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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


Trump is breaking (the) news

Supposedly, the Chinese or the Arabs or the Scientologists or one of those ancient inscrutable cultures, has a saying that goes "May you live in interesting times." It is generally considered to be a curse. And America right now is living in the most interesting of times. It's breathtaking how thrilling and frenetic the news has gotten. Every single day. It's almost too exciting. In fact, it's starting to look like one of those pre-opening credits sequences of a science-fiction movie that takes place in the ruins of a dystopian civilization. "And Then All Hell Broke Loose."

April 05, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Rural folks living what preppers seek

Get this: More people are fleeing big cities for rural areas and some are doing so because they fear a major financial collapse is imminent.

April 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


All is well in Trumplandia

EAST PENNSBORO TWP, Pa. - President Donald Trump's approval ratings might be in the tank and his legislative agenda might be foundering on Capitol Hill, but don't try asking Dan Mosel if he has a case of buyer's remorse.

April 04, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


‘Climate Science’ isn’t science; it’s religion

The Heartland Institute's 12th International Conference on Climate Change was nothing like I expected. When joining a group described in pejorative terms as "deniers," one would expect to see furtive movements and disreputable haircuts, yet the crowd displayed good humor and a welcoming attitude.

April 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Medicare for all a bad idea

"If it saves me money and everyone has coverage, I have no problem with it."

April 03, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s Still Winning Bigly

If you were watching cable news over the weekend, you might have been tempted to think that, with the defeat-for-now of healthcare reform, President Donald Trump's presidency was seriously on the rocks.

April 01, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump boosts cable’s fortunes

During the campaign, Donald Trump famously conceded that he gets much of his information about world affairs from "the shows." Incredibly, the impact made on Trump's thinking by what he sees on television is even more profound now that he's the leader of the free world.

March 30, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Selling privacy rights wrong

Dear Editor,

March 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Sears, Kmart, malls: My New Worry List

My wife and I met on a blind date at a Bonanza restaurant in a nearby shopping mall nearly 32 years ago, so it was dismaying to drop in on the same mall on a recent Saturday afternoon. Store after store was unoccupied, customers were few and far between and a general "ghostly" ambience prevailed.

March 30, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The head of Trump University got schooled

It has been assailed as the end of democracy. Vilified as a form of slavery. Denigrated, denounced and disparaged. But like a blind, three-legged dog named "Lucky," against all odds, the Affordable Care Act has survived and remains the law of the land.

March 29, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


With TSA, security’s price is indignity

It was probably worse for the Transportation Security Administration officer than it was for me.

March 29, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump Should End Illegal Obamacare Exemption

The House effort to repeal and replace Obamacare flamed out in spectacular fashion and leaders in Congress seem content to move on to other issues. But the American people continue to suffer with skyrocketing premiums and ever-smaller provider networks. About a third of the counties in America have only one insurance company left in the marketplace. Doing nothing is an unacceptable option.

March 28, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Congress Hits ctrl-alt-del on Your Privacy

Governments and legislative bodies often do profoundly stupid things.

March 28, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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Cleaning up Democrats’ health care mess

Last time they were in charge, Democrats created the dumpster fire we know as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, which is nothing more than a ...

May 11, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Bike stunts: Are they safe for your teen?

Even before I read the May 4, Wall Street Journal, I knew a little something about adventurous bicycle-related activities.

May 11, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


President Trump stress disorder

An epidemic is sweeping the nation, causing sufferers to experience feelings of hopeless doom, certain annihilation and cataclysmic collapse. It's an existential plague manifesting ...

May 11, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


State lawmakers nationwide launch a free-speech crackdown

Back in the 1930s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously referred to states as "laboratories of democracy."

May 10, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Hillary Clinton Rehabilitation Tour

In the immediate aftermath of the most demoralizing defeat of her public life, Hillary Clinton displayed grace and dignity, congratulating Donald Trump and urging the ...

May 09, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Fake dirty jeans: just $425 in real money

Every now and then, I come across items in the news that make me worry about the future of our country.

May 09, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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