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My 2013 Holiday Wish List

In this season of fighting over the true meaning of the season, I offer my short (and admittedly incomplete) list of things which could make the world a better place all year round:

December 26, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Deep in the Bowels of Password Hell

As the new year approaches, many of us in the dimly lit brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts who blow themselves blue encouraging we Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear on "Duck Dynasty." And you know what that means: time for one more slippery descent into the bowels of Password Hell.

December 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Time to Investigate Pearson in Texas

Thanks to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the charitable arm of testing giant Pearson will pay $7.7 million to end his investigation into whether it was illegally helping its for-profit parent company. This comes as a shock to Texans, where Pearson has an eye-popping $462-million testing contract, as opposed to New York where Pearson is only getting $32 million. The surprise isn't that a special interest cut corners at taxpayers expense but that a state attorney general can investigate it. It's simply not done here, but then again, why isn't Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ...

December 24, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Letter From the Front Lines of the War on Christmas

To All Americans in the World-

December 22, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Will Republicans ever learn?

Will they get their own house in order in time to take control of the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016?

December 22, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Antimicrobial Soap: Friend Or Foe?

If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to use more antimicrobial soap, your plans might be all washed up.

December 20, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Iowa Caucuses Will Not Elevate Paul Ryan to the Presidency

Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state's overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.

December 20, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


The Best and Worst of 2013

The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here's a best and worst list:

December 19, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Minimum Wage Hammers Youth

With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief that a significant number of families live on the minimum wage. Instead, the primary impact would be to exacerbate a crisis of youth unemployment spurred largely by the last minimum wage increase.

December 19, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Looking Forward this Christmas

I'm turning into my father.

December 18, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Liberals who Killed Jimmy Stewart

Like all certainties in life, rules in the Senate change. One of America's most glorified political theatrics, the filibuster, now only exists should the majority party choose.

December 17, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Memories of My Son’s First Christmas

(Editor Note: This Tyrades! column was originally published in December of 2004)

December 17, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Law change provides rural opportunity

For farm and ranch families across Kansas, adding flexibility to our agribusiness laws represents a unique opportunity to access new markets, to diversify operations and to attempt a new strategy to invigorate rural communities and offer young people a rural alternative.

December 15, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Columnists


The Truth About Ronald Reagan and South Africa

The whole world mourns Nelson Mandela. Rightly.

December 15, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Do You Hear What I Hear?

It was 73 and sunny, still two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the "holiday spirit." Then he played "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry - a song so old that it doesn't rouse spirits so much as it conjures ghosts of Christmas past.

December 15, 2013 | Peter Funt | 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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