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Beyond the Beltway, Democrats are Even Worse Off

We're all so fixated on what's happening right now in Washington - where Team Trump, shocked by its own victory, is scrambling to form a government with predictable incompetence - that it's easy to ignore what's happening in the states beyond the Beltway.

November 17, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Anti-Trump Riots and America’s Lost Generation

Watching the recent anti-Trump post-victory riots on television and the temper tantrums on social media, it's become obvious that, without Divine intervention, the ever-fearful Millennial generation will become known as America's Lost Generation.

November 16, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


A Memo to the Trump Administration on Defense Spending

In a disturbing indication of how difficult it would be to bring military spending in line with actual threats overseas, House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) told President Obama last week that his war funding request of $11.6 billion for the rest of the year was far too low. That figure for the last two months of 2016 is larger than Spain's budget for the entire year! And this is just a "war-fighting" supplemental, not actual "defense" spending! More U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere and the supplemental request is ...

November 16, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump Told Forgotten Folks They Mattered

When people are generally passionate about things, they sometimes exceed the bounds of reason.

November 15, 2016 | Christine Flowers | 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 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


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Veterans Day by the numbers

"I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces."

November 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Thanksgiving: have you already missed it???

As far as Thanksgiving songs are concerned, "Over the River and Through the Woods" may soon be replaced by rock group Chicago's "Does Anybody ...

November 11, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Always searching, sometimes finding

There are those times when something tells you that instead of turning that way, it might be better to turn this way. Have you ever ...

November 09, 2017 | By the Rev. George O. Martin | Columnists


If we can’t discuss issues, how can we solve them?

"I'm afraid to discuss politics and current events with anyone except my wife and best friends, and it's regrettable that millions of Americans ...

November 09, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Another mass shooting, more ‘thoughts and prayers’

"Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now," U.S. House Speaker Paul J. Ryan, R-Wisc., tweeted ...

November 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Emperor has no clothes

Someone needs to cloak Mr. Trump in a copy of the Constitution. The Emperor clearly needs new clothes.

November 08, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


NYC attacker was here legally. so why attack immigrants?

On Tuesday afternoon, a green card holder from Uzbekistan mowed down some innocent tourists in New York City. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on ...

November 08, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It is time to move forward

Well, the 2017 election is over and we await the final vote count which should be sometime next week.

November 08, 2017 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists


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