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Make Obamacare Voluntary

Just before Christmas, the Obama administration issued a blanket waiver for millions of Americans from the individual mandate requiring purchase of government-approved health insurance. The waiver, whose announcement was choreographed to give political credit to Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, was limited to individuals and families whose health plans were canceled by Obamacare. As Washington Post liberal blogger Ezra Klein put it: "Obamacare itself is the hardship" that qualifies cancelees for a hardship exemption.

January 08, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Can Obama Recover?

Despite what some called "Obama's worst year ever" and what everyone agreed was terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Obamacare rollout, Barack Obama's job approval rating has bounced back out of the 30s and into the mid-40s-not great, but neither the inexorable slide into oblivion that many predicted. Once again, the reports of Obama's political death have been greatly exaggerated, begging the question as to why pundits seem so eager to pronounce his last rites.

January 07, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Water Woes Out West

"My cat knows how to turn the faucet in the upstairs bathroom and I believe she ran the water for nine hours while I was out."

January 05, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Suggestions for Liberals in 2014

Because things are not going well for liberals who have driven the Democrat Party out of the American mainstream, I thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of suggestions for them to consider in 2014. So here goes:

January 05, 2014 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


This Is 2014 - Whatever THAT Means

Unless you're talking to time travelers or the severely inebriated, please do not use the phrase "This is 2014" this year.

January 03, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

Here are some suggested New Year's resolutions for some folks, parties and companies:

January 03, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


The Forgotten Republican Rebrand

Heckuva job with that rebranding, Republicans. They started 2013 hoping to rejoin modern America but ended it once again on the wrong side of history. By embracing Phil Robertson's prejudice against gays and blacks and rebuffing Pope Francis' call for economic justice, Republicans have made it clear that they would rather hold onto unchristian religious views than make the changes needed to win national elections again.

January 02, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Obama Channels Nixon

President Obama, despondent over his low poll numbers and the lack of trust many Americans have for him and his policies, did something drastic. He met with the psychic medium who once helped Hillary Clinton contact the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt. With the medium's help, Obama summoned the only presence in America who could help him: Richard Milhous Nixon.

January 02, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

It's time for our New Year's resolutions. The most popular ones include losing weight, getting out of debt, drinking less and reducing stress. Experts say 95% of these are broken by January 8. But enough of me. What follows are my resolutions/wishes for other people.

January 01, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


And the most admired man in America is ...

Happy New Year, everybody, and God bless America.

January 01, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


WILL DUR$T’$ 2013 XMA$ GIFT WI$H LI$T

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And finally over. Thank the maker. Because if The Little Drummer Boy was played within my immediate vicinity one more time, somebody was going to have a bacon-flavored candy cane crammed into an orifice that doesn't naturally accommodate candy canes. Bacon or otherwise.

December 31, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Digital Textbooks: Are They Inevitable?

When I was a student, I loathed the make-work project of painstakingly erasing all my pencil marks from my textbooks at the end of the school year (especially since the next year I would inevitably inherit textbooks whose previous user's markings had spontaneously regenerated), but future scholars may be spared such drudgery.

December 31, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


They, Too, Will Be Missed

Humanitarian Nelson Mandela. Actor Peter O'Toole. Novelist Tom Clancy. Interviewer David Frost. Actress Julie Harris. Senator Harry Byrd Jr.

December 29, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Our Hope Remains in Embracing the True Spirit of Christmas

Despite the fact that he has more academic alphabet soup behind his name than anyone else I know, including a doctorate in education, my baby brother often surprises me with the breadth of his common sense and the depth of his wisdom. A few years ago, I gave him a plaque bearing a quote from Mark Twain. It read: "I have never allowed my schooling to interfere with my education." He hung it on the wall of his office. I attribute this humility to my brother's Christian faith, his conservative political philosophy (on most things), and from not taking ...

December 27, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


The Key to New Year’s Resolutions

There's a reason why only 8 percent of New Year's resolutions are kept: Too many of us make resolutions that lack resolve.

December 27, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Hillary’s done her fair share of lying, too

Without trust, can there be any real relationship?

September 29, 2016 | BY JOSEPH COTTO | Columnists


Holt’s great divide

As a syndicated newspaper columnist, a Clinton supporter, and one who teaches journalism to high school students, I was taken aback by reaction to – and ...

September 29, 2016 | BY PETER FUNT | Columnists


Debunking the newspapers are dying idea

Imagine waking up in a world without newspapers. "Ha!" You say, "I haven't gotten a newspaper in years." But I'm not talking about ...

September 29, 2016 | David Chavern | Columnists


Power of the press is in being the Way to Know for news consumers

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 ...

September 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


As a Journalist, Holt Stumbled Badly

Before taking his seat at Monday night's presidential debate, Lester Holt confided to the audience in the hall that his knees were shaking. Ninety ...

September 28, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Wells Fargo or the Federal Reserve: Who’s the Bigger Fraud?

The Wells Fargo bank account scandal took center stage in the news last week and in all likelihood will continue to make headlines for many ...

September 28, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The Comeback of Cursive

Get this: After many schools have phased out cursive writing lessons across America, more schools are bringing the lessons back.

September 27, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


October Surprises

Something craven infects political candidates as the days dwindle down to a precious few, especially when prospects for victory appear slimmer than an emaciated giraffe ...

September 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Let Trump Be Trump

For months we've been hearing complaints from the pundits that Donald Trump has not given us a clear idea about how he plans to ...

September 26, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Political Reporters are Still Ignoring Clinton

Hiding behind the shiny objects fascinating so-called journalists this week, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have actually spoken of policies that could affect your life ...

September 26, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Charlotte Protesters Aren't Patriots, They're Criminals

After watching the city of Charlotte go up in flames this week, I took to Facebook with this:

September 26, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


No, You're Not Going to be Killed by a Refugee

You know what the great thing about Skittles is?

September 24, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Parenting With Precision: Are We There Yet?

"I wish I'd found you 10 or 12 years ago!"

September 24, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Life Lessons from our dogs: the Leawood Doggie Dunk

Anyone who has read Willie Morris' book "My Dog Skip" or seen the movie of the same name falls into one of two categories: the ...

September 24, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


12 Hours of Terror: Just Another Weekend in Leftist-run America

We live in a country run by people who tell us that if a man puts on a dress and says he's a woman ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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