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Change is like an old building

They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back. The little theater, a dancehall named Oscar's Palladium on North Second Street in Sargent, Neb., had once been the scene of shows on a Midwest vaudeville circuit, then dances featuring big bands such as Tommy Dorsey's, then early rockers. And then it closed.

August 02, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


From parole to the pre-season

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 02, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Summer Camp

Dear Mom and Dad, It's been less than a week since you dropped me off at summer camp. You better come get me 'cause I'm in big trouble. On my first day, I was feeling homesick. So I found a piece of wood and began carving it with my Swiss Army knife the way Daddy showed me. Well, one of the counselors yelled at me to "freeze." He took my knife, then patted me down. Then he marched me off to the camp director. The director said, who did I think I was bringing a lethal weapon, a ...

August 01, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Despite Increasing Poverty and Unemployment, Immigration Advocacy Continues

Paul Ryan, U. S. Representative, Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice-presidential candidate recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably." No one argues. During the fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson first promised to end poverty, the United States has wasted $15 trillion; 46 million Americans live in poverty and 15 million more receive food stamps than before the 2007 recession started. The complete story is worse than Ryan indicated. For every job that the White House claims to have created, two Americans have been added to the food stamp roles. Over the weekend ...

August 01, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Would you call that reality T.V.?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 31, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


The Age(s) of Happiness

Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69.

July 31, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


7 Rows of 7 Stars

That's it. Over. Finished. Done with Florida. Consider our long-distance love affair officially at an end. This is not just about the recent verdict by six Sunshine Staters sanctioning the death of a young man for possessing Skittles out of season, or for inventing the whole "stand your ground" law in the first place, allowing all this to go down. A tipping point has been reached. No more verticality to be had.

July 30, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Honest Discussion Needed

Turn on the TV.

July 28, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Once a Weiner, Always a Weiner

The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his boney finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

July 28, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


My “David Cassidy” Hair

First-wave baby boomers will begin turning 67 this year - and they're STILL imposing their ways on younger people, such as tail-end boomers like me.

July 26, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Political Benefits of a Royal Baby

Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution. But this morning, with the arrival of The Royal Baby, I finally get it. The House of Windsor gives the British permission to ignore their political and economic woes, to escape from themselves.

July 26, 2013 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What’s in a name

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 25, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Monitoring Media

This is shaping up as a great season for media-watchers. Viewers still go on vacation, but news and entertainment media are busier this summer than ever before, giving us plenty to slice and dice.

July 24, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Yellow Roses and Pink Sneakers

Normally when the general public ponders Texas, a whole lot of big sky and rugged individualism and generosity of spirit springs to mind. The thought of progressive politics is probably farther away than Bedouin olive trays are to an armadillo. But that's exactly what's going on right now as the country's most heroic representatives try their darndest to protect the Lone Star State's most precious commodity. The lives of our precious yellow roses. Our lady folk.

July 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Test-maker Left Behind: Money Short-Changes Education Reform

For the first time since George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind, the House has passed a major rewrite of federal education law. On Friday, the House approved the Student Success Act along party lines-Republicans for, Democrats against-but the bill has little chance of getting past a Democratic Senate and a White House veto threat. Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.

July 23, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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Unhide the EPA Global Warming Tax

For decades Democrats have gone to extraordinary lengths to impose new energy taxes. They do not, to put it mildly, have the support of the American people. So they have turned to increasingly complex schemes to pretend the taxes they are advancing are not taxes. They've now reached an unprecedented level of obfuscation: a federal regulatory agency acting without Congress to coerce states into imposing regulations that will bury cost increases in the electricity rate base - and they might get away with it. Congress should therefore act immediately to, if they can't stop what is happening, at least ...

April 03, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Zimmerman Prosecutor Feeling the Heat in Florida

Does everyone remember Angela Corey?

April 03, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Repeal, Don't Reform the IMF!

A responsible financial institution would not extend a new loan of between $17 and $40 billion to a borrower already struggling to pay back an existing multi-billion dollar loan. Yet that is just what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) did last month when it extended a new loan to the government of Ukraine. This new loan may not make much economic sense, but propping up the existing Ukrainian government serves the foreign policy agenda of the U.S. government.

April 02, 2015 | | Columnists


Reasoning with Iran

"America and the West have a historic opportunity to negotiate a nuclear agreement that will promote peace in the Middle East and the world. It will give your country, Iran, a brighter future. What do you say to that?"

April 02, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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