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Trump’s immigration grade: ‘A’ and ‘F’

President Donald Trump's campaign promises to re-create immigration into a vehicle that helps, rather than hurts Americans, catapulted him into the White House. More than repealing and replacing Obamacare, more than withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and more than draining the swamp, enforcing immigration laws and securing the Southwest border put President Trump in the White House.

April 15, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Trump shouldn’t overlook violence against Christians

It was most serene of all scenes: A choir singing hymns on a Palm Sunday morning. It could have been any church, anywhere in the world.

April 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


A covey of political caucuses

During the Trump Care Meltdown, when the same Republicans that chanted "Repeal & Replace" for seven years folded like a broken down lawn chair in a category 5 hurricane, we learned about a couple mysterious Republican Congressional Caucuses instrumental in torpedoing the AHCA. These two groups come from such opposite sides of the political spectrum they undoubtedly have dartboards with each other's pictures tacked to the middle.

April 13, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


What ’60 Minutes’ missed about foreign workers

Last month's "60 Minutes" feature on the H-1B employment-based visa brought back into national awareness the outrage about displacing U.S. workers with foreign-born labor and, at the risk of losing their severance, forcing Americans to train their overseas replacements. Dissatisfaction with the H-1B has been boiling over since headline-grabbing firings at Disney, Caterpillar and McDonald's, among others. Then-candidate and now President Donald Trump tapped into the national anger about H-1Bs – 85,000 issued annually – and made reforming the visa a focal point of his promises to reform immigration to benefit Americans.

April 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Easter is a time for new life

Suddenly, the lawns have shown a remarkable transformation. The old dry, brittle, brown stuff is lush and green. I remarked to Fred what a difference a few inches of rain make in Kansas; it's like a resurrection! The lilacs are out. The redbud trees are coming alive. Grass is growing again.

April 13, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Edible insects lead to bugs for dinner

"Bugs? They want us to eat bugs?"

April 12, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sometimes saving money is rocket science

It's ironic Elon Musk, one of America's premier subsidy farmers, is also a perfect example of the difference between the private sector and the government when it comes to cost. Musk differs from earlier entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford who became wealthy by building a better mousetrap. Musk became wealthy by harvesting government subsidies.

April 12, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Don’t forget victims of the addicted

The other day, I was riding on the subway when I heard a commotion behind me. People started running around in the car, and a young girl slammed into my seat as if she was fleeing some kind of murderous thug. The reason for the panic was a crack-head who had decided to beat up on a young, innocent man who happened to be riding on the same car.

April 11, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


I, Robot. You, Unemployed.

Elon Musk is so obsessed with self-improving artificial intelligence (A.I.) being mankind's biggest existential threat that he now has a new company, Neuralink.

April 11, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s Answer on Syria: It’s Obama’s Fault

Offered an opportunity to explain what he planned to do about a savage chemical weapons attack in Syria that indiscriminately killed 72 people, including children, President Donald Trump located the true enemy and pounced without mercy:

April 10, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Reflections On My Mother’s 90th Birthday

As my mother's 90th birthday arrives, I realize that in the nearly 57 years our lives have overlapped, we've never really TALKED.

April 10, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Border Wall in Urban Areas Makes Sense

It is staggering to see how the Democratic Party has flip-flopped on border security over the years.

April 08, 2017 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Is Bill O’Reilly Too Big To Fail?

Fox News, where women work at their own risk in a misogynist culture frozen somewhere in the 1950s, is back in crisis mode. Nine months after chairman and accused sexual harasser Roger Ailes was forced out, we're wondering whether accused sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly will be forced out, too.

April 08, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A final warning to tone deaf sanctuary mayors

At a March 28 White House press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired what could be his last warning shot over sanctuary city mayors' heads. Sessions' blunt message: Obey immigration laws or your dangerous cities will lose Department of Justice federal funding, have existing grants canceled, and become ineligible for future grants.

April 06, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Thoughts for the holidays

The confluence of Easter and Passover at mid-month will find many people, stressed more than usual by the state of world affairs and the chaos of domestic politics, seeking answers from their faith.

April 06, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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20 years after his death, a few thoughts about Mike Royko

It was 20 years ago this month that I - along with everyone else in Chicago - woke up to the news that Mike Royko was gone.

April 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump trashes sustainability twice in two weeks

I knew when Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States that he might prove a long-awaited savior to those disillusioned, abandoned Americans ...

April 18, 2017 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists


Don’t go green with this housing industry product

From using reusable shopping bags to driving hybrid cars, consumers have been persuaded they can do their part to protect the environment by changing their ...

April 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


A Subject the Media Should Cover

Sometime this month I hope our rabid anti-Trump media find a little time to cover a subject that has been very important to me since ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


United Package Tours Now Include Hospitalization!

I'm old enough to remember when the United Airlines slogan was: "Fly the Friendly Skies of United." Now, according to Twitter wag GoodJuJu, the ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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