BY LISA GOLDMAN: While Israel’s third military assault in Gaza in less than six years can feel a bit like a macabre version of Groundhog Day, this time is different and more disturbing than the last. It is cause for grave concern.
BY EUGENE LIM: Walgreens, if we let it, will become the latest in a string of companies to move its corporate address to an overseas tax haven. It also will become one of the most shameless exploiters of this tax dodge, given that nearly a quarter of the company’s revenues come from Medicare and Medicaid.
BY RANA KHAN: Many of us take for granted the comforts of our everyday lives. No wonder it’s difficult for most people to imagine what the children in my class confront daily; poverty, violent neighborhoods, hunger and transiency. As difficult as their reality is, what offends me as a teacher is when they are told, either explicitly or implicitly, that their environment makes it impossible for them to learn.
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BY DEANNA OTHMAN: Anchors on CNN and MSNBC tout Israel as raising the standards of moral warfare, praising it for giving families 58-second warnings before demolishing their homes, reducing these people to stereotypes, equating all with Hamas — denying their humanity.
The bodies of 298 passengers and crew of Malaysia Air Flight 17, 80 of them children, lie unburied in a Ukrainian field while Vladimir Putin’s men fire their weapons into the air to keep international investigators from approaching the site. Yes, “Putin’s men.” Calling them …
BY WAYNE D. WATSON. Chicago State University recently took significant steps to protect students and employees on campus by adopting an anti-bullying policy. In response, two faculty members filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the policy is “aimed at squelching criticism” and that their First Amendment rights are somehow violated by the University’s efforts to put an end to bullying. The misleading statements in the lawsuit and in public forums deserve a response.
BY RHONDA PRESENT: Growing up, one of my favorite toys was a View-Master, a little red stereoscope into which I would load photographic reels filled with scenes from cartoons and faraway lands. Yet, somehow, the idyllic pictures I once loved have been replaced with horrific images of children dodging bullets and makeshift memorials that keep flashing over and over in my mind.
BY CRAIG FUTTERMAN, JAMIE KALVEN, JON LOEVY AND FLINT TAYLOR: We stand at a watershed in the long history of efforts to address patterns of police abuse in Chicago. On March 10, the state appellate court held in Kalven v. Chicago that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. On July 11, the Emanuel administration announced that it will not appeal Kalven and that it has adopted a set of procedures for implementing the decision.
If one believes even a significant fraction of the horror stories in the national news media, beastly male behavior has become almost epidemic on American college campuses. Tales of drunken sexual assaults and worse multiply from sea to shining sea. Even the Obama administration is …
BY HARRY MARK PETRAKIS. Illness came in my 11th year like a thief in the night, intent upon stealing my life. The only hint of a serious affliction was a daily weariness that had me needing to rest after school.The doctor’s X-rays revealed tubercular lesions on my lungs. In the following months, I began to read as soon as I awoke, and I read through the day.
BY HOLLY AGRA: Millions of tourists and residents enjoy the wide variety of activities that Chicago offers. These industries are of great importance to the economy. As president of a tour boat company in Chicago, recent experience has me concerned that a fluctuating economy is not the only danger to my business. Climate change has brought Chicago unpredictable and increasingly extreme weather.
BY DANIEL ELBAUM: Consider Israel’s response to rocket fire in Gaza. After the murder of three Israeli teenagers, Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization, began firing hundreds of rockets into Israel. After several warnings, Israel launched airstrikes aimed at eliminating the rockets. Those who cannot tell the difference between Israel’s actions and those of Hamas simply do not want to. There is no moral haziness here.
BY LISA MADIGAN AND THOMAS PEREZ: Every day, two million people care for people in their homes. They bathe our parents and grandparents and help our children with disabilities get dressed. Their work is demanding. It can be dirty. But it can also be enormously satisfying. Most importantly, it allows our loved ones to live in their homes with dignity and independence, rather than in institutions.
BY RICHARD C. LONGWORTH: Few politicians have seen their reputations dive so far and so fast as Richard M. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago and the symbol of what’s great and what’s grim about the city he ruled for 22 years.
BY MARCUS EVANS AND CHERYL JOHNSON: After decades of pollution that has bombard our South Side neighborhoods and hurt our health, we’re taking on the fight to cut pollution and beat back climate change.
BY JACOB SULLUM: A crime no man can commit: Tennessee’s law criminalizing drug use during pregnancy heaps punishment on reviled women.
BY PAUL GREEN: The Tea Party movement in the Republican Party has been the hot political party topic for the last several years. Meanwhile, on the other side, Democrats have had a relatively peaceful time generally uniting behind President Barack Obama’s governing record. Will the Democratic Party’s left wing start making some serious political noise?
BY MONA CHAREN: Charges of Republican or conservative heartlessness about the children flooding the border have been common. Some journalists seemingly cannot type the word Republican without the modifier “heartless.” But where is the evidence of this supposed callousness, and why is it any greater among Republicans than Democrats?
BY CHERYL L. HYMAN AND BARBARA BYRD-BENNETT: We can shorten the path to college by giving more high school students access to college-level courses.
BY JOHN MAKI: A state criminal justice reform committee holds its first public hearing on Tuesday. Its members should look for opportunities to address the crisis of gun violence that plagues Chicago’s poorest communities — but first the committee must understand what this crisis is really about.