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NAFTA 2.0 poses major threats to U.S. workers

The Mexican and Canadian governments are pushing the White House to step up the North American Free Trade Agreement's renegotiation pace and to conclude talks in May. Dubbed NAFTA 2.0, President Trump must proceed cautiously lest he open up the U.S. labor market to a new flood of employment-authorized visa holders.

May 09, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Trump’s artful dodging

Sometimes it takes a year or more for a president's strengths to come into focus. In Donald Trump's case, it is now clear that he excels whenever he bestows upon us the honor of his absence.

May 09, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


An apology to my niece on her college graduation day

Dear Goddaughter,

May 08, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The stunning hubris of Nancy Pelosi

That renowned 20th Century sage and philosopher Satchel Paige once offered this bit of advice: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

May 08, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


The left and their angry brand of comedy

What do Chipotle and the White House Correspondent's Dinner have in common?

May 07, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Who to crucify? Trump or Barabbas?

The Trump Haters hate on and on and...

May 07, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Agriculture - help wanted

First, more beneficial rainfall and some not so beneficial hail and wind swept through the area this past week. Many received an inch or more of precipitation which while helping "ease" the drought situation certainly didn't dramatically ease it for most. This week's drought monitor report is good through 8 a.m. this last Tuesday so it didn't reflect these rains. It shows some easing but much of the state and especially from this area south were still in the grips of a severe drought. This should ease a bit with next week's report but warm ...

May 05, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Columnists


So much for the threat of political correctness

For the past ten or so years, the right wing has been sounding the alarm about the greatest threat to American democracy. This great danger that threatens our way of life to its very core is not gun grabbing liberals, radical jihadists, or even burdensome bureaucratic regulations. All these things, to be sure, are overhyped as existential threats to the viewers of Fox News day in and day out. But the most feared and loathed of them all?

May 05, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Body shaming conservatives is a great liberal sport

Apparently, people angry with Michelle Wolf's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner just don't "get it."

May 05, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Plenty to clean up after dinner

What a shame that the people who will profit most from the tempest that was the White House Correspondents' Dinner are the two who deserve it least: Michelle Wolf and Donald Trump.

May 03, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


His own worst enemy

You don't need a degree in psychoanalysis to figure out that Donald Trump defines himself by his adversaries. The media. His staff. His family. His Cabinet. The intelligence community. College graduates. Democrats. Other Republicans. Mexicans. Muslims. Women. Muslim women. Mexican Muslims. Women who are Mexicanish. The rest of the world.

May 03, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


The constitutional work-around for term limits

I've always wondered why the National Education Association (NEA) and the country club conservatives in the Republican House and Senate leadership aren't allies, instead of enemies. Both organizations use the same tired talking points to defend inert members from the forces of accountability.

May 02, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The growing art of American cursing

Get this: the average American can't get through the day without cursing.

May 02, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


All eyes on Supreme Court with Trump v. Hawaii

Observing the Swamp during the last few weeks, one trend is clear: federal courts are all-powerful, and even though the judges are appointed, not elected, they have the final say in legislative issues. Nevertheless, lower court judges don't have the right to steal American sovereignty or usurp presidential powers including those the Executive Branch has over immigration.

May 01, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Alternate States of America

We, in America, have been living in alternate states of reality for quite some time. They are neither red or blue. They are states of consciousness and perception.

April 30, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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Mother’s Day: The untold story

My personal guess would be "I love you, Mom, but..."

May 12, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


That time a hall of famer and his mom went fishing together

This is a story about my mother, Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams and a fishing trip they took together more than 60 ...

May 12, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Defenseless driving

My eldest and most expensive child recently reached one of those teen milestones that parents often consider with a combination of dread and hopefulness. No ...

May 10, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


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