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Hovering Over College Kids

Ah, college is back in session - which means, says The Washington Post, that "helicopter parents" are in full flight.

September 11, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


50th Anniversary of the TV Ad that Changed Politics

Happy anniversary, Daisy girl! What would our politics be like today if she hadn't burst upon the scene 50 years ago - a freckled tyke blown up in a nuclear blast, the star of America's first gut-punch TV ad?

September 11, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


How They Spent Their Summer Vacation

September is a grand month for traditions. Fresh pencils and tablets for the upcoming school year. The approach of fall as evidenced by the turning of the leaves. International Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th. The official start to the NFL season with the filing of the first domestic abuse charge.

September 10, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Nixon's Vindication

Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today, it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon's view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, "when the president does it that means it is not illegal," is embraced by the majority of the political class. In fact, the last two presidents have abused their power in ways that would have made Nixon blush.

September 10, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Carbon Pawprint: Should Pets Be Banned?

Could it be that the "elephant in the room" is literally an elephant in the room?

September 09, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Do Celebs Really Need the FBI?

Breitbart News is reporting federal border agents have been warned by their superiors of a serious threat by ISIS to cross into the United States. Five major banks recently suffered the theft of terabytes of customers' data by hackers. Every day, 2,000 Americans such as yourself have their identities hijacked by thieves stealing money from credit cards, medical cards and social security accounts.

September 09, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Decide Something, Mr President

Time's up, Mr. President.

September 07, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Life, Liberty and the Right of a Child to Fire an Uzi

The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use...an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke.

September 07, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Ferguson and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ America

Over forty years ago, Stanley Kubrick made a film called "A Clockwork Orange" that was so controversial he chose to pull it from release in the United Kingdom. This is not only where the story was set, but the movie itself made.

September 05, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Rick Perry Love the Troops, Hates Feeding Them

Texas has a new refugee crisis on the border, and this time it's not a bunch of kids. When Rick Perry deployed the National Guard to the border, he remembered to go on Fox News, pose with assault weapons, and brag to Republicans in Iowa. But he forgot to make sure that our National Guardsmen and women got paid and were fed. Now they are turning to food banks to eat, underscoring how Perry's big fake invasion of south Texas is really just a political put-up job.

September 05, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


The Taste of Government Control

They're going to have to get used to it.

September 04, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good!

Last week President Obama admitted that his administration has not worked out a strategy on how to deal with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a dominant force in the Middle East. However, as ISIS continues its march through Syria and Iraq, many in the US administration believe it is, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a threat "beyond anything we have ever seen."

September 04, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


On Window Fans and Air Conditioning

Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Two Tooth Advantage

The plume of a great doom now looms. Talking about that wonderfully hideous first Monday in September- Labor Day. Yeah, sure, it's a big time, bona fide holiday, but being the last warm wet splash of summer- so bittersweet. Like the final free Continental breakfast buffet before checking out of a five-star hotel.

September 03, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Don’t Take Truck Drivers For Granted

Are you ready for long waits, bare store shelves and higher prices?

September 02, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an SUV!

For the past two years, I've had the honor of driving my son to his middle school each morning.

April 27, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A remarkable first hundred days of regulatory reform

President Trump was elected to reverse the massive regulatory power grabs of the Obama administration and, in the words of chief strategist Steve Bannon, to ...

April 27, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


100 days in, who’s winning again?

Who's winning?

April 26, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


‘Dealmaker’ Trump flip-flops on dreamers

On his way to the White House, President Donald Trump forgot all he knows about negotiating. Author of best-selling "The Art of the Deal," President ...

April 26, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Bad hair wars between Trump and North Korea

Enterprising entrepreneurs out there might want to invest in a fleet of tractor backhoes and partial ownership of a limestone quarry, because it's starting ...

April 25, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Time to make it ‘Get To Work, Daughters & Sons’ Day

We need to rethink Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

April 25, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Limiting population growth key to a healthy future

Limiting population growth key to a healthy future

April 24, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Flying the unfriendly skies

The airline industry is so competitive that upon learning United Airlines dragged a paying passenger off a flight so their employees could enjoy a free ...

April 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Advice for President Trump

Dear Mr. President.

April 22, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump’s Endless Campaign

"No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it," observed George Orwell in his prescient novel "1984." However, until Donald Trump came along ...

April 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump’s broken promise could break another promise

Smoke has been billowing skyward from the Trumpster fire for nearly 100 days - I know, it feels more like 100 weeks - and his refusal to ...

April 20, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Have you talked to your children about marijuana?

Although I got vicarious pleasure from the American Dope Growers Union spoof on "Saturday Night Live" in 1977, my curiosity has never led me to ...

April 20, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The net neutrality noise machine

For over a decade, professional liberal organizers and agitators - backed by a tidal wave of big liberal foundations and Silicon Valley corporate money - have told ...

April 19, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


20 years after his death, a few thoughts about Mike Royko

It was 20 years ago this month that I - along with everyone else in Chicago - woke up to the news that Mike Royko was gone.

April 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump trashes sustainability twice in two weeks

I knew when Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States that he might prove a long-awaited savior to those disillusioned, abandoned Americans ...

April 18, 2017 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists


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