Recent Columns

Asian-Americans Feeling the Sting of Hate During COVID-19
April 7, 2020 by John L. Micek
If there’s one sad truth about every tragedy, it’s that people will look around for someone to blame. 11 attacks. American Jews have felt the same hatred, most recently and horribly, in the Tree of Life killings in Pittsburgh in 2018...
Fears Grow About Biden’s Chances in a Coronavirus World
April 7, 2020 by Carl Golden
The national Democratic Party establishment is no longer desperate. When former Vice President Joe Biden dispatched Vermont socialist Sen...
Survive the Supermarket with Social Distancing
April 7, 2020 by Jase Graves
As we adjust our daily schedules to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are suffering from acute boredom...
Baseball Great Babe Ruth Beat Spanish Flu… Twice
April 6, 2020 by Joe Guzzardi
In 1918, an influenza panic much like today’s COVID-19 struck the nation.. “People are stricken on the streets or while at work...
When to Pull the Plug on the President?
April 6, 2020 by Peter Funt
Responding to public demand and civic responsibility, the three major cable TV channels - Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC - have essentially become all-coronavirus, all the time. And, moreover, when is it appropriate to cut away?..
When Will 8,130 Deaths Each Year Become a Crisis?
April 3, 2020 by Michael Shannon
The crackdown on the China virus is an eye-opener in a number of ways. She has also mobilized the National Guard and troops are conducting house-to-house searches for New Yorkers as other troops man outposts in airports, train stations and bus stops...
Saluting General Trump
April 2, 2020 by Michael Reagan
Making Sense By Michael Reagan It’s lucky I’m being such a good American and sheltering at home. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov...
Surviving Coronavirus At Home With Teenage Triplets
April 2, 2020 by Rich Manieri
You’re stuck home with your kids and feeling sorry for yourself. What about their school work? Beat that. Anyone? Last week, as I was lamenting our collective plight I considered - as I always do - how I can use this situation to my advantage...
What Will Easter 2021 Be Like?
April 1, 2020 by Danny Tyree
Tyrades! The only thing it cannot be is moderately important....
It Will Take Hawaii Years To Recover From Coronavirus Lockdown
March 31, 2020 by Joe Guzzardi
The coronavirus pandemic, and the Hawaiian government’s response to it, has devastated the state. For today, however, Governor David Ige has asked tourists to stay away from the islands for a minimum 30-day period...
The ‘Thank You Wave’ Makes a Comeback
March 30, 2020 by Peter Funt
Walking my dog Dorothy a few months ago I didn’t recognize the fellow waving from the white car until he stopped to say hello. Since then I’ve made it a point to wave at every car that passes on our quiet street...
Pandemic Threatens Prine’s Life When We Need His Art Most
March 30, 2020 by Tom Purcell
When I was a junior at Penn State, I had a front-row seat when legendary singer-songwriter John Prine performed on campus. He’s often called the greatest singer and songwriter you’ve never heard of...
Even a Deadly Pandemic Is Infected With Politics
March 29, 2020 by Christine Flowers
A million years ago, we were worried about who was going to win the Iowa Caucuses, and then Super Tuesday, and then when Bernie Sanders was finally going to pack it in...
Perfect Time for Trump to Fight the Other Alien Invasion
March 27, 2020 by Michael Shannon
While it’s all-hands-on-deck fighting the invasion of an alien virus, it’s an ideal time to fight our continuing invasion of aliens, too...
No Hope For Democrats
March 26, 2020 by Michael Reagan
I sure hope this coronavirus crisis comes to an end soon. I sure hope the major league baseball season opens, not to mention our schools and restaurants. I’m terribly sorry I used that dirty word “hope...
Unlike Trump, America’s governors Are In No Rush To Reopen Their States
March 26, 2020 by John L. Micek
HARRISBURG, Pa. Tom Wolf held Wednesday. Nor was Wolf in any hurry Wednesday to follow Trump’s lead. But Wolf’s intent was made clear when he said he was concentrating on giving the state the time it needed to contain the pandemic. President...
Trump and Fox News: Deadly Lies in a Feedback Loop
March 25, 2020 by Dick Polman
Before focusing on today’s timely topic - Trump and Fox News, deadly together - I want to tell you a little story about the time Fox broke the fake news that President Obama wanted to tax Christmas trees. My reaction was: Huh?..
Are We Suffering from Magazine Overload?
March 25, 2020 by Danny Tyree
Since “Playboy” recently published its final print issue, and since I’m reading a biography of publishing magnate Conde Nast on my tablet, I felt it appropriate to share my misgivings about magazines...
Trump’s Briefings Might as Well Be Briefer
March 24, 2020 by Peter Funt
WASHINGTON - Here is a transcript of tomorrow’s briefing by the coronavirus task force: PRES. I want to update you on our efforts to defeat the Chinese Virus.. REPORTER: Mr. 2. It’s invisible. Mike, do you want to add anything? President...
Amid Pandemic, Cyber Scams a Growing Threat
March 23, 2020 by Tom Purcell
The dirty rotten crooks. Before the start of 2020, I warned about the rapid increase in cyber attacks. Last July, I warned about another worrisome cyber threat: attacks on the elderly...
Forget Social Distancing, What’s Happening Is Criminal
March 23, 2020 by Christine Flowers
I got an email from the ACLU the other day. I do not carry their card, I do not want their card and if someone offered me their card I would treat it like Abbie Hoffman treated his draft card back in the day...
Fighting Off The Flu
March 20, 2020 by Michael Reagan
Every four-year-old knows the official coronavirus drill by now...
China Virus Quarantine May Kill the Economy
March 20, 2020 by Michael Shannon
The politician’s response to the coronavirus is the medical equivalent of the 10 percent across-the-board budget cut where politicians faced with a budget shortfall take the coward’s way out and cut every budget...
Reassurance in the Midst of Coronavirus Crisis
March 19, 2020 by Rich Manieri
One of my many bosses in TV news once told me the media’s job is to reassure the public. What did I know? Today, I’m not sure if reassurance is or has ever been the media’s responsibility...
Baseball Suspended, Fans Won’t Miss Lackluster Game
March 18, 2020 by Joe Guzzardi
I may be in the minority, but Major League Baseball’s decision to suspend the season until at least mid-May doesn’t bother me. My list of gripes is long, but I’ll name just one of my dozens of complaints - the nonsensical homerun explosion...
Do You Support the ‘Virginity Rocks’ Movement?
March 18, 2020 by Danny Tyree
Not that you were so brazen as to ask, but one of my greatest sources of pride as an old, happily married man is that I always managed to resist the siren call of premarital sex. wrong number...
Apocalypse When?
March 16, 2020 by Peter Funt
Two or three times a year, falling trees knock out power at my home, in a heavily wooded section of Central California. Sometimes roads are impassible and my wife and I are stuck in our chilly, candlelit house. Nope...
Learning from My Aunt’s Polio Experience
March 16, 2020 by Tom Purcell
My Aunt Cecelia was just beginning the eighth grade when it happened. The next morning, her legs gave out as she tried to get out of bed. She'd contracted polio...