Bad actors around the globe keep getting confused about the calendar, and it falls to the Obama administration to set them straight. The Russians, Secretary of State John Kerry protested back in March, have forgotten what century we’re living in: “You just don’t in the …Read More
BY U.S. REP. RANDY HULTGREN: On a trip to Israel, the congressman from Illinois is reminded just how vital American support remains.
BY HENRY GRABAR: Because of air conditioning, Americans are more likely to eat, watch and do the same stuff across the country.
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BY TAMMY HAGGERTY JONES: It used to be that kindergarteners were considered too young for school-wide testing, but times have changed, and from September until June they participate in five sets of standardized tests. This is far too many tests, stressing out students, depriving them of precious time to grow and explore and consuming massive amounts of teacher time that could be better spent educating. I’m all for keeping track of students, particularly the ones that are already falling behind, but this is counterproductive.
BY U.S. REP. ROBIN KELLY: A Pullman National Park in Chicago could become the Statue of Liberty for American labor.
BY D’RITA ROBINSON: There is a clause in the rules of empowerment for a son who is brown. One day I will have to tell him the truth.
BY KAREN LEWIS: The City of Chicago is gearing up to enforce its Chicago Public Schools preference policy, which would give CPS graduates preferential standing among other firefighter applicants, providing an unfair advantage above students enrolled in private or religious schools. I suggest a real and meaningful incentive plan that goes beyond the mayor’s proposal.
BY MICHAEL LIND: When I heard that Texas Governor Rick Perry had been indicted, I thought, “This had better be good, or it will backfire on the Democrats.” It isn’t good and it may well backfire on the Democrats.
BY RICH TUCKER: In the long run we’d be safer, on the roads and in our lives, if the government was doing less to look out for us.
BY JOE ARCHER: I’m not from the South Side of Chicago. I’m from a small Ohio suburb where everybody knows your name but nobody can be bothered to extend a hand. When I moved to the city, I expected the problem to be magnified. I was right in some ways, but I was wrong in so many others.
BY GENE POLICINSKI: Manhandling and muzzling reporters won’t stop a riot. Freedom to report the news means the freedom to gather it, whether a journalist for mainstream media or a citizen using a cellphone camera.
Recently a friend posted a video on Facebook that he asserted would demolish the Godless theory of evolution. On it, a fellow sitting in a pickup and wearing a backward baseball cap smugly explained that Darwinian evolution contradicts the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a fundamental …
BY PAUL BROWN: Scientists looking at what is known as the “Fertile Crescent” of ancient Mesopotamia have found new evidence that drought caused by climate change brings an end to civilizations. It is the latest study that confirms the threat posed to present civilizations in Africa, Asia and parts of the United States by changes in rainfall pattern that could lead to the abandonment of once-fertile areas — and the cities that once were fed by them.
BY DOUG CUNNINGHAM: It is silly to reflexively put that second hand on the steering wheel whenever a patrol car nears. If I’m not doing anything wrong, why be fearful? But feeling a certain discomfort in our own skin is a unique yet ubiquitous experience for black Americans.
BY RANDY MALAMUD: The bad guys have won. There is no way to keep in our heads the new and improved super-safe passwords that provide immunity from identity thieves.
BY DR. BECHARA CHOUCAIR: But tobacco use remains the single biggest reason for disease and premature death in Chicago and the rest of the United States. It kills more people than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined.
BY ROBERT REICH: Arthur T. Demoulas, chief executive of the Market Basket, viewed the supermarket chain as a joint enterprise from which everyone should benefit, not just shareholders. Which is why the corporate board fired him. But we’re beginning to see the Arthur T. business model pop up all over the place.
When I learned that Robin Williams died on Monday, writes Kevin Allen, I didn’t just hear “suicide” as the cause. I understood that he lost what must have been a very long battle with severe depression. I knew this because I—along with an estimated 350 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization—am in the midst of such a daily battle.
BY LINDA CHAVEZ: Medicare is fast becoming financially unsustainable. But one demographic group actually takes less out than they contribute: immigrants. …Read More
BY STAR PARKER: We’re starting to hear eulogies, but the movement is here to stay.