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Despite emojies, writing really hasn’t changed

I stumbled upon a few Facebook postings from some of my fellow Ellinwood High School classmates noting that our 35th class reunion was coming up in July. That gathering is fodder for another day, but the idea that I've been out of high school for three and a half decades brought to mind that I have also been affiliated in some for or another with journalism for that same time span.

June 01, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Democrats have an obscene new mantra

Has anyone noticed the moral and organizational collapse of the Democratic Party?

May 31, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


1967’s ‘Summer of Love’: Did it earn the title?

I've always chafed at the term "love child" being reserved for the product of an illicit affair, thus implying that children born into a stable, committed home are merely property or tax deductions.

May 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


American tourist dollars are feeding Castro’s human zoo

Expedia is now booking hotels in Cuba.

May 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Raging Moderate

Donald John Trump is keeping people busy. He's got staffers, lawyers, streaming news alert editors, impeachment historians, ethics investigators, hair spray manufacturers, Putin watchers and real-estate interpreters, who all frantically flapping and squawking like a flock of seagulls outside a sardine plant at low tide.

May 29, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


A rare, refreshing, positive column about Trump!

A promise to my readers: the following column will not include an analysis of the doomsday scenario surrounding President Trump's firing of James Comey, special prosecutor Robert Mueller's appointment to investigate the administration's alleged ties to Russia, the Michael Flynn case or the farfetched suggestion that the president is on the verge of impeachment. Go to the mainstream media to read more of those overwrought, dramatically blown-out-of-proportion stories.

May 29, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Advice to grads

This year I have again not been asked to deliver any commencement addresses. Nevertheless, as in the past, I will use this space to share my wisdom with the latest crop of graduates.

May 27, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Face it, Trump voters. You got played

While he was off bowing to the Saudis, contemplating the Western Wall and visiting other foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump's White House dropped a doozy of a budget proposal that will hit - surprise, surprise - its own voters the hardest.

May 27, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump should keep his promise to cancel Obama Climate Deal

One of the central themes of President Donald Trump's campaign was the need to extricate the United States from international agreements that hurt American jobs and unfairly disadvantage American companies versus foreign competitors. Another major theme was the promise to reverse Obama's regulatory power grabs that dramatically expanded government control over our lives without the approval of Congress.

May 25, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


For some, immigration is a second chance at life

She was a virgin when he raped her, impregnated her, and then beat her. She miscarried. A devout Catholic, she mourned her own pain less than that lost life. No amount of comfort from the priest made her tears stop flowing, but she resolved that it wouldn't happen again. She went to the police, and they shrugged their shoulders, because they couldn't fight back against the 18th Street Gang. Some of them were probably secret members of that brotherhood of criminality.

May 25, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Missing the old neighbors

Two of my family's old neighbors passed away a few weeks ago, and it makes me sad.

May 24, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The media’s war on Trump

Which is worse, President Trump allegedly sharing a piece of classified intel with the Russian ambassador or insider bureaucrats leaking classified information to journalists, all hell-bent on unseating a president they just don't like?

May 23, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Now I know why they pack sardines in oil

American Airlines, which gave us the first frequent flyer program, has been a travel innovator for years. Then - after collecting miles became popular and American's customers invested considerable time and money building up their mileage account - American introduced the first devalued frequent flyer program with higher minimums for free travel!

May 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Yet another impeachable offense

Forgive my frequent references to Richard Nixon. It's just eerie how his impeachable behavior is being replicated by the current con man. As Yogi Berra reputedly said, "It's like dejevu all over again."

May 22, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Fees, fines and fairness

Which best describes your view of America? Everyone pays an equal share? Or, everyone pays his fair share?

May 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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An ‘extraordinary’ abuse of journalistic style

I can't stop myself from keeping a mental list of words and phrases that have been bastardized beyond repair by journalists. They range from ...

June 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


The Jones act keeps America secure

For some time now the Jones Act, a federal law requiring all cargo moved by water between two point in the United States be transported ...

June 22, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Mr. Tyree doesn’t go to Washington

June 2017 was supposed to be the month my 13-year-old son Gideon went to Washington, D.C. on a youth tour.

June 21, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Snowflakes want me to be nicer to Trump

I need to stop and thank all the nice folk who've been kind enough to take time from their busy schedules to provide this ...

June 21, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Politically correct summer camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

June 20, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump’s demeanor shouldn’t be surprising

Of all the rationales available to interpret President Donald Trump's private conversation with former FBI director James Comey, many of his defenders opted for ...

June 20, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bernie Sanders, religious bigot?

Democrats are enjoying throwing around the word impeachment.

June 19, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Siri plans to stop taking orders and start giving them

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the company is going to focus on developing self-driving car "systems" instead of the car itself. In an interview ...

June 19, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


What boob thought up this fashion trend?

"There's no need to fear ---- underboob is here!"

June 17, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Russiagate’ is obscuring everything, including gun legislation

On Wednesday morning, Washington rightly fretted over the fate of a Republican congressman and three others felled by a gunman's fire in suburban Alexandria ...

June 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Privacy protections must accompany government data access

The law may not be an ass, as Charles Dickens put it, but it often moves as slowly as one.

June 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Comey don’t play that

Millions of Americans watched transfixed as James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, and no, that's not an oxymoron ...

June 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Cosby taking the hit for men who’ve wronged women

The jury is deliberating, and all we know at this point is that no one will be happy when the verdict is returned in Bill ...

June 13, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Teens’ summer jobs becoming thing of the past

I learned how to keep golf balls from bashing me in my shins.

June 13, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Daddy, don’t you evolve so fast

While using social media to research this Father's Day column, I came across two types of people.

June 12, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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