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 …Read More
On Feb, 6, a cold winter day, a young woman gave up the baby she could not keep the right way. According to the short story tucked into a corner of the Sun-Times, the young woman went to a Northwest Side fire station around dinnertime that day and handed over the baby she herself had delivered that same morning.
I was an infant when baptized a Roman Catholic. Went to Catholic grammar school, was married in the church, sent my only child to Catholic grammar school (and three of his four years of high school), was extremely active in my parish (particularly when it …Read More
If ABC’s Dan Abrams’ comments were just evidence of one more guy who likes to look at fantasy women maybe I could roll my eyes and let it go. But these alterted and unrealistic magazine images are damaging when you consider the very real and enormous pressure young girls and young women feel to meet impossible standards when it comes to their bodies.
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The children who write to Santa Claus in our Season of Sharing campaign are such believers in the magic of Christmas and the ability of that guy from the North Pole to give when they ask. They believe that by doing their chores and homework, it just might be possible that Santa will bring them something they want and need.
We want our food to taste good (if in a synthetic way), be dirt cheap and last forever. Trans fats made all that possible, and now the FDA is poised to pretty much eliminate them from our diets.
A two-part series by Independent Lens, “The Graduates,” looks at the Latino dropout problem. It airs at 10 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 on WTTW-Channel 11.
Here’s my biggest concern after hearing Dominick’s is pulling out of Chicagoland: that we’ll be adding one humongous food desert on the Far North Side.
SUE ONTIVEROS: It would be nice if we could tell our young girls that when an entertainer like Miley Cyrus takes it all off, nothing good happens. But that’s not exactly true.
Though I liked school, as a little kid I was anxious as each new year began. If I were a parent sending a child back to Chicago Public Schools, I know those knots would be in my stomach again, and for good reason. No matter …
Keep an open mind, I told myself the day I opened the press kit for “Pregnant & Dating,” a show that debuted in May on WE tv. But honestly, I thought my head was going to explode. Really, this is Women’s Entertainment? I am not …
SUE ONTIVEROS: There’s not a whole lot to laugh about when you’re watching your father die of cancer, especially in those last weeks. You witness a once strong body grow too weak to even stand unassisted, see an independent man who was always on the go now confined to spending his days in a solitary room. But the multiple requests for Chinese food never ceased to make me laugh for one simple reason: he never ate Chinese food before!
SUE ONTIVEROS: The most provocative part of the Chicago Department of Public Health teen pregnancy prevention campaign is the billboards at L stations, bus stops and sprinkled through neighborhoods that have the highest rates of teen pregnancy.
No doubt about it, watching — and listening — to video of the crowd in Boston sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Bruins game Wednesday night really tugged at our collective heartstrings. There it was, the first sporting event in Boston after the terrible tragedy …
Those memorials drive me crazy. You know the ones I’m talking about. The piles of teddy bears and flowers sitting below balloons at the site of where yet another person has been gunned down in Chicago. Those memorials that TV cameras flock to, where they’ll …
The conversation between the mom and daughter walking in front of me had grown quite animated, so I decided to listen in. From what I could gather, Mom herself hadn’t gone to college and admitted it wasn’t something she knew much about. Still, she had …
SUE ONTIVEROS: In this season of awards for entertainers, I would like to nominate Adele as patron saint of new moms.
Like so many others, I was shocked by the sudden death of Latin superstar Jenni Rivera. Just hours before the plane she and her entourage were traveling in went down last weekend, the Diva of Banda had performed before thousands in Monterrey, Mexico. Many in …
I f you were to compare the days of my Dad’s life to an hourglass, you’d see the sand racing to the bottom, with those around him having little chance of stopping it. Dad was diagnosed with end-stage prostate cancer in late May; it now …
As one male GOP candidate after another has stepped up to play “Father Knows Best” when it comes to abortion — particularly when it involves a rape victim — I keep asking myself how has it come to this: that women’s reproductive rights are in …
One day a younger male colleague asked if there were things I hadn’t been able to do because I was female. Before I could answer, a female co-worker his age jumped into the conversation. “What a stupid question,” she snapped, before adding that there wasn’t …Read More