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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 has been a flurry of articles with inaccurate or incomplete information, and as a physician with firsthand knowledge of the consequences we're facing, I want to set the record straight.

June 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Where's the Stimulus Funding for Infrastructure?

While traveling across the country with your kids this summer, be sure to buckle-up and do your best to overlook all the potholes and crumbling bridges out there. Even if funding was available, things will probably remain in disrepair until your kids are grown, thanks to big government regulations and red tape.

June 09, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Hard to Believe It's Come Down to Hillary or Trump

Every four years our nation's electoral eccentricities escalate exponentially and people throw up their hands and shout, "you know, every election cycle is wacky, but especially this one." But especially this one! With this one, the narrative changes faster than the score of a Wiffle Ball game played with aluminum bats. It's an election with the attention span of high-speed lint. It's an 18 month-long squirrel scamper.

June 09, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Keynesians Stole The Jobs

Late last week the markets were shocked by a surprisingly bad May jobs report - the worst monthly report in nearly six years. The experts expected the U.S. economy to add 160,000 jobs in May, but it turns out only 38,000 jobs were added. And to make matters worse, 13,000 of those 38,000 were government jobs! Adding more government employees is a drain on the economy, not a measure of economic growth. Incredibly, there are more than 102 million people who are either unemployed or are no longer looking for work.

June 08, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Is It So Hard To Just Bring People Together?

With this November's presidential election coming up, everyone seems to be talking about America's changing demographics - specifically how these might weigh on the fortunes of Donald Trump.

June 08, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Good Listener Retires

Rick's retirement left me speechless.

June 07, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump Hits on the Media

Donald Trump is still no conservative and never will be.

June 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Bernie's Political Jujitsu Loses Leverage

The strategic maneuvering that takes place behind political debates is often far more interesting than the turgid events themselves.

June 06, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Government Can’t Help, It Can Only Hurt

Three recent stories regarding three government agencies - the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons.

June 06, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


William John Howey, a Forgotten American Story

Most Americans are dissatisfied with their likely choices for president.

June 04, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Married 25 Years – And Loving It!

For the sake of my son Gideon (age 12), I strain my brain each week to make this column something zany and irreverent instead of soberly persuasive.

June 04, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


This year, Father’s Day came early

I know Father's Day is still a couple weeks away. With my own dad Larry still very spry and fun at age 86, it will be a special day for my brothers, sisters and me.

June 04, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Gorilla Politics and the GOP

A hearty congratulations to conservatives for a seamless transition from party-wide disgust to near unanimous endorsement of a gorilla as their presidential nominee. Considering the tortuous undulations required, this metamorphosis seems to have occurred with shockingly few chiropractic adjustments.

June 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


High-Tech Profiling Has Your Number

It's mildly irritating when Facebook tries to nudge me into tagging a photo of my wife's sister as my wife or my son as myself, but there are much more ominous possibilities in the world of facial recognition software.

June 01, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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DACA: Delayed accountability for contemptuous aliens

Remember when candidate Donald Trump promised when he was president, "We're going to win so much. You're going to get tired of winning."?

September 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Important Italians America want to vilify

On March 14, 1891, in the city of New Orleans, 11 Italian Americans were lynched by an angry mob. The anger stemmed from a jury ...

September 12, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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


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