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The Little Red Hen

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who specialized in running away and hiding. Hey. Sometimes your friends are whoever lives on the farm next to you.

August 14, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Five Years Later, Obama Again Blames Bush

Anyone who has even bothered to read my columns over the last decade-plus knows I was never a huge fan of George W. Bush. I have always believed that the 43rd president was a decent man who tried to do the right thing but often failed, either because of bad advice or flawed ideology - or both. That said, Barack Obama has carried Bush bashing to a level that should astound all but the most hardened and cynical political observer.

August 11, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


Betwixt and Between

Ownership changes at The Washington Post and Boston Globe have many people speculating anew about the future of newspapers. But whatever happens to these great publications probably won't mean much to you, me, or the paper that carries this column.

August 11, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Childless Couples: Do They Deserve To Live?

Whether you're arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the August 12 "Time" magazine: "The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children."

August 09, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Great Minds on Government

Too many of our political leaders see government as the solution to our challenges. If only they paid more consideration to what some of our great minds had to say about government.

August 09, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Marriage Is Alive and Well - for Some

Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days.

August 08, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Bipartisan Response to Terrorism Threat: America’s (Fleeting) Arab Spring?

It's a classic case of deja vu, and you get that sinking, ominous feeling. And then a (momentarily) optimistic one.

August 08, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Now that’s a ‘get out of jail free’ card

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 07, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Kafka in Texas

Denise Romano would make a lousy terrorist. She has a severe chronic refractory cough that causes her to pass out several times a day. She uses a walker so she has something to lean on when she gets one of her coughing fits. She can't drive. During the "people's filibuster," she let protestors use the parking space at her condo two blocks from the capitol. As much as she wanted to join the protests, her body just couldn't take it. Online activism was her only outlet.

August 07, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Are Pigs Smarter Than Dogs? And Should We Care?

My son Gideon, age nine, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom "Green Acres," which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.

August 04, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Evil Never Sleeps

Rush Limbaugh fielded a phone call the other day that even he couldn't answer.

August 04, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Change is like an old building

They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back. The little theater, a dancehall named Oscar's Palladium on North Second Street in Sargent, Neb., had once been the scene of shows on a Midwest vaudeville circuit, then dances featuring big bands such as Tommy Dorsey's, then early rockers. And then it closed.

August 02, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


From parole to the pre-season

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 02, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Summer Camp

Dear Mom and Dad, It's been less than a week since you dropped me off at summer camp. You better come get me 'cause I'm in big trouble. On my first day, I was feeling homesick. So I found a piece of wood and began carving it with my Swiss Army knife the way Daddy showed me. Well, one of the counselors yelled at me to "freeze." He took my knife, then patted me down. Then he marched me off to the camp director. The director said, who did I think I was bringing a lethal weapon, a ...

August 01, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Despite Increasing Poverty and Unemployment, Immigration Advocacy Continues

Paul Ryan, U. S. Representative, Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice-presidential candidate recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably." No one argues. During the fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson first promised to end poverty, the United States has wasted $15 trillion; 46 million Americans live in poverty and 15 million more receive food stamps than before the 2007 recession started. The complete story is worse than Ryan indicated. For every job that the White House claims to have created, two Americans have been added to the food stamp roles. Over the weekend ...

August 01, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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13 Years Later, Reassessing 'Mission Accomplished'

Almost thirteen years ago, George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and made a very important speech.

April 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Yes Prince Faisal, We Need to 'Recalibrate' Our Relationship

For decades the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have shared a peculiar relationship: the Saudis sell relatively cheap oil to the United States for which ...

April 29, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Gender Chaos in an XX-XY World

We live in a country where people think it's okay for has-been rock stars to cancel concerts because of their beliefs, but it's ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Needed: Some Will Rogers' Sanity

With incivility running high in our politics and society, we sure could use a dose of sanity from Will Rogers, one of America's greatest ...

April 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Turns Out Trump is Right a Lot

As evidenced by his hair, Donald J. Trump is pretty much wrong all the time. Every time. About everything. Except when he isn't. One ...

April 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sanders Still Won't Admit He Was 'Berned' in New York

As expected, "Crooked Hillary" and "Short Fingers Trump" won the New York primary.

April 27, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hello? Earth to Bernie Sanders?

Dear Bernie,

April 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What Trump People Don't Get

Trump people kill me.

April 26, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


How Long Before We Start Taxing Churches?

Shall we gather at the guillotine?

April 24, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Common Misperception About Gun Control

Most of us, regardless of our personal beliefs about gun control, want to build a safer and more prosperous nation. Standing on that common ground ...

April 24, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


What Did Fed Chairman Yellen Tell Obama?

Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a hastily arranged secret meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. According to the one paragraph ...

April 22, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Obama to Trump: What We’ve Lost in Just 12 Years

Back in July 2004, when I was a (somewhat) younger political reporter, I was standing in the rafters of the old Fleet Bank Center in ...

April 22, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Why Dirt Is Good for Kids

Get this: Prisoners spend more time enjoying the outdoors than modern children.

April 21, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Lesson My Daughter Taught Me About Teeth and Magic

This is a story about magic.

April 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Feeling the Bull: Bernie's Biggest Con

You'll get no argument from me that Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate - stonewalling the release of those Goldman Sachs chats is merely Exhibit ...

April 20, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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