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Transparency: Not Republican, Not Democrat

Openness in government is not a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Independent, TEA party or Libertarian issue. The importance of transparency in local, state and federal government should transcend parties and political ideologies.

March 20, 2014 | | Columnists


Put the Public Back in Public Information

This week is Sunshine Week, a nationwide discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. During this week we pay special attention to our collective obligation to bring some "sunshine" to the often shadowy processes of government decision-making.

March 20, 2014 | Emily Shaw | Columnists


How to make a California shake

God bless America, and how's everybody?

March 19, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


50 Shades of Cool

It was more amusing than piano- playing kittens to see Barack Obama plug the Affordable Care Act on Zach Galifianakis' internet comedy show. Not late night. Not basic cable. An internet show: "Between 2 Ferns." Even funnier was the President trotting out the same expression he normally reserves for Bill O'Reilly interviews.

March 19, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Pay no attention to the plane behind the curtain

God bless America, and how's everybody?

March 18, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Rand Paul Gets It

I disagree with some of Rand Paul's more libertarian positions, especially on social issues. And I'm certainly not endorsing him or anyone else to be the Republican nominee for president at this time. But Sen. Paul of Kentucky did two things recently that won my favor. He showed the 2,500 conservative activists at the CPAC conference last weekend that he understands what the GOP must do if it wants to take the Senate this fall and win back the White House.

March 16, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


“Ban Bossy”: Unintended Consequences

If you keep up with social justice issues, you've no doubt heard of the "Ban Bossy" campaign (banbossy.com) spearheaded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other prominent females.

March 16, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Conservatives Target Free School Lunches

Did you ever think you'd see the day when decrying low-income kids who get free school lunches would become a political battle cry, coupled with the suggestion that parents who sign up their kids for free lunches love them less than parents who send their children to school with brown bagged baloney sandwiches?

March 14, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Climate Change Talkathon a Sign of Weakness

There's a reason why the U.S. Senate has long been nicknamed the Cave of Winds. Typically, its denizens are all talk, no action.

March 14, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Don’t Wreck Medicare Part D

In 2003, I opposed the Medicare prescription drug bill, in large part because I expected that - like all other government entitlement programs - it would end up costing far more than initially projected. I was wrong.

March 13, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Pay Attention to This

I happened to be doing a 20-hour road trip in a rented car when Apple announced CarPlay, a system that will soon allow motorists to text, check email and be entertained via their mobile devices, while roaring down the highway.

March 13, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


GOP Going Nuclear on ‘Battlefield of Ideas’

CPAC-the political convention that is to conservatives what ComicCon is to nerds-did not sort out the Republican field for 2016, but it did reveal something much scarier. Unlike most years when Republicans insist they should fight for ideals they never define, this time conservatives sketched out a frighteningly radical agenda. Taking CPAC speakers at their word, the next Republican generation will make us pine for the comparatively bi-partisan moderation and restraint that characterized the George W. Bush administration.

March 12, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


There are Better Ways to Cut Military Spending

Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama's push to cut their National Guard troops?

March 11, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama as Deporter-in-Chief? Not So Fast

Janet Murguia, the National Council of La Raza's Chief Executive Officer, recently made an explosive charge against President Barack Obama. Murguia called the president the "Deporter- in-Chief," a reference to what many Hispanic lobbying organizations allege is Obama's record number of deportations.

March 11, 2014 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


It’s the Desert, Stupid

Mr. Putin's quick takeover of the Crimean peninsula was no surprise to me.

March 09, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Let’s Chew on the New Clinton Foundation Nothingburger

The mainstream media has a tough time "balancing" the coverage of a presidential campaign where one candidate is temperamentally suited for the Oval Office and ...

August 27, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Hillary Hardly a Champ for the Working Class

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton is the fiery champion of the working stiff.

August 27, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Star Trek Turns 50

Not too long after the Sept. 8, 1966, premiere of TV's "Star Trek" (or "Star Trick," as I misheard the title), my "no nonsense ...

August 25, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why the Media is Biased Against Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton is "doing what they call in politics 'freezing pockets,'" Chris Cuomo -- son of the late New York governor -- explained on his CNN program ...

August 25, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Woman’s View

Do you ever think about how you visualize concepts or thoughts in your mind?

August 24, 2016 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Hannity Is Trump's Puppeteer

November's biggest loser might not be Donald Trump ---- even if he gets clobbered at the polls. The person with the most to lose is ...

August 24, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Media Bias in Baton Rouge

The recent flooding in Baton Rouge is a study in media bias if you compare it to media coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

August 24, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Yet Another Regrettable Outcome of the 2016 Election: Divorce

Get this: According to The New York Times, some wives are threatening to divorce their husbands if the fellows vote for Donald Trump.

August 23, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What Should We Do About Crimea?

Is Crimea about to explode? The mainstream media reports that Russia has amassed troops on the border with Ukraine and may be spoiling for a ...

August 23, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Roger Ailes and Donald Trump Deserve Each Other

If you read Superman comics as a kid, you're probably familiar with Bizarro World - the planet where everything is the opposite of life on ...

August 22, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


For My Dad, I Won’t Vote for Either

On the whole, I'm an imperfect Catholic, but there is one particular area of my Christian identity in which I excel: guilt.

August 22, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Hillary Clinton and a Lesson in Patriotism

Is it good to be patriotic?

August 20, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Election 2016: Liberty Loses No Matter Who Wins

For all the hand-wringing about the threat to liberty and constitutional government posed by the major party presidential candidates, there is little discussion of how ...

August 20, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Woman’s View

We've got some major problems, folks! I am exaggerating of course, but sometimes I need to gripe a bit. And besides, I do perceive ...

August 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


The Democratic Party's Got Religion?!?

Apparently, the Democratic Party's latest strategy to win the White House in 2016 is "Let's pretend to be religious."

August 18, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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