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Beware overregulation of online gaming

In America, gaming is a very serious business. It's made a lot of people very wealthy and provided quite a few states with new sources of revenue that up to now have helped keep budgets balanced.

September 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Desperate for tax reform that simplifies

"Help!" said the fellow, surrounded by a pile of papers. "I don't think I'm going to make it through this 1040 tax form."

September 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


How they spent their summer vacation

And so we bid a hearty "Welcome Back" to our elected representatives as they reluctantly trudge back to Washington following their annual summer recess, and the fact that it sounds like a holdover from elementary school is no accident. Ostensibly this respite from the business at hand is meant to renew, refresh, recharge and reload so they can be rested and relaxed as they fight for we, their constituents. Mostly though, they raise campaign funds.

September 16, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


It’s time for the government to protect tech consumers

Global business practices are now under scrutiny like never before thanks to President Trump's pledge to pull the U.S. out of bad trade deals. The idea that industrial giants have been acting in ways counter to principles countries have agreed upon is the subject of considerable debate as policymakers formulate new policies to keep us integrated in the global economy.

September 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The Democrats have a Hillary Clinton problem

As she embarks on her spread the blame tour to juice sales of her book, "What Happened," Hillary Clinton risks becoming a caricature - an embittered sore loser driven by vanity and incapable of accepting any narrative or explanation that differs from hers.

September 14, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Hillary and Co. should chill

My message to certain Democrats, starting with Hillary Clinton: Don't go away mad, just go away.

September 13, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


DACA: Delayed accountability for contemptuous aliens

Remember when candidate Donald Trump promised when he was president, "We're going to win so much. You're going to get tired of winning."?

September 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Important Italians America want to vilify

On March 14, 1891, in the city of New Orleans, 11 Italian Americans were lynched by an angry mob. The anger stemmed from a jury's failure to convict the men of killing a police officer, Daniel Hennessy. Refusing to accept the verdicts, a crowd marched to the prison where the acquitted defendants were held post-trial, broke down the doors screaming "We want the Dagoes!" and murdered the following men: Antonio Bagnetto, Joseph P. Macheca, Antonio Marchesi, Antonio Scaffidi, James Caruso, Rocco Geraci, Pietro Monasterio, Emmanuele Polizzi, Frank Romero, and Charles Traina.

September 12, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


What to do about North Korea

Seems like there are two North Korea options: Bomb the hell out of them and kill innocent people, or hope North Korea doesn't bomb innocent people first.

September 12, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


A cowardly White House using dreamers as human shields

Quite beyond being morally repugnant and an offense to human decency, the Trump White House's announcement Tuesday that it's rescinding the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," or DACA, is the ultimate exercise in political cynicism.

September 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Should Democrats do a deal for the Dreamers?

Let's stick with the story about the Dreamers - the 800,000 young immigrants Trump wants to kick out of the country - because we need to talk about the Democrats. You may remember the Democrats. They're the people who need a crowbar to break into the news cycle.

September 11, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Lesson

September 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Network TV: Does it deserve to live?

I am tickled to continue my 43-year tradition of obtaining the Fall Preview "TV Guide," but Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore seems despondent about the state of the five over-the-air "legacy networks" (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CW).

September 09, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Sprawl kills - literally

Los Angeles County, the nation's most populated with more than 10 million residents, is in an emergency state, per Governor Jerry Brown's declaration. The largest inferno in Los Angeles' history has forced hundreds from their homes.

September 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Media reports on antifa... finally

The Washington Post headline is absolutely astonishing:

September 07, 2017 | Rick Jensen | 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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