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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


Would you call that reality T.V.?

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

July 31, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


The Age(s) of Happiness

Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69.

July 31, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


7 Rows of 7 Stars

That's it. Over. Finished. Done with Florida. Consider our long-distance love affair officially at an end. This is not just about the recent verdict by six Sunshine Staters sanctioning the death of a young man for possessing Skittles out of season, or for inventing the whole "stand your ground" law in the first place, allowing all this to go down. A tipping point has been reached. No more verticality to be had.

July 30, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Honest Discussion Needed

Turn on the TV.

July 28, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Once a Weiner, Always a Weiner

The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his boney finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

July 28, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


My “David Cassidy” Hair

First-wave baby boomers will begin turning 67 this year - and they're STILL imposing their ways on younger people, such as tail-end boomers like me.

July 26, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Political Benefits of a Royal Baby

Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution. But this morning, with the arrival of The Royal Baby, I finally get it. The House of Windsor gives the British permission to ignore their political and economic woes, to escape from themselves.

July 26, 2013 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What’s in a name

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

July 25, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Monitoring Media

This is shaping up as a great season for media-watchers. Viewers still go on vacation, but news and entertainment media are busier this summer than ever before, giving us plenty to slice and dice.

July 24, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Yellow Roses and Pink Sneakers

Normally when the general public ponders Texas, a whole lot of big sky and rugged individualism and generosity of spirit springs to mind. The thought of progressive politics is probably farther away than Bedouin olive trays are to an armadillo. But that's exactly what's going on right now as the country's most heroic representatives try their darndest to protect the Lone Star State's most precious commodity. The lives of our precious yellow roses. Our lady folk.

July 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Test-maker Left Behind: Money Short-Changes Education Reform

For the first time since George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind, the House has passed a major rewrite of federal education law. On Friday, the House approved the Student Success Act along party lines-Republicans for, Democrats against-but the bill has little chance of getting past a Democratic Senate and a White House veto threat. Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.

July 23, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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Examining Hillary's So-Called 'Experience'

Experience!

May 02, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Ted Cruz, the Desperate Magician

Imagine if I toured Pennsylvania wearing a crown, going from every diner to gas station announcing myself as Miss Pennsylvania, even though I never participated ...

May 02, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Going for Broke with Obamacare

Everything about health insurance was confusing, stupid and horrible long before Obamacare came along.

May 01, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hillary Can Show Bernie How to Lose With Grace

Despite repeated pummelings - four more losses Tuesday night, including a blowout in Pennsylvania - Bernie Sanders still can't find the high road on his mental ...

May 01, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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


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