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Obama’s Amateurish Trade Could Harm Americans

Let's clear out the idiocy of the Bowe Bergdahl debates and then get to what's really important: this decision's legacy.

June 10, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Why Dads Are Essential to Kids

Get this: Dads are essential to kids.

June 10, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Obama Shows Vulnerability Over Prisoner Exchange

To this day there's some dispute over who originated the phrase "grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory." What is certain is we're now seeing living examples of the phrase, demonstrated by both the Obama administration and the Republican Party.

June 08, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


It's Time to Say Thank You to Those that Saved the World

Here in this little French village of Sainte Mere Eglise they remember D-Day.

June 08, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Father's Day: Juicier Headlines Needed

Almost every day, as I plod through a world dominated by Murphy's Law, I am haunted by one of my late father's favorite observations:

June 06, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Want Some Guns With Your Fries?

If you were out to dinner, particularly with kids, and some manly guys jonesing for food showed up toting AK-47s or AR-15s, would you feel comfortable? Or would you get up and leave the restaurant?

June 06, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Dogs Can’t Root Out Root Cause of Stress

Our country is going to the dogs.

June 05, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Aren’t Perfect and Neither is the Death Penalty

The death penalty isn't perfect, but then neither are we. The botched execution last month in Oklahoma has raised legitimate questions about the secret sauce Texas uses on death row, and a lot of Texans still haven't gotten over the state-that is, us-executing Cameron Todd Willingham based on unscientific and discredited folk tales about arson. The Oklahoma incident in particular has caused many to re-examine the death penalty's use in Texas, but the problem isn't the process but the people who carry it out.

June 05, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Mental Health Screening a Good Way to Decrease Liberty

Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims.

June 04, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Pollution and the English Language

You wouldn't know it from all the perpetual doom and gloom in our media and culture, but we have nearly eradicated pollution in the United States. So much so that most Americans are blissfully unaware of how severely polluted the world was for all of human history up to the time of our grandparents.

June 04, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Mental Illness and Mass Killings

If only gun bans or background checks could have kept Elliot Rodger from murdering six innocent people.

June 03, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The Kochocracy

In the bad old days, medieval German Lords figured out how to pocket some quick coin by charging a toll on the primitive paths meandering across their lands. The money wasn't used to improve the roads or better the lives of the peasants or clean the rivers their pigs pooped in but rather heighten the piles in their treasury. Even back then, you just couldn't have enough pewter candlesticks.

June 03, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Mass Murder Knee-Jerks

You all know who he is.

June 01, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Imprinting of Elliot Rodger and Us

When the news first hit that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six students in Santa Barbara, it didn't foreshadow the horrific details yet to come.

June 01, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


D-Day At 70: Some Nagging Questions

I generally pay no attention to 70th anniversary observances, saving up my energies for the 75-year "diamond jubilee" milestones.

May 30, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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Are School Newspapers Hanging By A Thread?

I wish I could tell you that my old alma mater (Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, Tenn.) still publishes a student newspaper, but that ...

February 18, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Republicans Have Lost Their Appetite to Investigate

To best understand the Republican mentality on Capitol Hill - specifically, their disgraceful refusal to probe the Trump-Russia national security scandal with even a scintilla of ...

February 16, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What’s Wrong With Teddy Roosevelt’s America?

What kind of American are you?

February 16, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The FTC Should Not Abandon Qualcomm Case

As the Obama Administration drew to a close, a divided Federal Trade Commission brought suit in U.S. district court against a company named Qualcomm ...

February 15, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Trump Aide Said Something Dangerous on Sunday

One of the great advantages of youth is that it's a time to make mistakes, say silly stuff you might regret later, and generally ...

February 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Will Congress Stop Forcing Pro-Life Americans to Subsidize Abortion?

Last month marked 44 years since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. Roe remains one of the ...

February 14, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The Trumpish Cabinet

In typical liberal fashion, the mean weenie left has called Donald Trump's cabinet horrible things. "Corrupt nitwits." "Career criminals." "Greedy thugs." "Clueless dunces." "Bad ...

February 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


CNN’s a Beacon in Dark Times

The Cable News Network has never quite lived up to its slogan as "The most trusted name in news" - due largely to the public's ...

February 13, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Refugees in America and Kansas

Dear Editor,

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Relax, Mr. President

Donald Trump is driving everyone in Washington nuts with his mad presidential style.

February 11, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Presidents’ Day: Untold Stories Abound

Since Presidents' Day is fast approaching, it is appropriate that three of the books I'm currently juggling on my Kindle Fire are "Lady Bird ...

February 11, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Leave it to Lovecraft to Explain America

What is the United States of America?

February 09, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Don’t Just Reform Taxes, Cut Them

Many Americans who have wrestled with a 1040 form, or who have paid someone to prepare their taxes, no doubt cheered the news that Congress ...

February 09, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

Donald Trump remains haunted by the fact that more people opposed him in November, about 54 percent, than voted for him. The "mandate" he cites ...

February 08, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Democrats Are Completely Lost

Shattered. Splattered. Scattered. Battered. Tattered. Skewered and plattered. Barely mattered. That was the Democrats after November's election. But surely in the months since, they ...

February 08, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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