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How to survive a southern snowpocalypse

Snow in East Texas is only slightly less rare than a parade of CNN reporters wearing red "Make America Great Again" caps while singing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" in downtown Pyongyang. This year, though, the impossible happened, and East Texas was blanketed with a couple of inches of powder. Only this time, it wasn't the usual dunes of yellow pollen from a bunch of turned on pine trees that need to get a room.

February 03, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists

Technology and the paper makers petition

Every time disruptive technology becomes widely adopted, those who rely on what is has displaced often turn to the government seeking protection. It's a phenomenon well described in the 18th century by Frederic Bastiat who, in a famous essay entitled "The Candlemakers' Petition," described the demands made of the French government by candlemakers seeking to block the sun from competing against them.

February 01, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists

Lighten up, critics, it’s Groundhog Day

If I were Punxsutawney Phil, I might think twice before coming out of my burrow this year.

February 01, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Shut up or shut down

Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting "inherently unpredictable" systems. It is also an apt description of the study of the Trump presidency. Those closest to the president say he thrives on chaos, relishes tumult, and takes perverse pleasure in stirring up conflict among advisers and associates. The president is energized by noise. While this style of management may have served him as a businessman, it has limited his ability to lead and govern effectively.

January 31, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

Warning: 24-hour news causes truth decay

With his famed utterance that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan had to have known, on some level, that he was offering a cliche destined to last the ages.

January 31, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Beware the ‘conservative’ who grows in office

The maddening problem facing conservatives fighting the growth of Big Government is that much of the growth is fertilized by former conservatives who start growing first. The phenomena is most evident in benighted lands that don't impose term limits and have legislative bodies that meet year around.

January 30, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Democrats are masters at political posturing

Remember the yelling, screaming and personal attacks on the credibility of Republicans who opposed slapping the Unaffordable Care Act onto the federal spending bill just four years ago?

January 30, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

The false choice between the dreamers and the military

While it is a pleasant surprise that last weekend's shutdown was resolved so quickly, there is hardly time for a sigh of relief. In just a few short weeks, the latest continuing resolution will run out - leaving the government without funds once more.

January 29, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

Baseball says ‘no’ to cheaters

Since the advent of sabermetrics, the already insufferable annual argument about who should get into the dysfunctional Baseball Hall of Fame has become more tedious.

January 29, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Reign of error

It's been quite a year, the exact reverse of that whole "time flies when you're having fun" thing. These last twelve months have slogged by like cold molasses riddled with bat guano dripping through a tightly woven bamboo sieve. It seems like decades since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Shouldn't he be termed out by now?

January 27, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists

Trump and his toadies don tinfoil hats

A wild animal is most dangerous when it's cornered. We're seeing that now.

January 27, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Funeral for a friend: farewell Mark Allan

My brother Tim's text message pinged my phone last Sunday morning. "Mark Allan died. His obit is in today's Tribune." I closed my eyes and a flood of distinct memories came rushing back. And a week later I'm still thinking about Mark, the Allan family, and the universe we shared in a window of time that spanned the late 60's and early 70's.

January 27, 2018 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

Dan Rather returns

He looked pretty good sitting behind the antique partners desk in his home-office. In fact, darn good for a newsman of 86.

January 25, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Stop misrepresenting the Statue of Liberty!

They'll do it every time.

January 25, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

The consequences of our racist President

Last week, during discussions on a bipartisan immigration compromise, President Trump set a new low bar. During the conversation, he purportedly demanded to know why we wanted "all these people from s---hole countries" in Central America and Africa coming to the United States, requesting people from "places like Norway" instead.

January 24, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

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Parkland school shooting is your government at rest

During his nationwide 'Don't Blame Me' tour, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told the Miami Herald he was unable to arrest the Parkland school ...

March 08, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Jared Kushner’s no good, very bad week

It's been a rough week in Washington for Jared Kushner.

March 08, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

President Trump is coming for your guns

The gun lobby has long stoked its constituents with the nightmare scenario of a president who'd swipe their God-given right to own weapons. The ...

March 07, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Media struggle when Trump actually makes news

The Trump Administration's efforts to make policy and govern while also dealing with its own internal West Wing drama has news media careening, almost ...

March 07, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Illegal immigration declines, forcing wages up

A new Center for Migration Studies (CMS) report showed that between 2010 and 2016, illegal immigration declined 8 percent, down from 11.7 million to ...

March 06, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Gun control starts at home

President Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.

March 06, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

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