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Boy, Labor Day came fast this year

Labor Day? Already? You got to be kidding. How the hell did that happen? Eight months of the year have expired? 2017 is two-thirds over? That is so frightening because any day now radio stations are going to switch to wall-to-wall Christmas music.

September 06, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Temple to journalist’s self - regard falls on hard times

Evidently, America just wasn't that in to you.

September 06, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Helping Houston the American way

Houston is trying to dry itself out and recover from the historic floods of Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No action by Trump on opioid epidemic

Earlier this month, at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., President Donald Trump looked solemnly into the camera, and declared that America's opioid epidemic was a "national emergency," and a "serious problem the likes of which we've never seen."

September 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Big government is bad until red states need help

It's an old story, freshened anew by Hurricane Harvey: Republicans profess to hate "Big Guvmint" as a matter of principle - until catastrophe hits a red state. Suddenly, they're fine with federal spending and completely dump their rhetorical boilerplate about the nanny state.

September 03, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to play lottery

A couple of years ago I was a pallbearer for a fellow in denial about his gambling addiction, so I viewed with interest the Wall Street Journal opinion piece "Powerbull: The Lottery Loves Poverty," by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.

September 01, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


What Trump says vs. what Trump means

Most presidents try to avoid controversy by painstakingly parsing their words like a fifth grader conserving an allowance at the county fair. Reluctant to reflect even the hint of a whisper of a shadow of a rumpus. But Donald Trump is not most presidents. He is as singular as a smokestack in a cotton field.

August 31, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Sit, stay, good parents

I am seeing a pattern emerging.

August 30, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Leftists’ goal is to wear us down

They are trying to wear us down.

August 29, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Discovery of Trumpophobia would help deplorables

The last couple of weeks have been so stressful for Trump voters that conversion to Islam is looking increasingly attractive as a means of avoiding media scrutiny.

August 29, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Wildlife loses a devoted protector

Wildlife and the conservation community suffered a tremendous loss last week when Wayne Lotter was murdered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A well-known conservationist committed to ending elephant and giraffe poaching, Lotter was co-founder of the PAMS Foundation, which works for sustainable conservation solutions with local partners and communities.

August 29, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


Free speech in all its peaceable glory

It was a fine day for protesting at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., where folks were enjoying their right to free speech in a productive and peaceable manner. Lafayette Square sits directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. The park was packed with a variety of people the Saturday morning I visited nearly a decade ago. A large group of Hispanic protesters was demanding "living wages," acceptance of bilingual education and amnesty for illegal immigrants. A dozen other protesters stood on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue. They called themselves "Freepers," for "freedom protesters." Each became a Freeper ...

August 29, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Ivanka, Jared luring Donald into immigration swamp

When, right out of the starting block, President Donald Trump reneged on a key campaign vow, he in-advertently laid the foundation for a swamp of his own making just months later. On the campaign trail, President Trump repeatedly promised to end "on day one" deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).

August 28, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Trump the future Democrat?

President Trump keeps making me look good.

August 28, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Beat the press: Trump’s survival strategy

Donald Trump's mounting assaults on the free and independent press are enough to make me wax nostalgic for Spiro Agnew. When Richard Nixon's vice president denounced members of the Fourth Estate as "nattering nabobs of negativism," at least there was a modicum of wit.

August 26, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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If we can’t discuss issues, how can we solve them?

"I'm afraid to discuss politics and current events with anyone except my wife and best friends, and it's regrettable that millions of Americans ...

November 09, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Another mass shooting, more ‘thoughts and prayers’

"Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now," U.S. House Speaker Paul J. Ryan, R-Wisc., tweeted ...

November 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Emperor has no clothes

Someone needs to cloak Mr. Trump in a copy of the Constitution. The Emperor clearly needs new clothes.

November 08, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


NYC attacker was here legally. so why attack immigrants?

On Tuesday afternoon, a green card holder from Uzbekistan mowed down some innocent tourists in New York City. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on ...

November 08, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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


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