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Dogs Can’t Root Out Root Cause of Stress

Our country is going to the dogs.

June 05, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Aren’t Perfect and Neither is the Death Penalty

The death penalty isn't perfect, but then neither are we. The botched execution last month in Oklahoma has raised legitimate questions about the secret sauce Texas uses on death row, and a lot of Texans still haven't gotten over the state-that is, us-executing Cameron Todd Willingham based on unscientific and discredited folk tales about arson. The Oklahoma incident in particular has caused many to re-examine the death penalty's use in Texas, but the problem isn't the process but the people who carry it out.

June 05, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Mental Health Screening a Good Way to Decrease Liberty

Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims.

June 04, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Pollution and the English Language

You wouldn't know it from all the perpetual doom and gloom in our media and culture, but we have nearly eradicated pollution in the United States. So much so that most Americans are blissfully unaware of how severely polluted the world was for all of human history up to the time of our grandparents.

June 04, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Mental Illness and Mass Killings

If only gun bans or background checks could have kept Elliot Rodger from murdering six innocent people.

June 03, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The Kochocracy

In the bad old days, medieval German Lords figured out how to pocket some quick coin by charging a toll on the primitive paths meandering across their lands. The money wasn't used to improve the roads or better the lives of the peasants or clean the rivers their pigs pooped in but rather heighten the piles in their treasury. Even back then, you just couldn't have enough pewter candlesticks.

June 03, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Mass Murder Knee-Jerks

You all know who he is.

June 01, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Imprinting of Elliot Rodger and Us

When the news first hit that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six students in Santa Barbara, it didn't foreshadow the horrific details yet to come.

June 01, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


D-Day At 70: Some Nagging Questions

I generally pay no attention to 70th anniversary observances, saving up my energies for the 75-year "diamond jubilee" milestones.

May 30, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Speech to the Best Graduating Class Ever

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcel

May 30, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Why Spy, China?

Sheesh, China, you sure know how to kick a country when it's on its way down.

May 29, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Best Argument Against Term Limits The Voters

The idea of limiting the number of terms anyone can serve in Congress has been around for a long time, but recently I have heard it proposed as a solution to gridlock in Washington. It would almost certainly have exactly the opposite effect, but I've also got other reasons to be against term limits.

May 29, 2014 | Ted Kaufman | Columnists


Obamacare’s Economically Destructive Welfare Expansion

The Supreme Court struck down Obamacare's mandatory Medicaid expansion as an unconstitutional commandeering of the states, setting off bruising battles over the issue in state capitals. No place has been more brutal than Maine, where a liberal attack group actually sent out a mail piece criticizing Dale Crafts, a wheelchair-bound state legislator, because he "failed to stand up to Gov. LePaige."

May 28, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Welcome to the Real World

And now, an open letter to all you new grads. Congratulations. Good job. Way to go. Bet you thought this day would never come. And if memory serves, it probably almost didn't. Anyhow, welcome to the real world. And please be aware that we use that term very loosely.

May 28, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Innocence Stolen and Unbridled Abuse

Behind the green curtain is where my world began to end. It was where my innocence was forever washed away in a porcelain pan filled with developer. Grainy images brought into strong relief on white paper that would become forever etched on my soul.

May 27, 2014 | Michael Reagan and Jerome Elam | Columnists


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Immoral Girl Scout Cookies

The Girl Scout cookie season is upon us - which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies.

February 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vape Regulation Could Kill the Industry

After a lengthy and heavily contested regulatory process, a final rule deeming vapor products to be subject to pervasive FDA regulation is currently in the ...

February 02, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The GOP's Un-Reality Show

The latest Republican debate was difficult to sit through. Information was skimpy, and without Donald Trump entertainment value and ratings dipped. This "main event," as ...

February 02, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Why Iowa and New Hampshire?

And now the question that's been dancing on the lips of politically concerned citizens for decades - Who's the genius that chose Iowa and ...

January 31, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


I Like Trump, and So Should You

Donald Trump represents more than a change of tone in presidential primary politics. He is redefining what it means to be a mainstream Republican.

January 29, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


GOP Debates Aren't Helping Much

Never before in the relatively brief history of televised presidential politics have debates been so important as in the current GOP campaign. Yet, through six ...

January 29, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Surviving The Winter Blues

Boy, it's cold outside.

January 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Most Idiotic Reactions to the Poisoning of Flint

The poisoning of Flint, Michigan, is a national disgrace - and some of the people reacting to it have been disgraceful. Here's an abbreviated list ...

January 28, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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