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Paul Ryan Reflects Real Republican Values

I watched Paul Ryan's town hall on CNN this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight crush on the House Speaker.

July 18, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Rest In Peace, King of the Hobby Magazines

I don't make a hobby out of collecting obituaries, but sometimes I stumble across one that particularly moves me.

July 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


It's Not the Gun's Fault

It happened after Sandy Hook.

July 16, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Take a Breath, Folks, 2016 is not 1968

The latest fad, propagated by many members of the commentariat, is to equate the America of 2016 with the America of 1968. I heard it more recently from Chuck Todd of NBC News: "Not since the summers of the '60s and violence in Watts, Detroit, and Chicago has the nation felt so hopelessly divided."

July 16, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A Warning on Drug Pricing from Bill Gates

One of the most popular punching bags on the presidential campaign trail this year is America's biopharmaceutical industry. Bashing drug companies was telegraphed early on as a key Democratic strategy to shift the blame for the failure of Obamacare to contain health care costs away from the Democratic/insurance industry alliance that wrote the law. Unfortunately, their policy proposals, designed to suppress drug prices, are likely to cause far more harm than good.

July 14, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Black and White and Traffic Stops

A couple of years back, when I was driving down to Florida, I got pulled over on U.S. Route 41 in a little town called Waldo near Gainesville.

July 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Farmers Markets Deserve Support

The farmers market here is a rousing event, filling the town square with dozens of produce vendors from around the state and local bands providing nonstop music. It's also one of the most tightly-governed markets in the nation.

July 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Who Will Win the Hillary Clinton Veepstakes?

A Vice Presidential pick is a defining moment in a campaign, motivating nominees to utilize unique strategies. Some try to accentuate their heavyweight status by partnering up with less vibrant versions of themselves in what might be called the "Bad Xerox Without Any Toner" maneuver. Think... Dan Quayle.

July 13, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Nostalgic for the Drive-in Theater

Here's something I miss more each summer: the drive-in movie theater.

July 12, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If Nothing Else, FBI Chief Exposed Clinton's Incompetence

When I mentioned that I'd probably vote for Donald Trump if no viable alternative presented itself, dozens of readers begged me to stop writing such ridiculous and/or dangerous things.

July 12, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Who will win the Donald Trump Veepstakes?

Now that the presumptive nominees are set, the presidential campaign has officially entered its "begging for money like we're raising bail for our little sister who's being held in a Turkish prison" stage. And a pre-convention lull has descended upon the proceedings like a moist blanket of sulk. Not to be confused with the post-convention lull, which will be similar but ratcheted up by a desperation factor of four.

July 11, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Recreational Walking: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

I started walking the day I turned eight months old, and now it seems I've started my second childhood.

July 11, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


America's 14th and 15th Colonies

The Fourth of July has come and gone, a with it the annual reminder about a group of brave souls who sparked a revolution against an evil empire.

July 09, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The One Truth About Benghazi

The ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus is often credited with that old chestnut about truth being the first casualty of war.

July 07, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


By Leon Kolankiewicz Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will get my vote come November. While

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will get my vote come November. While each espouses certain positions I share, both score epic fails on my personal litmus tests.

July 07, 2016 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists


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Network TV: Does it deserve to live?

I am tickled to continue my 43-year tradition of obtaining the Fall Preview "TV Guide," but Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore seems despondent about ...

September 09, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Sprawl kills - literally

Los Angeles County, the nation's most populated with more than 10 million residents, is in an emergency state, per Governor Jerry Brown's declaration ...

September 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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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