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Matt Keenan: Road crew job taught value of dollar — and A/C (from 2008)

Growing up, Larry Keenan didn't have a lot of rules. He didn't need them - a simple stare got his point across. But one thing all my siblings understood was this: Getting a job was a top priority. Dad's expression, forever burned in my brain, was "You need to learn the value of a dollar."

May 14, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


The Normalization of Trump Has Begun

On NBC News the other night, anchorman Lester Holt reported that Donald Trump was pivoting to a more presidential image. In the measured tones that we commonly associate with "objectivity," Holt said: "Trump's comments appear to signal a more moderate shift..."

May 14, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What Happened to the Revolution?

In a recent interview I was asked why Bernie Sanders, a self-described "democratic socialist" had seemingly attracted so much support among young people. In fact polls suggest Sanders is the most popular candidate among people aged 18-29, and 51 percent of that same age group appears fed up with "capitalism in its current form," according to a recent Harvard study.

May 14, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Roadside Hook-Up Results in Slow Bern

Most of us don't normally associate tow truck drivers with humor. Anger, outrage, despair and generalized hostility, yes, but humor, no. That's why the story from Fox News in Asheville, N.C. is so interesting.

May 12, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Militant Fatalism and the 2nd Amendment

Ever since Sandy Hook revived gun control in our national discussion, gun-rights advocates have circled the wagons around the Second Amendment.

May 12, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Marriage Trends and My Mother

My mother is in an enviable place in life as she nears the beginning of her eighth decade. She's lost her filter, and that doesn't bode well for me, her only son.

May 11, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Ugly, Ugly Presidential Campaign

Oh dear. Not pretty. The upcoming presidential campaign is ugly now and destined to ratchet up to epic uglier as soon as Bernie Sanders decides to bow out. Which is imminent. Not soon enough for Hillary Clinton, but not long.

May 11, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


So-long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight GOP

I am a nationally syndicated opinion columnist who's been staring at a blank screen for days now because I have no opinion for once in my life.

May 10, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Donald Trump, Liberal

Is this your candidate?

May 10, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Congress Must Stop Obamacare Bailout Scheme – Again

The biggest victory for taxpayers in the Obamacare fight so far was the enactment in late 2014 of language prohibiting the Risk Corridor program from being transformed into an open-ended bailout for big insurance companies.

May 09, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Decoration Day: Yes That's Still A Thing

According to the Encyclopedia of Alabama website, Decoration Day is "an annual observance at many privately owned Southern graveyards, during which families gather to clean up the graveyard, reconnect with family and honor the memories of their ancestors."

May 09, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Welcome to Complaining 101 (from 2010)

If you are a parent of a teenager, you know that one day your toddler goes from being the sweetest, most appreciative, thoughtful, kind, loving child to a whiney know-it-all who merits boarding school in the North Pole with Nurse Ratched as his tutor. Age: 15.

May 07, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Trump Could Be the Next Herbert Hoover

One of them is a free trade-wary millionaire and political neophyte who locked up the Republican presidential nomination with promises to make America great and get the economy firing on all cylinders.

May 07, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Lots of Luck, Donald Trump

Now comes the hard part.

May 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Abe Lincoln Must Be Rolling Over in His Grave

Here's the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln:

May 05, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


Millionaires & billionaires fighting ‘oppression’

Oppression certainly isn't what it used to be. Instead of vicious police dogs, water cannon, billy clubs and Bull Connor, America is greeted with ...

October 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Facebook is the new big brother

You're putting your life at risk, one like at a time

October 04, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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