I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become a monologue. Of course that was irrational. I currently have 257 friends, representing my connections during the various decades of my life. I have worked dilige…

This year's State of the Union address was in line with past ones: a tedious and bloated exercise in Washington pageantry that ate up a lot of cable news time despite its almost complete irrelevance to how Americans will actually be governed. But those are not the real problems. The real pro…

  • BY STEVE CHAPMAN

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, acting out of an abundance of compassion, is doing a favor to people on Medicaid: forcing them to work or lose their coverage. ''Human beings want to be treated with dignity and respect,'' he says. ''And we're going to give them that opportunity.'' Now all he has to…

Can Donald Trump stand prosperity? Fresh from a government shutdown victory and with the U.S. economy on a roll, the President decided on Monday to kick off his long-promised war on imports — and American consumers. This isn’t likely to go the way Mr. Trump imagines.

How large is a trillion dollars? Are we in trouble?

President Donald Trump re-emphasized his unwise commitment to fossil fuels at any cost last week, when his administration retracted federal restrictions on oil exploration and drilling along the entire U.S. coastline, including the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.

Republicans have ripped a big hole in Obamacare. But there is a way to avoid chaos in the health-insurance markets on which millions of Americans depend, if states act quickly to undo the damage.

The Amtrak derailment near Tacoma, Wash., that killed three people last week may well have been partly the individual failure of an engineer who was going much too fast. It was also, however, yet another demonstration of this country's collective, continuing failure to invest in infrastructure.

The Federal Communications Commission's decision to let big internet service providers treat the internet as if they own it created a responsibility for Congress to intervene in the interest of consumers.

Modern politics is a steady process of lowering standards, eroding norms and peddling fictions. The so-called tax reform that passed Congress this week is the latest disappointing result of that decline.

Keep your eyes on executive orders

IF PRESIDENT Donald Trump were a reader of books, we’d recommend a nearly 70-year-old novel to him, because it illustrates nicely both the absurdity and the danger of perverting language for political ends. The book is George Orwell’s “1984,” which gave us the concept of “Newspeak,” a langua…

DISTRIBUTION of tips is a major issue among restaurant workers but there is a consensus that should continue to be protected by wage laws — tips belong to workers rather than to the restaurant.

Half a century after Alabamians of immense courage changed the course of history in the streets of Birmingham and Selma and Montgomery, the voice of justice once again rings out from the deep south — from the ballots of black Alabamians, of women, and of young people of all genders committed…

Anyone with the slightest knowledge of World War II remembers its chief moral: Appeasement is not only futile but contemptible. It signifies cowardice, naivete and moral bankruptcy.

  • By Clarence Page Tribune Content Agency

Why, I am often asked, do media cover President Donald Trump so much? For one thing, the answer is in the question: He's the president. Presidents get covered a lot because what they say – even coughs, sneezes and harrumphs – matters. More important, this president offers us an abundance of …

This election is a turning point for women in Alabama. A chance to make their voices heard in a state that has silenced them for too long.

It's not just the lackluster or more recently unacceptable performance of too many of our elected officials in Harrisburg. It's not just the serial scandals that have forced some to resign and landed others in jail.

  • By Jim Hightower

Sam Rayburn of Texas, who was a legendary speaker of the U.S. House in the 1940s and '50s, offered this piece of ethical advice for lawmakers who were conflicted over whether to vote for the People of the lobbyists: ''Every now and then, a politician ought to do something just because it's right.''

Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in south Texas. Those killed ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years; among them was Annabelle Pomeroy, the 14-year-old daughter of the church's pastor, Frank Pomeroy. Some 20 others were wounded. As a m…

Supporters of unfettered access to firearms have been quick to point to the heroic actions of the Texan who confronted the shooter in Sunday's church massacre as evidence that the wide availability of guns enables Americans to defend themselves.

Where are the ethical standards?

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