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Lighten up, critics, it’s Groundhog Day

If I were Punxsutawney Phil, I might think twice before coming out of my burrow this year.

February 01, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Shut up or shut down

Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting "inherently unpredictable" systems. It is also an apt description of the study of the Trump presidency. Those closest to the president say he thrives on chaos, relishes tumult, and takes perverse pleasure in stirring up conflict among advisers and associates. The president is energized by noise. While this style of management may have served him as a businessman, it has limited his ability to lead and govern effectively.

January 31, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Warning: 24-hour news causes truth decay

With his famed utterance that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan had to have known, on some level, that he was offering a cliche destined to last the ages.

January 31, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Beware the ‘conservative’ who grows in office

The maddening problem facing conservatives fighting the growth of Big Government is that much of the growth is fertilized by former conservatives who start growing first. The phenomena is most evident in benighted lands that don't impose term limits and have legislative bodies that meet year around.

January 30, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Democrats are masters at political posturing

Remember the yelling, screaming and personal attacks on the credibility of Republicans who opposed slapping the Unaffordable Care Act onto the federal spending bill just four years ago?

January 30, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The false choice between the dreamers and the military

While it is a pleasant surprise that last weekend's shutdown was resolved so quickly, there is hardly time for a sigh of relief. In just a few short weeks, the latest continuing resolution will run out - leaving the government without funds once more.

January 29, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Baseball says ‘no’ to cheaters

Since the advent of sabermetrics, the already insufferable annual argument about who should get into the dysfunctional Baseball Hall of Fame has become more tedious.

January 29, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Reign of error

It's been quite a year, the exact reverse of that whole "time flies when you're having fun" thing. These last twelve months have slogged by like cold molasses riddled with bat guano dripping through a tightly woven bamboo sieve. It seems like decades since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Shouldn't he be termed out by now?

January 27, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump and his toadies don tinfoil hats

A wild animal is most dangerous when it's cornered. We're seeing that now.

January 27, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Funeral for a friend: farewell Mark Allan

My brother Tim's text message pinged my phone last Sunday morning. "Mark Allan died. His obit is in today's Tribune." I closed my eyes and a flood of distinct memories came rushing back. And a week later I'm still thinking about Mark, the Allan family, and the universe we shared in a window of time that spanned the late 60's and early 70's.

January 27, 2018 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Dan Rather returns

He looked pretty good sitting behind the antique partners desk in his home-office. In fact, darn good for a newsman of 86.

January 25, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Stop misrepresenting the Statue of Liberty!

They'll do it every time.

January 25, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The consequences of our racist President

Last week, during discussions on a bipartisan immigration compromise, President Trump set a new low bar. During the conversation, he purportedly demanded to know why we wanted "all these people from s---hole countries" in Central America and Africa coming to the United States, requesting people from "places like Norway" instead.

January 24, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Hey, feds, take your ethanol mandate and shovel it!

My back is sore from shoveling snow - and it's the federal government's fault.

January 24, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The security threat posed by s---hole countries

President Trump's dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don't share his skin tone is frightening. Equally disturbing is his ignorance of history, his inability to think strategically, and his incomprehensible approach to international relations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his assessment of Africa.

January 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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‘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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 05, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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