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Colin McNickle Columns

The smallest story never told

By Colin Mcnickle
When I was a youngster growing up in rural Ohio, the living room shadow box became a magical Christmas display in abode McNickle. It was ...


Salena Zito Columns

Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife

By Salena Zito 7:58 a.m.
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife — Dick, as he insisted I call him — fills my thoughts. He always was more ...


Brad Bumsted Columns

The language of bribery from the Philly legislative sting case

By Brad Bumsted 7:58 a.m.
HARRISBURG The undercover lobbyist, wearing a secret camera and microphone, met with the lawmakers mostly in their district offices in Philadelphia, in the Capitol and ...


Eric Heyl Columns

Eric Heyl: Plot gets 2 thumbs way down

By Eric Heyl
Coming soon, in the wake of Sony Pictures’ decision not to release the movie “The Interview”: “Hello everyone, and welcome to the premiere episode of ‘Yeonghwa Eseo’ — or, as you Americans would call it, ‘At the Movies.’ I’m Ghim ...


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: Protests changed the world

By Nafari Vanaski
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader left me a voicemail reporting that he was watching news coverage of the “die-in” protests ...


Luis Fábregas Columns

Fabregas: Depths of road rage perplexing

By Luis Fábregas
All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to hear it. Before I go on with this amusing — but alarming — tale of road rage, allow me a few ...


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The Christmas Truce of 1914 brought British and German troops together, for at least a day or so, along the Western Front in the early months of the Great War. Some say it started on Christmas Eve, as German troops ...


Tom Purcell Columns

Healthy performance review

By Tom Purcell
“You’ve worked for us for 10 years, Johnson, but I’m not sure how to grade you during this year’s performance review.” “What are you talking about, boss? I doubled sales over the year before.” “Impressive, Johnson. But how often do you go ...


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

Wars & the opioid epidemic

By Ralph R. Reiland
U.S. fatalities totaled 4,489 in Iraq, 2003 through 2014, an average of 408 fatalities per year. U.S. fatalities totaled 2,354 in Afghanistan, 2001 through 2014, an average of 181 fatalities per year. That’s a total of 6,843 U.S. deaths — 69 ...


George F. Will Columns

Lighting federalism’s fuses

By George F. Will
OKLAHOMA CITY Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general and one of ...


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

More choice, less democracy

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Nearly everyone takes offense at being told that his vote will not determine the outcome of an election. But taking offense to this fact is akin to taking offense to gravity or to the multiplication tables: Reality is what it ...


Whispers Columns

On card, Santa’s aim is true

By Tribune-Review
Don’t worry, baby Jesus. Santa Claus won’t let the terrorist get you. That’s the message of the original Christmas card sent this year by John M. ...


Q & A

Measuring the merry

By Eric Heyl
Tim Kasser is a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and co-author of one of the only known studies on holiday happiness: ...