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October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


California just forced ICE to step up removals

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act, SB 54, which officially made the state a criminal alien sanctuary. Brown's signature was never doubted. During the many immigration speeches he's delivered since he's been in office, the governor has always staunchly defended illegal aliens, and on one occasion invited every Mexican national to come to California. "You are all welcome in California," Brown told an assembled group. "Permission," as Brown put it, isn't a requirement.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Republican logic on guns makes me twitch

Sadly fascinating to endure another predictable dance performed on the national stage by our elected politicians in response to the recent horrendous concert shooting in Las Vegas. Well, not a dance, really, more like the choreographed twitching of an unruly mob. Both parties retired to their respective corners while spasmodically jerking and mumbling hushed gobbledygook that even first graders could recite verbatim in a show and tell version of hypocritical cliches.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump’s response to Puerto Rico is worse than embarrassing

It is a luxury to be embarrassed by President Trump.

October 11, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Controversial Guggenheim exhibit raises questions

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated," said Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), leader of the Indian independence movement against Britain. In the U.S., and nations throughout the world, that's a measure continuously tested.

October 11, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


The United States of Anxiety

What happened recently in Las Vegas is not, in the strictest sense, a Second Amendment issue. It is symptomatic of something deeper. There is little doubt that if more restrictive laws were in place to limit the sale of certain types of weapons, as well as devices that increase their lethality, the terror unleashed may have been less devastating.

October 11, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Darius Rucker, new experiences and you

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"

October 10, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Building bridges in and to the future

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is leading the fight to make public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects a reality at a time when they are sorely needed. Cash-strapped cities and states just don't have the money to keep up with the demands of an increasingly mobile society.

October 10, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The worst mass shooting...until the next one

On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las Vegas, defies belief.

October 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Finally! ICE targets sanctuary cities

Because they harbor criminal aliens, sanctuary cities and the debate that surrounds them confound immigration law enforcement advocates. The dispute often centers on philosophical questions like how to define the term, and whether state and local governments have the authority to establish federal immigration policy. Local and state municipalities don't have such power, and the Department of Justice can end the debate: order Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into the offending jurisdictions with instructions to detain and begin removal proceedings against criminal aliens.

October 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Ode to the tomato

O ripe tomato, fat and fine

October 07, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump needs to stop ruining Sundays

Opinions on the recent rash of football players taking a knee during the national anthem are like knobby elbows: everybody's got at least one. Donald Trump is against it and says any son of a bitch who disrespects our country should be fired, and a surprisingly large number of people agree. Although much discussion centers around which son of a bitch it is that should be fired.

October 07, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Linking arms, but not minds

NFL owners should be flagged for excessive shrewdness. They've managed to obfuscate a legitimate protest against police brutality that had, at least briefly, heightened the nation's consciousness about a serious issue.

October 07, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


All politics, all the time?

"It's everywhere you turn these days. I can't take it anymore."

October 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sick of the NFL? Play Kaepernick-Hole

Every time NFL players take a knee during the national anthem, they pierce the hearts of patriotic Americans and military families, including mine.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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It is time to move forward

Well, the 2017 election is over and we await the final vote count which should be sometime next week.

November 08, 2017 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists


Congress looks at Russian election interference

Those who claim to have been shocked the Russians might have meddled in the 2016 election are either playing for the cameras or not paying ...

November 07, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Any chance conservatives will finally fight back?

The best moment for conservatives during the Claremont Institute's panel discussion on "The Resistance and the Violent New Left" came at the end during ...

November 07, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Cut taxes, Reagan-style

What hasn't happened this week?

November 06, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The beginning, not the end, of the Russia investigations

The first concrete details of Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the regime of Vladimir Putin ...

November 06, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


GOP Congress must remember why it was elected

"I've never seen anything quite like it," said a political-insider friend of mine as we sipped coffee.

November 04, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump’s apologists couldn’t care less about indictments

Amidst all the speculation about the scope and direction of Robert Mueller's deepening Trump-Russia probe - triggered anew by the indictment of Paul Manafort - one ...

November 04, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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