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Making off like Madoff

December marks nine years since Ponzi-king Bernie Madoff made his perp walk into the U.S. District Courthouse in Manhattan. Last month, the Justice Department announced that over 24,000 of Madoff's victims will begin receiving payments totaling $772.5 million. It's the tip of the iceberg.

December 06, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Charitable giving - it’s an American tradition

Ah, the giving season is upon us - the best time of the year to be an American.

December 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Remember when Matt Lauer was Trump’s chump?

Matt Lauer will be remembered as a fallen sexual harasser, but in my mind, he's forever immortalized as a Donald Trump toady.

December 05, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


How Nancy Pelosi became an Alabama Republican

Everyone (except some Alabama Republicans) seem to believe sexual contact between a man in his thirties and a fourteen year-old is illegal and reprehensible.

December 04, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


I’m glad I’m not an Alabama voter

More specifically, I'm glad I'm not an Alabama conservative. The choice confronting conservatives in the December 12th special senate election is very difficult. But not so tough that our cultural arbiters aren't eager to give conservatives and Christians the benefit of their wisdom.

December 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


AT&T, CNN merger doesn’t worry me like Sinclair

Last year, I expressed serious reservations about the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. I argued, at the time, that allowing this merger will have important implications for a free press and American democracy for many years to come.

December 02, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Still paying For Christmas 2016? Atta boy, Clarence!

It's beginning to look a lot like debt collectors, everywhere you go...

December 02, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Consumer protection is no laughing matter

As Congress struggles to enact legislation that will bring tax relief to the rich and decimate healthcare for the not-so-rich, another battle is brewing beneath the Swamp; the never-ending struggle to decimate the lusterless policies that affect the lives of ordinary Americans. Policies put in place to protect us no matter what our political persuasion may be.

November 30, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


No means no

An avalanche of revelations concerning public figures engaging in various sexual assaults has tumbled down upon our heads, and the airwaves are consumed with accusations, recriminations, equivocations and ethical gyrations, not to mention the threat of career annihilations. And it couldn't happen to a more deserving aggregation of guys.

November 30, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Identify theft calling

Ring, ring.

November 29, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A glaring loophole for fugitives

When gun-control and gun-rights advocates clash after the latest mass shooting, you can usually count on two rhetorical chips being thrown onto the table:

November 29, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


I hope it’s not a water view like Fukushima

I don't know about you, but the thought of combining an ocean view with 1,800 tons of radioactive nuclear waste gives me a queasy feeling. Admittedly, for me the quease is just speculative, but for the residents in San Clemente, CA - just up the road from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station - queasiness is an everyday reality.

November 28, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Should Al Franken resign? Whoa, Take a breath

It's admirable, in a way, that so many left-leaners are calling for Al Franken to quit the Senate.

November 28, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The holiday view from a tired lady

"Thanksgiving is over for this present season

November 25, 2017 | By Judi Tabler | Columnists


Be thankful if you don’t take a drumstick to the noggin

"Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday of the year. Now I can't wait for it to be over."

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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The part-time presidency of Donald Trump

Note to self: When it's time to sit down and talk with my bosses about my next steps as an opinion editor and all-around-columnist ...

January 10, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Frigid winter SAD for Anti-Trumpers

Boy, it's cold across America.

January 10, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Protests in Iran require care and nuance

In the final days of 2017, protests erupted and quickly spread to cities across the country of Iran. More than a week later, a government ...

January 09, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Steve Bannon’s spontaneous combustion

It's been said that death was a good career move for Elvis. It remains to be seen if Steve Bannon's Watch-Me-Burn-Down-My-Career Tour will ...

January 09, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Calling out Congress

Didn't we turn over a new leaf in 2018?

January 08, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


From Russia with love... sort of

Americans who lived through the Cold War were taught that the Soviet Union was not our friend. They possessed weapons that could obliterate us with ...

January 08, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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