Recent Columns

Teddy Roosevelt, the U.S. Flag, and ‘Americanism’
June 13, 2024 by Joe Guzzardi
In 1904, the United States was booming under President Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Roosevelt took over as president after a Polish anarchist assassinated President William McKinley in Buffalo...
Joe Biden is the better dictator
June 13, 2024 by Michael Reagan
Making Sense by Michael Reagan So I turn on the news . We’ve got wars raging in Ukraine and Israel. We’ve got 4,000 illegal immigrants a day crossing our Southern border...
Tracking a cereal criminal
June 13, 2024 by Alexandra Paskhaver
Yesterday I called the police, but not for the reason you think. I can’t help it...
Hunter Biden was found guilty. Guess what didn’t happen?
June 13, 2024 by Dick Polman
Hunter Biden, the president's son, was found guilty of illegally buying a gun while using narcotics. No demagogic puppets from Capitol Hill showed up to attack the rule of law or slime the judge and jury. No fuming about a courtroom “icebox...
Beware increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity scams
June 12, 2024 by Tom Purcell
Here’s a story that is growing bigger by the day: Cyber scams are on the rise. If you call that fake number, a fake Microsoft representative will ask you to provide access to your computer, so he can steal sensitive data or download malicious apps...
Are you hopelessly confused about telephone etiquette?
June 12, 2024 by Danny Tyree
Tyrades! �� blared a recent headline in the Wall Street Journal. (“Plenty of ink for the battle lines, since we didn’t use any codifying the unwritten rules of cellphone etiquette! ��) about receiving an unexpected personal call...
A matter of manners
June 11, 2024 by Alexandra Paskhaver
When I was little and we were having guests over, my mother would always have me set the table. The fork was on the left. That is to say, on the right...
Black Republican doesn’t know his Black history
June 10, 2024 by Elwood Watson
Earlier this month, during an event in Philadelphia supporting Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Florida Representative Byron Donalds made the attention-grabbing assertion that Black families were stronger and more conservative under the Jim Cr..
Gun control advocates should be thrilled over Hunter Biden’s conviction
June 10, 2024 by Christine Flowers
There is so much concern for the tender sensitivities of a former drug addict from Delaware. All my life, I have been told that “addiction is a disease” and that we cannot attack the people who are afflicted with it...
Father’s Day: A 1974 Plumbing Disaster
June 10, 2024 by Tom Purcell
Editor's note: A version of this column was last published in 2016. You see, my father had remodeled our basement into a family room with a powder room...
Robot revolution: Top ten cartoons of the week
June 7, 2024 by Daryl Cagle
Afraid of robots taking over? Sadly, a lot of the info we're reading online is wrong.. Fortunately, computers will be drawing all editorial cartoons in the near future, so the robots won't have to worry about being mocked by us humans...
A bad week for the Biden Clan
June 6, 2024 by Michael Reagan
Making Sense by Michael Reagan It was a good week for the Reagan family...
MAGA movie pulled, but its lies have already done damage
June 6, 2024 by Dick Polman
Fifty years ago, the esteemed social critic Hannah Arendt said totalitarians thrive on lies, that they flood the zone with so much garbage a hefty share of the citizenry either surrenders in exhaustion or takes refuge in ignorance...
Should a sense of humor be mandatory for fathers?
June 5, 2024 by Danny Tyree
Tyrades! They’re paranoid about their children finding out that they had their own youthful indiscretions and regrettable choices. You can ask any of your six stepmoms.. Osage oranges) that littered the ground...
Rock on, and pass the Tylenol
June 4, 2024 by Jase Graves
Now that two of my daughters are away at college and the one still at home basically views me as an ATM in an unfashionable neighborhood, I’ve tried to find myself a hobby...
After Trump conviction, Bragg becomes the target
June 3, 2024 by Elwood Watson
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg deserves to take a bow following his undeniable victory...
On immigration, taking a lesson from 1924
June 3, 2024 by Joe Guzzardi
A century ago, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act, also known as the Immigration Act of 1924, which precipitated a two-generation-long pause in mass migration...
Needed: The common sense humor of Will Rogers
June 3, 2024 by Tom Purcell
Our politics sure is divided these days. Here's the solution: the wit and wisdom of legendary humorist Will Rogers. �� “We've got the best politicians that money can buy...
Alito dust-up has nothing to do with flags
June 3, 2024 by Christine Flowers
I have never been married, nor do I have any children. I descend from a whole line of married people. I deeply admire married people, and I think that they tend to be among the happiest folks in the universe...
Job-killing A.I.: Top ten cartoons of the week
May 31, 2024 by Daryl Cagle
Donald Trump's historic guilty verdict coming Thursday night means none of this week's most popular cartoons feature the first felon to have a serious shot at becoming president...
Are Americans so depraved they’ll put a convicted felon in power?
May 31, 2024 by Dick Polman
Before we ponder the big unanswerable question – is this country so sick that it’ll put a convicted felon in the White House? What we witnessed Thursday afternoon was an historic triumph for the rule of law...
Democrats go on trial in November
May 30, 2024 by Michael Reagan
Making Sense by Michael Reagan Mark my words. 5 because of what they did this week in New York City...
Are we even remotely surprised ‘Birdbrain’ flew into the MAGA nest?
May 30, 2024 by Dick Polman
To best assess Nikki Haley’s decision to kiss Trump’s rear – big surprise, right? Papen was a prominent conservative German politician who helped pave the way for Adolf Hitler...
Playing up playgrounds
May 29, 2024 by Alexandra Paskhaver
I miss playgrounds. Now, the only thing I do well on playgrounds is warm up the benches. Speaking of government: when I was in elementary school, we had the sort of high-tech playground equipment that would put the CIA to shame...
Ready for Pat Sajak’s final spin of the wheel?
May 29, 2024 by Danny Tyree
Tyrades! Sajak announced his retirement plans a year ago, allowing himself time for a VICT_RY L_P, naming of a successor and cleaning all the spare bullion out of the sofa in the dressing room...
On flags and fascism
May 28, 2024 by Elwood Watson
Right-wing politicians have made no secret of their disdain for the rule of law as well as our current state of democracy....
Take what Harrison Butker said in context
May 27, 2024 by Christine Flowers
When Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker delivered his commencement address at Benedictine College earlier this month, the outrage was primarily focused on his comments about a woman’s place in society...
Memories of my free-range childhood
May 27, 2024 by Tom Purcell
It was the first time in my childhood I had an excuse for coming home late for dinner, but nobody — not even the cops — would listen...
Debate dread: Top ten cartoons of the week
May 24, 2024 by Daryl Cagle
Our list of the most-reprinted cartoons was a real smorgasbord this week, with topics ranging from the increasing role of artificial intelligence to the collapse of Red Lobster...
Sam Alito bets his flag flap gets flushed down the memory hole
May 23, 2024 by Dick Polman
MAGA troll Sam Alito, having signaled his solidarity with Donald Trump’s insurrectionists by flying (or allowing to have flown) an upside-down American flag at his home, is disgracing the U. Supreme Court with his mere presence...