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Do You See What I See?

What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?

December 24, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Merriment, Generosity Define Christmas

"I don't know why so many people get so bent out of shape at this time every year. I thought we were supposed to be merry."

December 24, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


‘The Candidates’ Holiday Traditions

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And a large part of what makes it so goldarn fabulous is the festive array of idiosyncratic traditions each family imprints on their holiday gene map like a candy cane tattoo on the soft flesh behind your knee.

December 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Do We Need the Fed?

Stocks rose Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's announcement of the first interest rate increase since 2006. However, stocks fell just two days later. One reason the positive reaction to the Fed's announcement did not last long is that the Fed seems to lack confidence in the economy and is unsure what policies it should adopt in the future.

December 23, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Let's Not Forget About Iran

Deep behind the headlines of recent political theater is the very real rattle of Iran's ballistic sabre.

December 22, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Watching the Tuesday Night Fights

Maybe it was because it was held in Las Vegas, where so many great prizefights have been held.

December 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Fright-Wingers Compete to Freak Us Out

I would've preferred to watch "Fargo," a pitch-black comedy about bloodlusting knuckleheads, but instead I dutifully tuned in the Republicans, and I got the same kind of characters.

December 20, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Be Good for Goodness’ Sake?

God bless them, Atheists are at it again.

December 20, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Who is having the best Christmas? Bernie! (the dog, not the politician)

Kids who still believe in Santa Claus have the best Christmas experience. That seems an appropriate reward for toddlers who think that a bearded old man who likes to hang out alone at shopping malls is cool. Then throw in that he knows when you are sleeping, knows when you're awake, and then enters your house in the middle of the night by way of your chimney. Any child these days who can suspend that kind of reality deserves a great Christmas. And any man who actually attempted such a thing would be delivering presents at Leavenworth and sharing ...

December 20, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Soft Landing for a Politician Is on Top of Taxpayers

There's a technique in politics I call the "Soft Landing Straddle" that politicians love because it helps them avoid unpleasant election consequences. This year in Virginia we have an example of the straddle, but first let me explain how it works and the negative effect it has on you.

December 18, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Our Polling Addiction

No pollster would dare ask, "Are you in favor of more political polls?" Or, "Should news media spend more time covering polls?"

December 17, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Why Trump's Success Makes Sense

Donald Trump has not been deterred, much to the chagrin of his bipartisan troupe of naysayers. The Donald's blunt stance on Muslim immigration has only won him popularity among the Republican rank-and-file, not to mention independents and moderate Democrats.

December 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


'Might Makes Right' is Wrong

Bullies love fear. And once they sniff its smoke, the real pros know how to fuel and exploit it. They are always claiming to represent the greater good, when what they really specialize in is looking out for #1 while flinging loads of #2 at the rest of us. Consequently, the people most susceptible to their reviled reveille are the weak, the ignorant, the powerless, other bullies and folks with neck tattoos.

December 16, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty

Judging by his prime-time speech last week, the final year of Barack Obama's presidency will be marked by increased militarism abroad and authoritarianism at home. The centerpiece of the president's speech was his demand for a new law forbidding anyone on the federal government's terrorist watch list from purchasing a firearm. There has never been a mass shooter who was on the terrorist watch list, so this proposal will not increase security. However, it will decrease liberty.

December 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Party of Reagan Now the Party of Trump

If you are under the age of 40 and have ever discussed politics with your peers, you have no doubt encountered those who identify as Republican but are quick to tell you that they are not like those other anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-science, anti-Muslim, right-wing extremists. They only vote Republican for the tax cuts.

December 15, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists


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20 years after his death, a few thoughts about Mike Royko

It was 20 years ago this month that I - along with everyone else in Chicago - woke up to the news that Mike Royko was gone.

April 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump trashes sustainability twice in two weeks

I knew when Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States that he might prove a long-awaited savior to those disillusioned, abandoned Americans ...

April 18, 2017 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists


Don’t go green with this housing industry product

From using reusable shopping bags to driving hybrid cars, consumers have been persuaded they can do their part to protect the environment by changing their ...

April 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


A Subject the Media Should Cover

Sometime this month I hope our rabid anti-Trump media find a little time to cover a subject that has been very important to me since ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


United Package Tours Now Include Hospitalization!

I'm old enough to remember when the United Airlines slogan was: "Fly the Friendly Skies of United." Now, according to Twitter wag GoodJuJu, the ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump’s immigration grade: ‘A’ and ‘F’

President Donald Trump's campaign promises to re-create immigration into a vehicle that helps, rather than hurts Americans, catapulted him into the White House. More ...

April 15, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Trump shouldn’t overlook violence against Christians

It was most serene of all scenes: A choir singing hymns on a Palm Sunday morning. It could have been any church, anywhere in the ...

April 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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