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On the Supreme Court, Democrats Simply Lost

When Senate Republicans decided last year to ditch their constitutional duty - by stiffing President Obama's eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee, denying him even the courtesy of a hearing - they took a big political risk. They gambled that the voters wouldn't punish them on election day.

February 06, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Playing Tobacco Free

"A healthier nation in one generation" is more than a public health slogan; it is a goal that is achievable and vital to economic and physical health of all Americans. Every parent, grandparent and community resident wants a better world, and better health for our children. There are steps that we can take to ensure better health for the next generation, starting from the very beginning with playing tobacco free.

February 04, 2017 | Janel Rose | Columnists


30 Valentine’s Days: Where Did The Time Go?

While brainstorming angles for this Valentine's Day column, it suddenly occurred to me that this February 14 will be the 30th my wife and I have celebrated as a couple (combining courtship and married life).

February 04, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why Groundhog Day Must End

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped.

February 02, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Ordering Dinner With a Side of Sanctimony

A nationwide group of restaurants is now offering diners a chance to stick it to the man while simultaneously putting the fork to their tofu. Those of you who've wanted to join a great moral crusade, but never got around to cleaning up the basement and inviting a Syrian "refugee" to move in, can now eat locally and be served globally.

February 02, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Stop Freaking Out About Trump

Take a breath, America.

February 01, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s First 100 Days

As extraordinary as it sounds, Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. It's mind-boggling. Like making John Goodman the cover model for this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kim Kardashian-appointed chief scientist at the Atomic Energy Lab. Colin Kaepernick in charge of WikiLeaks.

February 01, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Sky’s the Limit for Skilled Trades

The demand for skilled laborers - electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and others - continues to soar, and that's a good thing for America.

January 31, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Better Solution Than Trump’s Border Wall

Just one week in office, President Trump is already following through on his pledge to address illegal immigration. His January 25th executive order called for the construction of a wall along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border. While he is right to focus on the issue, there are several reasons why his proposed solution will unfortunately not lead us anywhere closer to solving the problem.

January 31, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Genuine Contempt for the Media

In his first White House press room briefing after two days in office, President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, laid out the Administration's approach to the media with all the subtlety of a Louisville slugger between the eyes: We don't like you, we don't want you, we don't need you, we intend to ignore you.

January 30, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Mr. Trump, Don’t Build That Wall

President Trump's new get-tough attitude on immigration has already stopped one Mexican from coming to the United States.

January 30, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Glad to break down in Great Bend

Dear Editor,

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Trump Reneging on Major Campaign Pledge

On the Monday of Donald Trump's first full week in office, the president immediately made good on several of his campaign promises. Among other actions, Trump withdrew the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership and instituted a federal hiring freeze except for military personnel. A day later, Trump met with chief executive officers from the Big Three auto companies - Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler - and, as he did with TPP, continued to focus on his signature issue, bringing jobs back to America.

January 28, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Should Silencers Be Easy To Obtain?

Although he's probably fighting a losing battle, political science professor Robert J. Spitzer stirred up a hornets' nest with a Washington Post opinion piece titled "The NRA wants to suppress one of guns' most important safety features."

January 28, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Race Relations Bogged Down by the Left?

So many conversations revolve around race nowadays.

January 26, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


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Actually, things are pretty good and getting better

"The country is divided. The political rhetoric is getting worse. The world seems to be in a mess."

February 07, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The dangers of a ‘Bloody Nose’ strike on North Korea

As State of the Union coverage was in full swing on Tuesday night, another story was quietly breaking in Washington: The Trump Administration's once-likely ...

February 07, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


I’m still cheering for Trump

Donald Trump sure hit it out of the park Tuesday night.

February 06, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A backyard immigration lesson

The perky little chickadee with a black cap and deformed beak that I'd been trying to keep alive died a few days ago, the ...

February 06, 2018 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Exclusive: Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Speech

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States and my fellow Americans:

February 05, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Will male infertility doom mankind?

According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, if problems continue at the current rate, the entire human race could be infertile in just 50 years.

February 05, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump the unifier? Don’t buy it

President Donald Trump, who's never been shy about hammering his rivals and skewering his opponents, used his first State of the Union speech Tuesday ...

February 03, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


How to survive a southern snowpocalypse

Snow in East Texas is only slightly less rare than a parade of CNN reporters wearing red "Make America Great Again" caps while singing "You ...

February 03, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


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