit vote.

June 28, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Hillary’s Expensive Jacket

Hillary Clinton may have been better off wearing the Emperor's New Clothes during her victory speech after the New York primary, rather than what ...

June 27, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Speak the Truth About Militant Islam

Barack Obama has made many speeches throughout his presidency, some of which are more remembered than others. One that will surely go down in history ...

June 27, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The things we’re not allowed to compare abortion to

Here are some of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to:

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


My day at the Creation Museum

I spent Fathers Day at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. The museum is filled with many animated, life-size dinosaurs accompanied by ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No, Hillary won’t win Texas

Recently, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, claimed she wants to win Texas in the fall and thinks it is possible.

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Best and worst states for children revealed

What's it like to be a child in your state?

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Memories of a 1970s Dog

A thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vin Scully Heads for Home

On a recent weekend, Bob Costas was broadcasting the Cardinals game in St. Louis, Dick Enberg was behind the mic at the Padres game in ...

June 22, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Orlando Massacre: Love Still Wins

No matter how dark or evil the moment, love wins. It always has.

June 21, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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