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Raw water: threat or menace?

Thirty-plus years ago, aunt Addie Lee dropped in on the farmhouse that my parents used for storage and family cookouts. She quaffed a glass of sparkling tap water and waxed eloquent about how our good ol' spring water put to shame the over-processed H2O from the municipal water works.

January 23, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The truth about a government shutdown

This weekend the United States Treasury bumped up against the "debt ceiling." This debt ceiling is to the government like the credit card limit is to your dreams of really furnishing your man cave.

January 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Wolff’s book resonates because Trump keeps confirming it

Nobody is more stunned about the stratospheric sales of "Fire and Fury" than the guy who wrote it.

January 22, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Reflections on hospitals and caregivers

This week's column is difficult for me to write. However, I wish to dedicate this week to every grieved family in America. You see, we are in serious danger of losing our grown son. We and many, many of you are praying and we rely on that prayer to strengthen us and to hopefully turn this situation around. We do have faith, and we do trust God with His Will.

January 20, 2018 | By Judi Tabler guest columnist | Columnists


One year in, Trump remains his own worst enemy

When it came to a recent column about President Donald Trump's preference for "executive time" that includes a healthy dose of cable news viewing and unhinged Tweeting, the reader wasn't in the mood to hold back.

January 20, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Washington is my only hope against Girl Scout cookies

I'm on a diet - a miserable diet just as millions of Americans are during January every year. And to be successful, I want the federal government to intervene.

January 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


iPhone Xcess

For my eldest and most expensive daughter's fifteenth birthday, she requested a new cell phone/adolescent life-support unit. Because my own cell phone was operating at roughly the capacity of an elderly rodent limping on a miniature treadmill, I decided that we'd both take the opportunity for an upgrade (cell phone code for "an almost exact replica of the phone you have now, except for a couple of unnecessary features that'll be completely obsolete by the time you get from inside the cell phone store back to your car").

January 18, 2018 | Jason Graves | Columnists


Merit-Based compassion

President Trump's vulgar language and racist views regarding immigration obfuscate serious debate over a key policy about which many reasonable people disagree.

January 18, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Ink-stained crusaders

Good journalism, even when practiced for profit, is a public service. Lately, however, top news organizations, frustrated by criticism from on high, have taken to describing their mission as more of a crusade.

January 17, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


How to rent US citizenship for only 5 percent per month

The current controversy involving granting amnesty to approximately 800,000 Delayed Accountability for Contemptuous Aliens (DACA) is nowhere near the end of demands to appease mass lawbreakers.

January 17, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump should say ‘No’ to Whirlpool plan to kill U.S. jobs

With healthcare reform in abeyance, tax reform done, and the White House starting to pivot toward immigration, is there still room for the trade agenda? A lot of people are wondering, given the importance placed on it during the campaign in the effort to win key states like Michigan and Pennsylvania.

January 16, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The GOP can’t get burnt on DACA deal

Everyone knows something has to be done for America's DACA kids.

January 16, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A new Russia story that’s largely been overlooked

As conflict and confusion on Capitol Hill continues to swirl around Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, and the salacious dossier, a new Russia story broke much more quietly this week.

January 15, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


On immigration, Trump is rudderless

It was awesome this week to watch Donald Trump in action - or, more accurately, inaction.

January 15, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Sock it to me: ‘Laugh-In’ iturns 50

Am I excited about the upcoming (January 22) 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking NBC comedy-variety series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"?

January 13, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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The Pentagon needs to reverse course

A lot has been written about the Pentagon's plan to move its computing operations onto the cloud. The contract to do the work it ...

April 07, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Status quo in VA culture shouldn’t put bureaucracy ahead of vets

There is no group of Americans I hold in higher regard than our nation's veterans. During my time in Congress - as a member of ...

April 05, 2018 | Jerry Moran | Columnists


David Hogg, child media star

Caught in the whirlwind of adoring television interviews, newspaper profiles, rally speeches and teenage groupies, David Hogg has not had time to ruminate on one ...

April 05, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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