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Trump needs to reverse Obama missile strategy

It's true the U.S. government invented the Internet – but it took the private sector to make it ubiquitous. Left in the Pentagon's hands we'd probably all be online but we'd still have to use external modems using a dial up connection to get there.

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Building more walkable cities would be a nice move

When I'm in, say, Phoenix - with its gorgeous weather, scenery and acre upon acre of beautiful parks and gardens - I generally hop in the car to get from the coffee counter, to the barber shop, to the movie theater, because things are spread out and it's easier to drive.

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Credit card debt explained

America's credit-card debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark. A 20-something fellow I know helped me understand why.

July 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Years of dishonesty cost the GOP

I saw an honest Republican congressman on TV the other day.

July 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


‘Gde myaso?’ Russian for Where’s the Beef?

Political campaigns are full of liars and fabulists. From the candidate who promises to repeal Obamacare root--and-branch, to the volunteer who lies about how many doors he knocked, campaigns attract people who are, as Mark Twain observed, "Economical with the truth."

July 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Things are very, very bad for Donald Trump

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to call his son, Don Jr., now surely the Fredo Trumpleone of America's ruling clan, a "great person who loves his country."

July 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


What will it take for Republicans to say enough is enough?

Kudos to Reed Galen - a lifelong Republican, veteran of three presidential campaigns, son of former Republican operative Rich Galen - for articulating the obvious truths that his cowardly party breathren loath to admit.

July 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Jury duty: honor or agony?

"Ask not what you can do for your country; ask if that really persistent hangnail qualifies you to deep-six the summons." - JFK's evil twin.

July 13, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


GOP’s new healthcare slogan: retreat and regret

Given the ongoing inability of Congressional Republicans to agree on a new national health care program, their seven-year long battle cry of "repeal and replace" Obamacare has been largely silenced and amended to "retreat and regret."

July 13, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Pick a state, any state

So, I am getting ready to walk out of the house Sunday morning for a leisurely bike ride. My wife is sitting in the kitchen, dog in her lap and a cup of coffee in her hand.

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Trump loves executive orders even more than Obama

Donald J. Trump has many tools at his disposal. Both houses of Congress. The support of rural America. Friends in high places. His family. A supermodel. Twitter. Fox News. The Russian Federation. A signature scent. And...executive orders. Along with executive determinations, memorandums, proclamations, suggestions, aspersions, insinuations, innuendos and doodles.

July 12, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Americans in need of a vacation

Boy, I could use a vacation about now - like millions of other hardworking Americans.

July 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Good luck reaching your elected officials

CARLISLE, Pa. - Gabrielle Trinkle has plenty she'd like to say to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

July 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Democrats will be tested as Menendez finally stands trial

On April 1, 2015, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and codefendant Salomon Melgen were indicted on 22 felony counts of fraud, bribery, and related offenses. Now, finally, after over two years of Menendez serving as a member in good standing of the Senate Democratic Caucus while under indictment, the trial is set to begin. A last-ditch attempt for yet another delay was rejected by Judge William Walls and the trial date is Sept. 6, 2017.

July 10, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


World Population Day only growing numbers ahead

Included in the signoff for my emails is reference to the 58 percent decimation of wildlife in just the last four decades, driven largely by loss of habitat due to increasing human demands as world population continues its upward trajectory.

July 10, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


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Media reports on antifa... finally

The Washington Post headline is absolutely astonishing:

September 07, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Humbled by Harvey, Americans help

"It makes me feel guilty for complaining about any little problems that I am facing."

September 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If at first you don’t succeed ...

In case you haven't realized it, this world if filled with systems that just don't work, or don't work as they were ...

September 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Boy, Labor Day came fast this year

Labor Day? Already? You got to be kidding. How the hell did that happen? Eight months of the year have expired? 2017 is two-thirds over ...

September 06, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Temple to journalist’s self - regard falls on hard times

Evidently, America just wasn't that in to you.

September 06, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Helping Houston the American way

Houston is trying to dry itself out and recover from the historic floods of Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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