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Change is like an old building

They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back. The little theater, a dancehall named Oscar's Palladium on North Second Street in Sargent, Neb., had once been the scene of shows on a Midwest vaudeville circuit, then dances featuring big bands such as Tommy Dorsey's, then early rockers. And then it closed.

August 02, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


From parole to the pre-season

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 02, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Summer Camp

Dear Mom and Dad, It's been less than a week since you dropped me off at summer camp. You better come get me 'cause I'm in big trouble. On my first day, I was feeling homesick. So I found a piece of wood and began carving it with my Swiss Army knife the way Daddy showed me. Well, one of the counselors yelled at me to "freeze." He took my knife, then patted me down. Then he marched me off to the camp director. The director said, who did I think I was bringing a lethal weapon, a ...

August 01, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Despite Increasing Poverty and Unemployment, Immigration Advocacy Continues

Paul Ryan, U. S. Representative, Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice-presidential candidate recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably." No one argues. During the fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson first promised to end poverty, the United States has wasted $15 trillion; 46 million Americans live in poverty and 15 million more receive food stamps than before the 2007 recession started. The complete story is worse than Ryan indicated. For every job that the White House claims to have created, two Americans have been added to the food stamp roles. Over the weekend ...

August 01, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Would you call that reality T.V.?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 31, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


The Age(s) of Happiness

Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69.

July 31, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


7 Rows of 7 Stars

That's it. Over. Finished. Done with Florida. Consider our long-distance love affair officially at an end. This is not just about the recent verdict by six Sunshine Staters sanctioning the death of a young man for possessing Skittles out of season, or for inventing the whole "stand your ground" law in the first place, allowing all this to go down. A tipping point has been reached. No more verticality to be had.

July 30, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Honest Discussion Needed

Turn on the TV.

July 28, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Once a Weiner, Always a Weiner

The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his boney finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

July 28, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


My “David Cassidy” Hair

First-wave baby boomers will begin turning 67 this year - and they're STILL imposing their ways on younger people, such as tail-end boomers like me.

July 26, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Political Benefits of a Royal Baby

Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution. But this morning, with the arrival of The Royal Baby, I finally get it. The House of Windsor gives the British permission to ignore their political and economic woes, to escape from themselves.

July 26, 2013 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What’s in a name

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 25, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Monitoring Media

This is shaping up as a great season for media-watchers. Viewers still go on vacation, but news and entertainment media are busier this summer than ever before, giving us plenty to slice and dice.

July 24, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Yellow Roses and Pink Sneakers

Normally when the general public ponders Texas, a whole lot of big sky and rugged individualism and generosity of spirit springs to mind. The thought of progressive politics is probably farther away than Bedouin olive trays are to an armadillo. But that's exactly what's going on right now as the country's most heroic representatives try their darndest to protect the Lone Star State's most precious commodity. The lives of our precious yellow roses. Our lady folk.

July 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Test-maker Left Behind: Money Short-Changes Education Reform

For the first time since George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind, the House has passed a major rewrite of federal education law. On Friday, the House approved the Student Success Act along party lines-Republicans for, Democrats against-but the bill has little chance of getting past a Democratic Senate and a White House veto threat. Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.

July 23, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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End the Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Scam

Since President Obama's first year in office, the federal government has been illegally using your federal tax dollars to pay lobbyists at the state and local level to lobby for tax hikes, zoning restrictions, and other nanny state policies that pick your pockets and limit your freedom. Every time a scandal breaks or Congress tries to crack down on abuses, the grant-making program changes its name and keeps on going.

April 15, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Why Rand Paul is Doomed to Lose

Rand Paul's prospects of ever being president are on a par with the Philadelphia Phillies' odds of winning the pennant. If he somehow makes it to the Oval Office, I will personally climb Mt. Everest and chisel his curly locks into the rocks.

April 14, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Ted’s Cruise to the Far Right

Texas stereotype shattered. Texas stereotype confirmed.

April 14, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Slow-Motion Justice

Justice has been done in Boston, but it's not finished.

April 12, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


California’s License Scheme Punishes Its Poor

Imagine if a doctor struggled to pay a small debt and as punishment the government took away his stethoscope. Or, if a ballerina owed money and was forced to surrender her toe shoes. Makes no sense, right?

April 12, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


FAQ: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Q. Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. What's the big deal?

April 10, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Marco Rubio: Style Over Substance

Over the last several months, Marco Rubio has been mentioned by the national media so many times one might think he was just elected president.

April 10, 2015 | | Columnists


I'd Forgotten Peace Was Possible

The President of the United States of America announced a peace deal with Iran. It's been so long that American leadership in the world sought peace through diplomacy I forgot we had it in our foreign policy tool box. The last time that occurred to me was on a Spring Break trip to Arkansas, which, granted, is also not an idea that occurs to many people.

April 09, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Tax-Time Misery

When I came to, I was on my back on the floor of my accountant's office.

April 09, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Political Pandering over Religious Freedom Bill

Apple CEO Tim Cook should know better than to freak out over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). His company was also the victim of media alarmism and hyperbole.

April 08, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama and Iran: The Upside of Talking to Adversaries

The president was talking to America's enemy, extending his hand in the interests of peace, and the war hawks were going nuts. One conservative leader assailed "a weakened president, weakened in spirit as well as in clout." Another conservative leader denounced the president as "a useful idiot for (enemy) propaganda." A top conservative columnist lamented the president's "moral disarmament."

April 08, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Road Sage

Next to Interstate 15, about 45 miles south of Las Vegas, sit three mysterious structures that look like gigantic table lamps giving off blinding light.

April 07, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Democrats Win in Indiana

March Madness hit Indiana hard this week.

April 07, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The End of the Civil War: The 150th Anniversary

When we were teenagers, my "the South's gonna do it again" younger brother bought into some weird conspiracy theory that Gen. Robert E. Lee didn't really surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. Lee supposedly thought he was merely handing his sword over to someone for cleaning. (The deniers who concocted the theory apparently also believed that Europeans never really landed in the New World but just filmed it out in the desert somewhere.)

April 05, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Springtime in Washington

Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C.

April 05, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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