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All politics, all the time?

"It's everywhere you turn these days. I can't take it anymore."

October 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sick of the NFL? Play Kaepernick-Hole

Every time NFL players take a knee during the national anthem, they pierce the hearts of patriotic Americans and military families, including mine.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Facebook is the new big brother

You're putting your life at risk, one like at a time

October 04, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Millionaires & billionaires fighting ‘oppression’

Oppression certainly isn't what it used to be. Instead of vicious police dogs, water cannon, billy clubs and Bull Connor, America is greeted with the sight of millionaires and billionaires kneeling in football stadiums trying to make white America feel guilty without so much as a Chihuahua yapping in the background.

October 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The difference between Kaepernick and a West Point grad

This is the story of two young men: one black, one white, and both of whom wear uniforms.

October 03, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Our Jimmy Kimmel President

Please, Mr. Trump, I'm on bended knee.

October 03, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Meet the new face of Republican extremism

Thank you, Alabama Republicans! Thank you for choosing a Senate candidate whose reactionary ravings and paranoid fictions make Donald Trump look semi-sane.

October 02, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Refugees are not a security risk

Every year since the Refugee Act of 1980, the presidential administration in power has announced its cap number for refugee admissions in the coming fiscal year. On Wednesday, the Trump Administration followed suit, with a notable departure from tradition: Their cap, at 45,000 individuals to be admitted for FY2018, is the lowest such number in the history of this process.

October 02, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Typhoon Trump

Considering the severity of the cascade of disasters descending upon us lately, we should thank our lucky stars we're able to talk about them. Earthquakes, heat-waves, flash-floods, non-flash-floods, wildfires raging across the West, multiple Category 5 hurricanes strafing the Caribbean and Donald Trump addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations. The only way things could get worse is if Mitch McConnell embarked on a singing career.

September 30, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Save your back, while there is still time!

I have witnessed my 13-year-old son Gideon wrestle with his unwieldy school backpack often enough to nod knowingly when I encountered the NBC News story "Why Bags Are Wrecking Our Backs."

September 30, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Peace that surpasses all fidget spinners

Several months ago, while shopping at one of those $6 sales, I found some funny looking circular metal objects in the displays. I asked the ladies in charge, "What on earth are these?"

September 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Fumbling the name game

Sports talk used to be so easy. Guys named Mickey, Hank and Barry hit the long balls. Joe, Brett and Tom tossed the touchdowns.

September 28, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The NFL beat Donald Trump at his own game

On the day that Donald Trump tried to mess with America's national religion, professional football took the knee and beat The Divider-in-Chief at his own game.

September 28, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Sean Spicer ruins the party for liberals

The (liberal) image makeover of Sean Spicer is dramatic, flamboyant and, well, very "Hollywood."

September 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump’s ‘hire American’ order has stalled

While the headlines scream DACA, DACA, DACA deferred action for childhood arrivals, as if all reading America doesn't already know another work authorization program that stumping candidate Trump criticized rolls on.

September 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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Building bridges in and to the future

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is leading the fight to make public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects a reality at a time when they ...

October 10, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The worst mass shooting...until the next one

On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las ...

October 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Finally! ICE targets sanctuary cities

Because they harbor criminal aliens, sanctuary cities and the debate that surrounds them confound immigration law enforcement advocates. The dispute often centers on philosophical questions ...

October 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Ode to the tomato

O ripe tomato, fat and fine

October 07, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump needs to stop ruining Sundays

Opinions on the recent rash of football players taking a knee during the national anthem are like knobby elbows: everybody's got at least one ...

October 07, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Linking arms, but not minds

NFL owners should be flagged for excessive shrewdness. They've managed to obfuscate a legitimate protest against police brutality that had, at least briefly, heightened ...

October 07, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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