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We’re Not Being Overrun by Illegal Immigrants

Okay, sit down. Take a deep breath.

March 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


GOP Won't Disavow Trump

The only accurate prediction in this bizarre presidential election is that most predictions are wrong. So here's a popular one about which to be wary: If Trump is the nominee he won't get the support of key GOP leadership.

March 09, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Charity Health Care & Continuing Education

Using creativity and problem-solving, the Kansas House recently approved a simple solution for increasing access to care for low-income Kansans and rural communities.

March 08, 2016 | Representative Dan Hawkins | Columnists


Quitting the GOP

John-William Schiffbauer is what Republicans, at least on paper, say they want their party to look more like. He's 31-years-old (a coveted millennial), socially liberal, fiscally conservative and not totally white. "My grandmother was from Japan," he says. He's a New York City playwright who's into cool whiskey bars and heated policy debates. He sees himself as what the future of the Republican Party ought to be. "Did you read the GOP post-2012 autopsy report? The 'Growth and Opportunity Project,' as it was dubbed?" He asks.

March 08, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


'Soul Murder' in Altoona

If you've seen the excellent movie "Spotlight," you know what it takes for a newspaper to expose the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

March 06, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tornado Research Isn't Just Whistling Dixie

You can double-check me on this - but when Phil Harris recorded "That's What I Like About The South," he never once made mention of tornadoes.

March 06, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Collapse of Recycling

A shabbily dressed man with three bulging garbage bags in his left hand and a crutch supporting his right side waits patiently as the line snakes around the parking lot. Behind him is a stooped older woman wearing an oversized hat to shield her from the sun as she pushes a beat up baby carriage containing her cargo.

March 04, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


First They Came For the iPhones...

The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December.

March 04, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Mitt isn't Exactly Superman

The good news is that a prominent member of the cowed Republican establishment is finally speaking out against Donald Trump. The bad news is, it's Mitt Romney.

March 03, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Why We Want Our Politicians to Lie

Three studies provide insight into something we all know to be true: Politicians lie.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can Trust the FBI, Right?

This huge brouhaha between the FBI and Apple has escalated into a battle royale between the righteous and the wicked. And, as often happens, both sides are claiming to be on the side of the angels. With so many good guys in attendance, it's amazing that world-wide badness is still so pervasive. But you can't blame television for everything.

March 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Hillary Paradox

In 1992, Hillary Clinton was derided as an extreme feminazi vying for all the power the White House could offer her as First Lady. A reporter from Columbus, Ohio famously asked her, "You know, some people think of you as an inspiring female attorney mother, and other people think of you as the overbearing yuppie wife from hell. How would you describe yourself?"

March 02, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


How Joe Biden Saved the GOP's Supreme Court Fight

C-SPAN just ruined President Obama's great Supreme Court Justice nomination adventure.

March 01, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


What's Next? Voting Absentee from Prison?

Maryland Democrats are hoping that allowing 44,000 ex-cons to vote in the next statewide election will accomplish what cancer failed to do: Get rid of Republican Governor Larry Hogan.

March 01, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Now appearing at your street corner: the orthodontist

In today's culture, every adolescent falls into one of two categories: They've either had braces on their teeth or will get them. Guaranteed. Two of my sons were born with straight teeth. No matter. They got braces. Now their teeth are truly perfect, and I'm broke.

February 28, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


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Republican logic on guns makes me twitch

Sadly fascinating to endure another predictable dance performed on the national stage by our elected politicians in response to the recent horrendous concert shooting in ...

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump’s response to Puerto Rico is worse than embarrassing

It is a luxury to be embarrassed by President Trump.

October 11, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Controversial Guggenheim exhibit raises questions

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated," said Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), leader of the Indian independence ...

October 11, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


The United States of Anxiety

What happened recently in Las Vegas is not, in the strictest sense, a Second Amendment issue. It is symptomatic of something deeper. There is little ...

October 11, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Darius Rucker, new experiences and you

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"

October 10, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Building bridges in and to the future

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is leading the fight to make public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects a reality at a time when they ...

October 10, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The worst mass shooting...until the next one

On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las ...

October 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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


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