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Hot & Cold: Air Conditioning's Mixed Blessing

Air conditioning was invented 110 years ago and, boy, has it changed the world - both for the good and not so good.

August 19, 2015 | | Columnists


More Democrats Promising Free Stuff

Democrat Bernie Sanders has hit upon a popular theme for his presidential campaign: "Free Stuff for Voters!" Martin O'Malley and Hillary Clinton have hitched a ride on the wagon, too.

August 18, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump Pulls No Tweets

Much as we would like to, many of us find Donald Trump difficult to ignore, as he dominates debates, news coverage and early polls. Easily overlooked, however, is what he has managed to do with social media - most jarringly, Twitter.

August 18, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump, Trumpies & RINOs Trouble the GOP

Donald Trump did wonders for Fox News' ratings and Megyn Kelly's star power last week.

August 16, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Should Men Wear Shorts In The Office?

Will "aw shucks" businessmen someday say, "We put our pants on half a leg at a time, just like everyone else"?

August 16, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From Venus

Over the last several years, both of America's major political parties have become radicalized.

August 14, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Renting, the New American Dream

Get this: Renting is the new American dream. And that doesn't bode well for America.

August 14, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


89% Sure Congress Won't Reject Iran Deal

Want to know a secret? Congress isn't going to stop the Iran nuclear deal, and not because of the merits, popularity or the fact that despite what everyone's telling you, they can't really stop it (more on that later). I can say with near certainty that the Iran deal is a done deal because that's what an overwhelming majority of D.C. insiders are betting will happen.

August 13, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


First Anniversary Has Me Missing Mom

I've spent the last few weeks trying to figure out how I would commemorate the first anniversary of my mother's death on August 8, 2014. I wasn't sure that I'd be able to adequately convey its significance in my altered life.

August 13, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Stop Obama's Clean Power Grab

In President Obama's first big speech to Congress, just a month after he took office, he said, "I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon."

August 12, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Congress Too Gutless to Raise the Gas Tax

If you want to see Washington in action - or, more precisely, Washington inaction - consider its latest wimpish response to our infrastructure crisis.

August 12, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Meet Mom & Dad, the Libido Extinguishers

Displaying that tone of pretentious concern that it's made famous, the New York Times writes that as of 2014 the U.S. birthrate has declined for the sixth consecutive year. One would think the Times, of all papers, would be overjoyed by this development, since the decline means a reduction in number of little carbon producers in the future.

August 11, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Politically Correct Summer Camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

August 11, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


No Sale, Mr. Obama

Did you catch President Obama's sales speech for his Iranian nuclear deal at American University?

August 09, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Weak Recovery Has ‘Staycations’ Here to Stay

"I wanted to go to the beach, but the wife tells me we barely have the funds to go miniature golfing!"

August 09, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Blaming 'The Other' for Orlando

I woke up, like everyone else, to tragedy Sunday morning.

June 15, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


You're Either With Trump, Or Against Him

So U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks Donald Trump's comments about the Mexican heritage of a federal judge hearing a civil case against ...

June 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Censorship Is More Dangerous Than Hate Speech

Someone needs to tell Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube and the European Union that the only way to stop a bad guy's speech is to ...

June 14, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Hurra Para Los Trabajadores

Here's a handy suggestion for businesses that wish to improve employee morale and enhance customer service - in this case, at a large resort hotel.

June 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Bernie's Army of Freeloaders

It's time for Bernie Sanders to step down.

June 13, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Pedro Montoya

Dear Editor:

June 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Flag Day

I've been to the moon. I've been burned. But more often I'm honored. I'm your American flag.

June 11, 2016 | James F. Burns | Columnists


Kansas Medicaid cuts threaten financial health of hospitals, physician practices

Since Gov. Sam Brownback announced his solution to the state's budget problem, which includes significant cuts in KanCare, the state's Medicaid program, there ...

June 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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