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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


Hey, feds, take your ethanol mandate and shovel it!

My back is sore from shoveling snow - and it's the federal government's fault.

January 24, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The security threat posed by s---hole countries

President Trump's dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don't share his skin tone is frightening. Equally disturbing is his ignorance of history, his inability to think strategically, and his incomprehensible approach to international relations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his assessment of Africa.

January 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Raw water: threat or menace?

Thirty-plus years ago, aunt Addie Lee dropped in on the farmhouse that my parents used for storage and family cookouts. She quaffed a glass of sparkling tap water and waxed eloquent about how our good ol' spring water put to shame the over-processed H2O from the municipal water works.

January 23, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The truth about a government shutdown

This weekend the United States Treasury bumped up against the "debt ceiling." This debt ceiling is to the government like the credit card limit is to your dreams of really furnishing your man cave.

January 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Wolff’s book resonates because Trump keeps confirming it

Nobody is more stunned about the stratospheric sales of "Fire and Fury" than the guy who wrote it.

January 22, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Reflections on hospitals and caregivers

This week's column is difficult for me to write. However, I wish to dedicate this week to every grieved family in America. You see, we are in serious danger of losing our grown son. We and many, many of you are praying and we rely on that prayer to strengthen us and to hopefully turn this situation around. We do have faith, and we do trust God with His Will.

January 20, 2018 | By Judi Tabler guest columnist | Columnists


One year in, Trump remains his own worst enemy

When it came to a recent column about President Donald Trump's preference for "executive time" that includes a healthy dose of cable news viewing and unhinged Tweeting, the reader wasn't in the mood to hold back.

January 20, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Washington is my only hope against Girl Scout cookies

I'm on a diet - a miserable diet just as millions of Americans are during January every year. And to be successful, I want the federal government to intervene.

January 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


iPhone Xcess

For my eldest and most expensive daughter's fifteenth birthday, she requested a new cell phone/adolescent life-support unit. Because my own cell phone was operating at roughly the capacity of an elderly rodent limping on a miniature treadmill, I decided that we'd both take the opportunity for an upgrade (cell phone code for "an almost exact replica of the phone you have now, except for a couple of unnecessary features that'll be completely obsolete by the time you get from inside the cell phone store back to your car").

January 18, 2018 | Jason Graves | Columnists


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Spring break, or bust

As an educator, I feel blessed that I usually have the same spring break as my three daughters, which means we get to spend a ...

April 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Trump’s latest headache is in Wisconsin

Earlier this week in Wisconsin, a state governed by Koch Brothers subsidiary Scott Walker, one million voters cast ballots to fill a seat on the ...

April 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Cost is what ails health care

"I'm lucky to have health insurance, but I still can't afford to go to the doctor."

April 12, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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