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…

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.

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 …

  • 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.''

  • By Steve Chapman

In April, the Trump administration took a stand against the brutal methods used to enforce China's one-child policy. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced China for ''acts of violence'' against pregnant women, including ''coerced sterilizations and forced abortions,'' and praised…

  • BY FROMA HARROP

It would take a really big jerk to steal the sexual predator headlines from Harvey Weinstein. Defrocked Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly apparently has what it takes.

  • BY STEVE CHAPMAN

Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much, but they agree that sometimes, individual freedom must yield to the imperatives of public safety. They also agree that sometimes, efforts to save lives come at too high a price in liberty. Trouble is, they can't agree on when.

  • By Clarence Page Tribune Content Agency

As I watched various journalists, police, psychiatrists and other smart people on cable TV try to make sense of the senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas, an actor in a commercial popped up with a sound bite that sounded downright prophetic:

  • BY STEVE CHAPMAN

It was easy to get confused trying to guess what Donald Trump would do about the young people brought to this country illegally as children. Would he act on his professed love of the ''dreamers'' or cater to his hard-line anti-immigrant base? Would he listen to Paul Ryan or Jeff Sessions? Wo…

  • By Steve Chapman

Texans are great believers in free enterprise, private property and small government. They elect leaders who uphold individual responsibility and give people the opportunity to make money through their own initiative.

  • By Jeffrey Weiss

Likely you’ve seen the news. The medical information released about Sen. John McCain first described a nonspecific eye problem, then a nonspecific surgery and hospitalization. And now comes the acknowledgment that doctors found a tumor in his head. And that it is glioblastoma — GBM.

  • By Dan Thomasson

WASHINGTON – Well, our states seem to have taken a page from history and have asserted their rights and shown some backbone to boot. They have stood up to a bizarre attempt by the White House to prove the man who lives there – at least part of the time – was the victim of vast voter fraud th…

Adolescence was tough on me. I was a total geek, in an era before that was cool. I was a social misfit, totally uncomfortable in my high school setting. I worked out a deal with my parents and the school authorities that allowed me to graduate a year early, simply because I hated school life…

  • By DAN THOMASSON

WASHINGTON – Lyndon Johnson could be vulgar to the extreme, giving interviews while sitting on the toilet with the door open, pulling up dogs by their ears, exposing his stomach to show a scar from an operation.

  • By Clarence Page

After Republicans spectacularly failed to gather enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump should consider changing his slogan from "Make America Great Again" to "Hey, We Tried."

  • By Clarence Page

“Elitist,” as Time magazine culture critic William A. Henry observed in his 1994 book “In Defense of Elitism,” has begun to rival if not outstrip “racist” as the “foremost catchall pejorative of our times.”

  • By Pa. Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski

For the past seven years, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have had majority control of our state government. For four of those years, they’ve had total control. During that time, their fiscal policy has been disastrous for Pennsylvania. Rather than engage in real solutions for r…

  • By LYNN SATERNOW

THE THEME of today’s WaterFire event in downtown Sharon is “Back to our Roots,” and it certainly should stir a lot of memories for the older set who remember the town for what it once was.

Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Missouri could not deny public funds to a church simply because it is a religious organization. In this article, Constitutional scholar Dr. John Sparks reviews the Court’s opinion and discusses possible future implications of the dec…

  • By Jim Hightower

GOP leaders want to protect your “freedom” to be poor, powerless, sick and uninsured.

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