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Trump Win Predictable, but not to Pollsters

When people tell me that Donald Trump's election as the nation's 45th president shocked them, I reply that they must not be paying attention to what goes on around them. The nation is a mess---the economy is in the doldrums, most of the few available jobs are part-time and low-paying, the infrastructure is crumbling, the massive $20 trillion national debt is getting bigger, the $531 billion trade deficit is poised to go higher---and these are merely the most glaring problems that have festered under President Obama.

November 15, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


What Did Voters Really See?

So, the most frequent refrain since Election Day is that "no one saw this coming." Not the pollsters, not the media, not the Democrats' machine.

November 14, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Get a Grip, Losers

It's all over.

November 14, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


In Victory, A Side of Trump I Didn’t Expect

The campaign is done. The votes are counted. And America is waking up from one of the strangest, angriest and most divisive presidential campaigns in recent memory.

November 12, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump Win Predictable, but not to Pollsters

When people tell me that Donald Trump's election as the nation's 45th president shocked them, I reply that they must not be paying attention to what goes on around them. The nation is a mess---the economy is in the doldrums, most of the few available jobs are part-time and low-paying, the infrastructure is crumbling, the massive $20 trillion national debt is getting bigger, the $531 billion trade deficit is poised to go higher---and these are merely the most glaring problems that have festered under President Obama.

November 12, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


For Love of Country

My father served in the Second World War. He was on the ground in northern Africa and Italy. He lived during a time when the threat of war engulfed every major nation and when the call to serve weighed heavily on the mind of every American. Millions were drafted into our armed forces, joining men and women who had volunteered knowing that they could make the difference between freedom and tyranny for generations of Americans to come. My father and the people around him served with one thing in mind – one thing that outweighed the fear they felt, the way ...

November 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


The Primal Scream for Trump and What It Means

I didn't think it would happen. I was wrong. And if it's true what they say, that misery loves company, well, I have plenty of it.

November 10, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


On Veterans Day we hear stories never before told

Many years ago there was a television show named Queen for a Day. It was on NBC so it was a channel we could watch in Great Bend. It featured one mother who would win a prize that was the equivalent of living like royalty. Mothers with names like Shirley, Gladys or Rita would be reduced to tears at the announcement they would receive something absurdly valuable in those days to a home maker, like a new clothes washer. The show was a ratings smash.

November 10, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


America Needs a Smart Infrastructure Program

With less than a week before the presidential election, attention in the nation's capital is turning slowly to what might be accomplished during the "lame duck" - that period when legislative business is conducted after the voting has done but before the new Congress is sworn in.

November 09, 2016 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Don’t Encase Your Children in Bubble Wrap

I doubt that I would see eye-to-eye on any political topic with Leslie Kendall Dye, but we are muy simpatico when it comes to child-raising philosophy. Dye writes in the Washington Post that she's tired of busybodies warning that her daughter is about to be maimed.

November 09, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Christmas Creep

A sign on the door at Starbucks advised that hours on Christmas Day will be 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Good to know-but 60 days in advance? Inside the Paso Robles, Calif. store coffee was being served in festive green cups, although outside it was 82 degrees on a sunny fall afternoon.

November 08, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Americans Want a Different Foreign Policy

I have said throughout this presidential campaign that it doesn't matter much which candidate wins. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are authoritarians and neither can be expected to roll back the leviathan state that destroys our civil liberties at home while destroying our economy and security with endless wars overseas.

November 08, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Vote for Trump

Trump or Clinton?

November 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hillary’s ‘Wise Judgment’ Claims Reduced to Dust

It was only a matter of time before we figured out who Anthony Weiner would screw next.

November 07, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Campaigns Hit Sour Notes

Win or lose, after Election Day it's safe to assume that one or both of the presidential candidates will be singing a different tune. Thank goodness for that.

November 05, 2016 | Peter Funt | 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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