BY DR. JEREMY J. FARRAR AND DR. PETER PIOT : The Ebola epidemic shows what can happen when luck escapes us. With a different pathogen and a different transmission route, a similar crisis could strike in New York, Geneva or Beijing.
BY MURRAY POLNER: Washington is overflowing with living room heroes whose kids go to college rather than into the military and who bear no responsibility for the appalling outcomes of the wars they urge on the nation and its presidents.
BY STAR PARKER: The worse thing Republicans can do is to pander to the welfare-state left and put America’s most precious commodity, freedom, on the auction block to bid for Hispanic votes.
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BY JOHN VUKMIROVICH: Two outdoor attractions in Chicago, Wooded Island and the Wolf Lake Overlook, remind the city of what can be lost if we redevelop open lands without care or caution.
The long-running debacle over the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a textbook case of corruption. A great deal of money sloshes around without any accountability, pocketed by those with connections and without scruples, in the name of doing good. It’s a sucker’s game, at …
Maybe next time, they’ll award the Nobel Peace Prize at the end of a politician’s tenure rather than the beginning. There was always something mildly farcical about the Swedish committee recognizing President Obama’s lofty rhetoric in advance of real achievements. It’s like awarding the Oscar …Read More
BY MICHAEL J. PETRILLI AND MICHAEL BRICKMAN: Educators throughout Illinois have spent the past four years preparing for the new Common Core learning standards by developing curricula, adopting new textbooks, and prepping themselves to teach challenging material. Yet just as Illinois is about to reap the rewards of this long planting season, some want to backpedal. This effort is led by the Chicago Teachers Union, which reversed its earlier support for these new standards.
BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: Despite conservative outrage, many of the pageant’s winners have been pro-choice.
“Oh, it’s a shame when you have a wan, diffident, professorial president with no foreign policy other than ‘don’t do stupid things.’” So griped President Obama to a select (and loose-lipped) group of dinner guests the other night. The president is annoyed that critics cannot …Read More
BY NICKI ANDERSON: Illinois is one of the nation’s top five exporters. If Congress fails to act and the Export-Import Bank is shut down, thousands of Illinois workers could be out of a job.
BY ROBERT REICH: No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School — inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.
BY JAY STERLING SILVER: Despite all the debate over the University of Illinois’ refusal to let Professor Steven Salaita teach because many have found his tweets offensive, the real issue in the case has gone unaddressed.
We ended up adopting Fred due to his incorrigible stubbornness. Originally bred to track game, basset hounds can be amazingly persistent. It sometimes appears that when their noses are working, their hearing shuts down. Fred, however, could hear you all right. Sometimes, he’d even glance …
BY ANDREW BROY: The recent Sun-Times coverage of Chicago charter school performance confirms the wisdom of Mark Twain, who once said there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. The focus has been on new test data in a story and an opinion piece by a CPS principal, both of which draw sweeping conclusions from limited data about how charter schools and district-run schools compare. We at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools feel compelled to tell the rest of the story.
BY DANIEL DOLAN-LAUGHLIN: I nearly lost my life to lung disease. I was lucky enough to receive a double-lung transplant. For people such as me, good air quality means the difference between life and death. We can’t let Congress delay important clean air protections any longer.
BY JIM NEWELL: The tea party’s leader is spoiling for another debt ceiling fight, which last time almost shut down the federal government. It’s a sign of things to come if the GOP wins control.
BY ROBERT REICH: Sugary drinks are blamed for increasing rates of chronic disease and obesity. Yet, efforts to reduce their consumption through taxes have gone nowhere.
BY MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA: While watching the water cascade into the sunken pools that are the footprints of the Twin Towers at The National 9/11 Memorial in New York City, I realized I wasn’t really looking at the gold-etched names that my fingers were caressing. I mean, really looking. So I glanced down at the first name that happened to come into vision: Gayle R. Greene.
BY PHILLIP CANTOR: A focus on building strong relationships between teachers and students and helping teachers see students as unique individuals is making a big difference at the Chicago public high school where I teach.
BY DERRIK GAY: President Bush’s invasion of Iraq created the conditions that would require a continual presence by the U.S. military in that country, in part to counter ISIS.