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Tax reform now

The U.S. economy may be improving but it's not growing like it needs to. Cutting red tape has helped but it's not enough.

October 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


On polio and pulling together

She came home with a high temperature, feeling very ill. The next morning, her legs gave out when she tried to get out of bed. By that evening, she was so weak she could barely move.

October 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Who wants to borrow McConnell’s slightly-used majority?

If you're in the market for a slightly-used majority, Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Country Club) is your man. His low-mileage beauty is in mint condition. Mitch only takes it out for a spin when he needs to confirm the occasional Supreme Court Justice or high-level administration appointee. Otherwise he keeps the majority dusted, polished and up on the blocks.

October 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


There’s no such thing as personal information

Your personal information is most likely out there for criminals to use.

October 17, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump slams fake news by making three false claims

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - President Donald Trump, who likes to denounce the "fake" news media, threw himself into the warm embrace of Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, where he regurgitated at least three claims that were demonstrably false.

October 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Anger in America

You can't go to a bar or a play.

October 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Names make news

Names making news - and generating opinions:

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


California just forced ICE to step up removals

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act, SB 54, which officially made the state a criminal alien sanctuary. Brown's signature was never doubted. During the many immigration speeches he's delivered since he's been in office, the governor has always staunchly defended illegal aliens, and on one occasion invited every Mexican national to come to California. "You are all welcome in California," Brown told an assembled group. "Permission," as Brown put it, isn't a requirement.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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 Las Vegas. Well, not a dance, really, more like the choreographed twitching of an unruly mob. Both parties retired to their respective corners while spasmodically jerking and mumbling hushed gobbledygook that even first graders could recite verbatim in a show and tell version of hypocritical cliches.

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 movement against Britain. In the U.S., and nations throughout the world, that's a measure continuously tested.

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 doubt that if more restrictive laws were in place to limit the sale of certain types of weapons, as well as devices that increase their lethality, the terror unleashed may have been less devastating.

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 are sorely needed. Cash-strapped cities and states just don't have the money to keep up with the demands of an increasingly mobile society.

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 Vegas, defies belief.

October 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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Remember when Matt Lauer was Trump’s chump?

Matt Lauer will be remembered as a fallen sexual harasser, but in my mind, he's forever immortalized as a Donald Trump toady.

December 05, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


How Nancy Pelosi became an Alabama Republican

Everyone (except some Alabama Republicans) seem to believe sexual contact between a man in his thirties and a fourteen year-old is illegal and reprehensible.

December 04, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


I’m glad I’m not an Alabama voter

More specifically, I'm glad I'm not an Alabama conservative. The choice confronting conservatives in the December 12th special senate election is very difficult ...

December 04, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


AT&T, CNN merger doesn’t worry me like Sinclair

Last year, I expressed serious reservations about the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. I argued, at the time, that allowing this merger will have important ...

December 02, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Still paying For Christmas 2016? Atta boy, Clarence!

It's beginning to look a lot like debt collectors, everywhere you go...

December 02, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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