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Are you excited about rock ‘n’ roll farewell tours?

I think I jinxed myself when I told my wife that Neil Diamond was one of the few singers I might actually go to the trouble of seeing in concert.

February 26, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

After Hurricane Maria, a catch-22 for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on September 20, 2017, devastated Puerto Rico, and has created a Catch-22. Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island in the thousands, bound mainly for Florida, New York and Illinois where family and friends will embrace them. For departing Puerto Ricans, this is a bittersweet time. Leaving their beloved island is hard but born of necessity. For many, everything was lost - about 500,000 houses, cars and all earthly possessions - a "catastrophic event," rarer than a disaster, according to University of Delaware sociology professor Tricia Wachtendorf, a catastrophe relief expert.

February 24, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Team Trump’s problem with security clearances

Then-candidate Trump's race for president was erratic and unfocused, bouncing from controversy to controversy and digging in on new arguments and issues every day. Yet throughout the cacophony, he had one line that always stayed consistent: Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, had committed a grave offense in her failure to properly manage classified information at the State Department.

February 24, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

Republican cherry picking

We all know what "cherry picking" is. Sifting through available evidence to pluck out the bits and pieces that support one particular narrative while ignoring everything that reinforces the contrary. Also known as selective amnesia. Or advertising.

February 22, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists

My genuine bipartisan compromise offer

The nation just witnessed what the OpMedia and the Commentariat like to call "bipartisan legislation." The occasion was the two-year spending-palooza that Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell and The Boy Ryan passed.

February 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Now is the time to politicize gun violence

Now is the time to politicize gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, how can we not?

February 21, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

Ice Dancer

February 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists

Are your old photos a tricking time bomb?

For most of my adult life, I kicked myself because I had carried a one-of-a-kind childhood photo (featuring me, my brother and our cousins) in my wallet until the snapshot disintegrated.

February 21, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

I’m failing at passwords

I have several online accounts that I use a few times year and not once have I gained access without first trying several passwords and then clicking "Forgot Password" to begin the damnable process of getting a new one.

February 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

George Washington’s history? It’s complicated

"What do you mean that America's youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?"

February 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Yes, a Republican running for Congress is also a Nazi

Forget Washington for a moment. Forget the news that the Republican Congress has voted to massively deepen the budget deficit, the same deficit they used to blame Obama for. Instead, let's trek to the American Midwest and play "Meet the Nazi."

February 19, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists

It’s still not guns

During the intense media coverage of Wednesday's tragic events in Parkland, Fla., I was shocked to hear it was the 18th school shooting so far this year.

February 19, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

What if it was your daughter, Mr. President?

Imagine late one night there's a knock at your front door. You open it. Standing before you is your grown daughter. She's crying. Her nose has been bloodied, one eye is puffy and bruised. She tells you her husband hit her.

February 17, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

Congress indifferent to Puerto Rico’s tragedy

After an absence of more than 50 years, I returned to Puerto Rico this month to view firsthand Hurricane Maria's devastation. I spent most of my formative years growing up in Puerto Rico, attended a local high school, and took my first post-college job on the island. My emotional ties to Puerto Rico are strong; my son, a true borinqueno, and one of my sisters were born in San Juan.

February 17, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

It’s madness to surrender in the war on drugs

I recently read a commentary by someone who urged us to stop using the word "addict," because it somehow stigmatizes drug users. We were told not to talk about injection sites, because these city-sanctioned alternatives to the street are not just for heroin users. We were asked to limit the use of needle images, because research shows that they trigger a bad reaction in substance abuse sufferers.

February 15, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

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We must keep our eyes open

"Captain Jack" Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called "The Poet Scout." Following is ...

March 12, 2018 | Brian Hunhoff | Columnists

It is a basic American right

The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives.

March 10, 2018 | Jim Zachary | Columnists

Parkland school shooting is your government at rest

During his nationwide 'Don't Blame Me' tour, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told the Miami Herald he was unable to arrest the Parkland school ...

March 08, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Jared Kushner’s no good, very bad week

It's been a rough week in Washington for Jared Kushner.

March 08, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

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