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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


Humbled by Harvey, Americans help

"It makes me feel guilty for complaining about any little problems that I am facing."

September 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If at first you don’t succeed ...

In case you haven't realized it, this world if filled with systems that just don't work, or don't work as they were intended to.

September 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Boy, Labor Day came fast this year

Labor Day? Already? You got to be kidding. How the hell did that happen? Eight months of the year have expired? 2017 is two-thirds over? That is so frightening because any day now radio stations are going to switch to wall-to-wall Christmas music.

September 06, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Temple to journalist’s self - regard falls on hard times

Evidently, America just wasn't that in to you.

September 06, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Helping Houston the American way

Houston is trying to dry itself out and recover from the historic floods of Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No action by Trump on opioid epidemic

Earlier this month, at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., President Donald Trump looked solemnly into the camera, and declared that America's opioid epidemic was a "national emergency," and a "serious problem the likes of which we've never seen."

September 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Big government is bad until red states need help

It's an old story, freshened anew by Hurricane Harvey: Republicans profess to hate "Big Guvmint" as a matter of principle - until catastrophe hits a red state. Suddenly, they're fine with federal spending and completely dump their rhetorical boilerplate about the nanny state.

September 03, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to play lottery

A couple of years ago I was a pallbearer for a fellow in denial about his gambling addiction, so I viewed with interest the Wall Street Journal opinion piece "Powerbull: The Lottery Loves Poverty," by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.

September 01, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


What Trump says vs. what Trump means

Most presidents try to avoid controversy by painstakingly parsing their words like a fifth grader conserving an allowance at the county fair. Reluctant to reflect even the hint of a whisper of a shadow of a rumpus. But Donald Trump is not most presidents. He is as singular as a smokestack in a cotton field.

August 31, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Sit, stay, good parents

I am seeing a pattern emerging.

August 30, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Leftists’ goal is to wear us down

They are trying to wear us down.

August 29, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Discovery of Trumpophobia would help deplorables

The last couple of weeks have been so stressful for Trump voters that conversion to Islam is looking increasingly attractive as a means of avoiding media scrutiny.

August 29, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

September 11, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Lesson

September 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


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