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In California, a Right to Die

Imagine looking in a mirror and seeing the target of the euthanasia movement.

October 13, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Politics Without Passion

Many Democrats are tied in knots over the presidential campaign, afraid not just of saying the wrong thing but even thinking it.

October 13, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Power of the press is reporting the news consumers need

The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

October 11, 2015 | | Columnists


Why community newspapers matter

ROLLING FORK, Miss.- The chosen theme for this year's National Newspaper Week is "Power of the Press," and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing.

October 11, 2015 | Ray Mosby | Columnists


The Lingering Problem of Race Relations

Race relations have returned to the forefront of our national discussion over the last several years. Unless one refers to illegal immigration, relations in question almost always pertain to blacks and whites.

October 09, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Time for Sensible Background Checks

In the wake of the recent homicidal shooting rampage at an Oregon community college, I'm forced to come to the conclusion that it is high time for common sense national background checks for journalists.

October 09, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Decline of American Greatness

"I'm fed up with politics and the country is going down the drain."

October 08, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


My Dog Ate My Blueprints

"It takes a heap of shedding to make a house a home."

October 08, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Take Away Our Guns, Obama? Hell No!

We hear you loud and clear, President Obama. Only a person with a cold heart would blame innocent people and suggest taking their guns away after a crazy, militant atheist who probably cheered when your party booed God at their convention goes on a shooting spree at a college in Oregon.

October 07, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Clintons Remain Lucky to Have Such Hapless Enemies

In Washington, every so often, a politician will stray from the standard spin and utter an accidental truth. On Fox News the other night, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy did so in spectacular fashion, momentarily forgetting that the GOP's endless Benghazi probe (a probe that's now longer in duration than the 1970s Watergate probe) is supposed to be spun as a search for truth, justice and the American way. Instead, he let slip a burst of candor. And how refreshing it was to hear it.

October 07, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Protecting School Kids

Face it. Every school in America should have a uniformed police officer on duty whenever school is in session. If smaller communities can't afford it, a federal program should be established to help. And, yes, these cops should have guns.

October 06, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Not Only in America

Comrades-in-arms hurried the wounded Royal Airforce Sergeant into the Margate hospital east of London, his eyes burning from a chemical fire extinguisher cloud.

October 06, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


GOP Can't Win in 2016 by Losing Now

Some Republicans in Congress will never learn.

October 04, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Increasingly Likable Donald Trump

Donald Trump - America's loveable bull in a china shop - was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings hundreds of evangelical activists to the nation's capital. Think of the summit as the Christian answer to Burning Man, without the gratuitous sex, drug use and an important reversal in which the goal is to avoid burning.

October 04, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The Best Talking Heads Lean Right

If the GOP's presidential candidates were half as persuasive as its conservative commentators, the party would have a much easier time winning elections.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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The incredible power of Fathers

My 84-year-old father still asks me why I did it.

June 16, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Grizzly bears in our oldest national park are not safe

"The National Parks do not suffice as a means of perpetuating the larger carnivores; witness the precarious status of the grizzly bear." These words were ...

June 16, 2018 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


Flying American Airlines? Be prepared to hold it

Members of any airline frequent flyer club have seen the benefits of membership gradually erode under the relentless assault of airline bean-counters. The yearly mileage ...

June 14, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


With friends like us, who needs enemies?

During WWII, when the communist government of Joseph Stalin joined the United States and Great Britain in their battle against Nazi Germany, British Prime Minister ...

June 14, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Skilled trades beat degree debt

When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today.

June 13, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A chance to save California?

California's crazy "jungle" primary elections came to a blessed end on Tuesday.

June 13, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tragic celebrity suicides should be a reminder to listen

When I heard my brother Jonathan had taken his own life, my first thought, unfiltered through the sieve of reason, was: "Why the hell did ...

June 12, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Many unhappy returns

Domino's offers to "insure" your purchase in the event your car is crushed by a tree and you slip on an icy sidewalk causing ...

June 12, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Border separations are simply immoral

Is it necessary, in the year 2018, to write that it is wrong for any country - let alone the United States of America - to forcefully ...

June 11, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Democrats might have reason to worry about November

When writer, commentator, polemicist, talk show host and National Review magazine editor William F. Buckley ran for mayor of New York City in 1965, a ...

June 11, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bush Sr. reminisces about his College World Series days

For the next three weeks, baseball fans will have a chance to see the game played the way it should be. The NCAA's best ...

June 09, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


‘Grease’ turns 40! Peachy keen, jellybean!

For your least-favorite local eatery, the headline "Grease Turns 40" might elicit chuckles of "I TOLD you those bribes to the health inspector would pay ...

June 09, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Dance like your dad’s not watching

Although some men long to have a son to carry on their family name (and their male-pattern baldness), I've always felt lucky to have ...

June 07, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Oval Office Apprentice Raging Moderate by Will Durst President Donald Trump has failed at many end

President Donald Trump has failed at many endeavors: casinos, airlines, universities, steaks, wine, vodka, board games, two marriages, armed forces physicals, White House Communications Department ...

June 07, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Crazy Rudy’s full court press

Last year, as the tightly wound spool of scandal surrounding his administration started to unravel, President Trump reportedly asked a roomful of White House officials ...

June 06, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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