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Elvis: Has he really been gone 40 years?

When I think about the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley (August 16), it seems we were living in a completely different world in 1977.

August 07, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why Washington D.C. is not as livable as Pittsburgh

The folks at WalletHub finally got it right.

August 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Apparently, Trump is a winner surrounded by losers

Donald Trump is a winner. Just ask him. After all, he won the presidential election. They don't get much bigger than that. And winners find it distasteful to hang with losers. And that is exactly what someone filled his staff with. Big-time losers. Which is why they are getting replaced faster than lead changes in a NASCAR race with staggered starts and the cars outfitted with 12-ounce gas tanks.

August 05, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Park Rangers: The thin green line

On a dark Mozambique night just over a year ago, sleeping villagers were brutally attacked in their homes. It was coordinated, targeted violence against men who work to stop the poaching of some of the planet's few remaining rhinos. In the past, rhinos numbered in the millions and lived across vast stretches of Asia and Africa. But today a rhino is killed ever eight hours, and estimates indicate there are a mere 30,000 in the wild.

August 03, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


From interstates to leaf blowers, the world is a challenging place

The world is a confusing place. If this wasn't blatantly obvious to any reasonable adult who hasn't been living under a rock, the current political climate at home and afar is certain to have drilled it into their skulls.

August 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Keep the private space race private

Those of us sandwiched between the end of the Baby Boom and the start of Generation X ought to be thought of as The Apollo Generation. We were captivated by the reality of manned space flight and the idea that we too might someday walk on the moon before double digit interest rates, Jimmy Carter, and malaise ruined the rest of our otherwise secure childhoods.

August 02, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Scaramucci: the Italian stereotype we’ve been trying to ditch

When I was younger, I asked my mother if I could add a vowel to the end of my name. "I want people to know that I'm Italian, and with a name like Flowers they won't."

August 01, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Democrats recycle dilapidated message

It is going to take more than recycling a worn-out message with shiny new paper and presenting it wearing wrinkly, dress-down clothes to attract the folks in flyover country.

August 01, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Trump’s military ban on transgenders sensible and scientific

Up until quite recently the official policy on the left was to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable. A CNN propagandist wrote, "If there's anything both sides of America's heated and polarizing gun debate may agree on, it's the need to keep firearms out of the hands of people with serious mental illness."

July 31, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Government waste is alive and well

If you judge someone by their enemies, Tom Schatz is Robin Hood of the swamp, joined by his merry band of government analysts.

July 31, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


When the chips are down, ‘maverick’ McCain shoots blanks

I got tired of John McCain's phony "maverick" act a long time ago, and his hypocritical performance on the Senate floor this week reminded me why.

July 29, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


This column deserves at least a blue ribbon

There are many truisms about living in rural America.

July 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Who knew dogs could keep you so healthy?

Alas, we haven't been a "dog family" since we had to euthanize poor old Turpy; but a time.com article titled "More Evidence That Owning A Dog Is Really Good For You" certainly grabbed my attention.

July 27, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


An Afternoon of ‘Straight Talk’ with John McCain:

If you're a journalist who covers campaigns and politics, the recent news of U.S. Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer is one of those moments when you pause to reflect on the men and women who choose to run, and serve, in elected office.

July 26, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump’s real media angle

Unless you're receiving the daily emails sent by Donald Trump and his team to supporters, you're not getting the full dose of venom that is being directed at the nation's news media.

July 26, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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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


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 ...

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 ...

September 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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