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We’re Not Being Overrun by Illegal Immigrants

Okay, sit down. Take a deep breath.

March 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


GOP Won't Disavow Trump

The only accurate prediction in this bizarre presidential election is that most predictions are wrong. So here's a popular one about which to be wary: If Trump is the nominee he won't get the support of key GOP leadership.

March 09, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Charity Health Care & Continuing Education

Using creativity and problem-solving, the Kansas House recently approved a simple solution for increasing access to care for low-income Kansans and rural communities.

March 08, 2016 | Representative Dan Hawkins | Columnists


Quitting the GOP

John-William Schiffbauer is what Republicans, at least on paper, say they want their party to look more like. He's 31-years-old (a coveted millennial), socially liberal, fiscally conservative and not totally white. "My grandmother was from Japan," he says. He's a New York City playwright who's into cool whiskey bars and heated policy debates. He sees himself as what the future of the Republican Party ought to be. "Did you read the GOP post-2012 autopsy report? The 'Growth and Opportunity Project,' as it was dubbed?" He asks.

March 08, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


'Soul Murder' in Altoona

If you've seen the excellent movie "Spotlight," you know what it takes for a newspaper to expose the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

March 06, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tornado Research Isn't Just Whistling Dixie

You can double-check me on this - but when Phil Harris recorded "That's What I Like About The South," he never once made mention of tornadoes.

March 06, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Collapse of Recycling

A shabbily dressed man with three bulging garbage bags in his left hand and a crutch supporting his right side waits patiently as the line snakes around the parking lot. Behind him is a stooped older woman wearing an oversized hat to shield her from the sun as she pushes a beat up baby carriage containing her cargo.

March 04, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


First They Came For the iPhones...

The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December.

March 04, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Mitt isn't Exactly Superman

The good news is that a prominent member of the cowed Republican establishment is finally speaking out against Donald Trump. The bad news is, it's Mitt Romney.

March 03, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Why We Want Our Politicians to Lie

Three studies provide insight into something we all know to be true: Politicians lie.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can Trust the FBI, Right?

This huge brouhaha between the FBI and Apple has escalated into a battle royale between the righteous and the wicked. And, as often happens, both sides are claiming to be on the side of the angels. With so many good guys in attendance, it's amazing that world-wide badness is still so pervasive. But you can't blame television for everything.

March 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Hillary Paradox

In 1992, Hillary Clinton was derided as an extreme feminazi vying for all the power the White House could offer her as First Lady. A reporter from Columbus, Ohio famously asked her, "You know, some people think of you as an inspiring female attorney mother, and other people think of you as the overbearing yuppie wife from hell. How would you describe yourself?"

March 02, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


How Joe Biden Saved the GOP's Supreme Court Fight

C-SPAN just ruined President Obama's great Supreme Court Justice nomination adventure.

March 01, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


What's Next? Voting Absentee from Prison?

Maryland Democrats are hoping that allowing 44,000 ex-cons to vote in the next statewide election will accomplish what cancer failed to do: Get rid of Republican Governor Larry Hogan.

March 01, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Now appearing at your street corner: the orthodontist

In today's culture, every adolescent falls into one of two categories: They've either had braces on their teeth or will get them. Guaranteed. Two of my sons were born with straight teeth. No matter. They got braces. Now their teeth are truly perfect, and I'm broke.

February 28, 2016 | Matt Keenan | 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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