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President gives wrong message at UN

Presidential addresses to the United Nations General Assembly don't get a lot of press here at home, but they do matter to listeners around the world. And those who heard President Trump's first such address earlier this week may have noticed one concept repeated throughout: sovereignty.

September 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A Woman's View: Traveling abroad

Out of money, energy, and clean clothes, we three women of the "older" set are back from our two weeks in Great Britain. Thought you might want to know what we learned so that you won't make the same mistakes.

September 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Beyond Trump - can Americans survive each other?

Two essays this week, by two very different authors, take us deep into the tribalism that marks our politics. Both should serve as a wake-up call for what we risk losing as a culture – as a nation – if we fail to reconcile our differences and heal long-festering national wounds.

September 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


They grow up so quickly – or do they?

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service, researchers have found what they call a "broad-based cultural shift" in teen behavior.

September 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Why NFL games are unwatchable

"National Football League TV ratings down 13 percent in Week 1."

September 21, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Ban cars because they’re too fast?

Imagine getting a letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation saying your car is banned from public roadways because it's too fast.

September 21, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Global warmists need to lose the arrogance

Natural disasters are no laughing matter, but you'd never know that recently watching God-denier Bill Maher and his "Real Time" show audience. Maher appeared giddy with delight that homes of certain high-profile man-controlled climate change "deniers' were in the path of destructive hurricanes.

September 21, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Afghanistan strategy is the only hope for education reform

The federal government is currently enmeshed in two gigantic, expensive reform projects, one domestic and one foreign. Both are failures even though the tactics couldn't be more different. In one - at a cost of $2.5 trillion - Uncle Sam is trying manfully to completely change a political culture.

September 20, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Republican’s have a bew heath care bill worth considering

The introduction of the new Senate health care bill – authored by senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin with an assist from former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum – comes after so many failed Obamacare repeal efforts that you can forgive the public for greeting it with caution. But the current law is a disaster – premiums and deductibles are spiraling upward while the latest official estimates show 1,478 counties, over 45 percent of the counties in America, will have just one insurance company in 2018. The 2017 ...

September 19, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Where was this Hillary last year?

There's a line in Hillary Clinton's new memoir of the 2016 campaign that may be among the most searingly honest utterances of her long career in public service:

September 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


We should politicize Harvey and Irma

With historic floodwaters still receding in southeast Texas and Florida recovering from a huge storm propelled through Florida by unprecedented windspeeds, certain topics are particularly popular to talk and write about in America right now.

September 18, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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


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Building bridges in and to the future

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is leading the fight to make public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects a reality at a time when they ...

October 10, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The worst mass shooting...until the next one

On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las ...

October 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Finally! ICE targets sanctuary cities

Because they harbor criminal aliens, sanctuary cities and the debate that surrounds them confound immigration law enforcement advocates. The dispute often centers on philosophical questions ...

October 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Ode to the tomato

O ripe tomato, fat and fine

October 07, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump needs to stop ruining Sundays

Opinions on the recent rash of football players taking a knee during the national anthem are like knobby elbows: everybody's got at least one ...

October 07, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Linking arms, but not minds

NFL owners should be flagged for excessive shrewdness. They've managed to obfuscate a legitimate protest against police brutality that had, at least briefly, heightened ...

October 07, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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