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Sue Ontiveros biography

Sue Ontiveros has probably one of the wackiest double jobs around. She writes a column on the Saturday editorial pages and is the editor of …

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The real reason we’re offended by stores opening on Thanksgiving

Oh my gosh, the thought that someone could purchase Aunt Jane’s Christmas present on Thanksgiving Day sure has left us with our collective shorts in a knot, hasn’t it? My initial reaction when I heard this year’s growing outcry over more retail stores opting to …

Reach out to those not in the pews

Agreat many Catholics thought the naming of Pope Francis meant a new day in our church. Me? Well, much as I admire his devotion to helping the poor and his desire to be a force who brings people together, I know in reality he’s the …

Vets deserve much more than kind words

The tributes started more than a week ago. By Tuesday, Veterans Day, they will be flooding social media. As they should, one person after another has been thanking members of the military and veterans for their roles in keeping our country the home of the …

Grocer did right by W. Rogers Park

Denny Mondl figured he’d be up this morning by 5:45, just as he has been weekdays and Saturdays for decades. But if he was up before dawn, it was only because the family dogs didn’t get the word yet that the schedule is changing. Mondl’s …

Latinos who fail to vote hurt Latinos

The first time I was eligible to vote in an election I was away at school, but I was not so far away that I couldn’t come home and vote in person. After classes, I rode two trains and a bus to get there. In …

In the emptiness, I find a visionary

I knew something special had to be going on if my dear friend was calling before 8 on a Sunday morning to invite me. Still, that didn’t mean as I was agreeing that I wasn’t also thinking to myself, ‘‘So I am going to just …

‘God doesn’t make illegal human beings’

All Amy and Carlos want to do is live as husband and wife while raising their two children. It sounds so simple, except when it’s not. Amy and Carlos Godoy-Guerra are at the center of a new documentary that demonstrates the human toll of our …

What’s our excuse for watching ‘N.J. Housewives’?

I guess I don’t know much about reality. I was sure that impending jail sentences for both the mother and father of four young daughters would send those parents scurrying home. Nah. After all, the children of “Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” Teresa and Joe …

Making sure new shows with Latinos stick around

I wasn’t crazy about Sofia Vergara’s appearance at the Emmys last month. If you missed it (I don’t blame you; what a snooze fest), Vergara — the hilarious Colombian actress who stars on “Modern Family” — stepped onto a platform that proceeded to rotate and …

When Robin Williams died, she thought of her brother

When Sabrina Tengelsen Guthrie learned Robin Williams killed himself, she was devastated. The Bucktown resident had lived for years in California’s Marin County, where Williams was “a permanent fixture.” But for Guthrie, executive director of the Tengelsen Family Foundation, it was more than just the …

How to boost Latino vote influence

They were there when Latina author Carmen Boullosa spoke at the National Museum of Mexican Art. And again when the new students arrived for orientation at National Louis University. When the dancers in their traditional costumes traveled down 18th and 26th streets, they were there, …

Fighting back against bullying

The first time I saw a photo of Camille Paddock, I thought, what a nice smile. It wasn’t until closer examination that I realized she had only one eyebrow. Now something like that can be noticed by an adult and it might trigger curiosity, but …

  • Parents, ease up on that leash

    Here’s the story I heard on Facebook a couple of weeks back. Apparently, this mother had been phoned by her child’s away camp to urge her to write. (Mail from home actually was on its way.) Seems all the other kids were getting multiple letters …Read More

  • Scooby-Doo lets girls down

    Scooby-Doo, what the heck’s the matter with you? For crying out loud, there should be no problem with kids watching a video of a mystery-solving dog and his crew. Oh, the Scooby-Doo jokes can be corny, but the long-running feature has been tame otherwise. After …Read More

  • Film tells aftermath of mill closing

    I was holding my breath that the Kickstarter campaign for Exit Zero would be successful. And it was! It was only in the last days of the campaign to raise $15,000, which ended Aug. 13, that I stumbled upon it. Exit Zero examines deindustrialization in our country through the story of Christine Walley and her family when Wisconsin Steel shut down in 1980.

  • Farmers market sells fruit, veggies and ethnic pride

    Like others, the farmers market at Seaway Bank and Trust Company has booths full of fresh fruits, vegetables and prepared foods. But what’s also on display is a strong sense of community, family and ethnic pride. This is the 10th season the Chatham market has …

    Teens take on serious summer games

    Evan, Armani and their new friends have spent most of their summer playing games. And that’s a good thing. Oh, they’re not your stereotypical teens of summer, lost in solitary play while hunched over a laptop. While these 70 Chicago teens — predominantly male, primarily …