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Environmental protection in the age of Trump

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been called the Magna Carta of our nation's environmental laws. Passed in 1969, Congress designed NEPA to provide for environmentally informed decision-making and public outreach on the part of federal agencies. NEPA requires that all the consequences and potential environmental problems of an agency's actions must be carefully considered before an agency acts.

April 09, 2018 | Kevin Lynn | Columnists


‘Roseanne’ is a liberal trojan horse

Hey, "Roseanne" fans in Tulsa, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City and Indianapolis: don't get too comfy with Roseanne-the-Trump-Voter... it looks like the writers are going to make her character into a new version of Archie Bunker, a likable character with horrible, hateful opinions designed to turn you against non-liberal political ideas.

April 09, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Is President Trump anti-trustworthy?

It's fascinating to hear the president rail against those who don't pay their fair share of taxes or have grown too powerful. This from a man who thinks he's smarter than everyone else. Because he doesn't pay taxes. And has grown too powerful.

April 07, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


The Pentagon needs to reverse course

A lot has been written about the Pentagon's plan to move its computing operations onto the cloud. The contract to do the work it is said to be worth $1 billion in just the first year to the firm that wins the bid, and billions more after that. The contract is sole source - meaning one company would be responsible for designing and maintaining the contracted services for at least a decade and probably in virtual perpetuity - so it's no surprise rumors about the bid being rigged are flying around. There's a lot at stake for the winners ...

April 07, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Status quo in VA culture shouldn’t put bureaucracy ahead of vets

There is no group of Americans I hold in higher regard than our nation's veterans. During my time in Congress - as a member of both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees and as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies - I have made improving the quality of life for our nearly 20 million veterans a top priority. I have worked with a deep bench of colleagues who hold the same commitment. Any person or thing detracting from this shared priority does a disservice to our nation's veterans.

April 05, 2018 | Jerry Moran | Columnists


David Hogg, child media star

Caught in the whirlwind of adoring television interviews, newspaper profiles, rally speeches and teenage groupies, David Hogg has not had time to ruminate on one of the great truths of our media-driven age: The long arc of history doesn't bend toward justice. For individuals, it bends toward obscurity.

April 05, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Roseanne is raising the Barr

Roseanne Barr has risen from the dead.

April 04, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Why Stormy’s story still matters

Approximately 22 million viewers tuned in to "60 Minutes" last Sunday to watch as Anderson Cooper interviewed Stephanie Clifford. Clifford, better known as adult film actress Stormy Daniels, alleges that she had an affair with now-President Trump in 2006.

April 04, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


You too can survive alone

Why on earth would anyone bother to make the bed when his wife is out of town?

April 03, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Small change by Trump could have huge impact

Last Monday, the U.S. Commerce Dept. announced something that sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing to do: It will include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.

April 03, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


MLK’s legacy: The next 50 years

Decades ago, when I worked in a grocery store, I would frequently have to phone my boss and ask whether to cash a check for a stranger. The questioning would inevitably include, "Is he black?"

April 02, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


How important is the resurrection?

With today being Easter Sunday it would be good to know why we celebrate as we do.

March 31, 2018 | Thomas Swain | Columnists


Your Easter assignment: Study to show thyself approved

In the nearly 43 years since my baptism, I have never really experienced a crisis of faith. But I'll admit that aggravating little questions have lurked in the corners of my mind.

March 31, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Thoughts on guns and society

Just recently I was visiting with a friend and she remarked how glad she was that the Florida kids were holding rallies due to the recent shootings there.

March 29, 2018 | By Judi Tabler | Columnists


The dangers of John Bolton to the United States

H. R. McMaster, President Trump's second National Security Advisor (who followed the historically short-serving and now-indicted Michael Flynn), is set to resign his post at the beginning of next month. Soon to be in his place is someone far less qualified - and far more dangerous.

March 29, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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Oval Office Apprentice Raging Moderate by Will Durst President Donald Trump has failed at many end

President Donald Trump has failed at many endeavors: casinos, airlines, universities, steaks, wine, vodka, board games, two marriages, armed forces physicals, White House Communications Department ...

June 07, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Crazy Rudy’s full court press

Last year, as the tightly wound spool of scandal surrounding his administration started to unravel, President Trump reportedly asked a roomful of White House officials ...

June 06, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


The media continues to lie about Trump

The problem with the "fake news" meme is that such fabrications exist in two places - online at sites dedicated to creating falsehoods and mainstream news ...

June 06, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


For happiness, head for the hills

In my experience, the study's findings are true.

June 05, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Roseanne’s dumb tweet

I'm burned out on Trump TV.

June 05, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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