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Who are you calling the party of the rich?

The median American household saw its net worth decline by 36 percent during the Great Recession. That is a hard reality. A Republican held the White House when the crash hit, and voters, in no mood to be charitable, blamed the GOP. Besides, Democrats were …

We need holy radicals among us

BY KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Since the news of a new Chicago archbishop broke on Sept. 20, the buzz has been about politics. Blase Cupich, seen as a “moderate,” is replacing Cardinal Francis George, viewed as a “conservative.” But there were no politics here, as people prayed in unison.

Single moms need a minimum wage hike

BY MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: If the federal government will not raise the minimum wage, we will raise it here in Chicago. Working families, especially families headed by women, have waited long enough.

How the Apple Watch could help revolutionize health care

BY JIM EPSTEIN: The Apple Watch includes a heart rate monitor. Future models will likely track our body temperature, glucose levels, tremors, oxygen and hydration, helping patients stay out of the doctor’s waiting room. This is one of many ways in which Silicon Valley is poised to remake the monstrously inefficient health care industry. But will government get out of the way?

Global warming vs. world poverty

BY PATRICK ALLITT: The only way out of mass poverty is industrialization. Every rich country is industrial. All the poorest ones are not. We can understand the global warming debate only by keeping this basic truth in mind. Only when the citizens of China and India can stay alive will they take an interest in overcoming the side effects of industry.

Why you get hurt and Trump does not

BY ROBERT REICH: In America, people with lots of money can easily avoid the consequences of bad bets by cashing out at the first sign of trouble. But ordinary people lose their jobs, homes and pensions.

‘A simple traffic stop . . . now it was a gun battle’


Eliot Ness is still my guy

BY TOM MCNAMEE: Say it ain’t so, Eliot. Oh, heck, I’ll say it for him: It ain’t so. Or so I’ve decided to believe. The reputation of Eliot Ness, the famous Prohibition agent, has taken a lot of hits over the years. But Ness’ reputation as a straight arrow who could not be bought — the most untouchable of the Untouchables — has never seriously been challenged. Until now.

Appalling human rights records of five Arab allies

BY ALLISON JACKSON: President Barack Obama said Monday the United States was “proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with its five Arab allies in the bombing campaign against ISIS. Proud? Really? While no one is questioning the depravity of the Islamic State, in some respects America’s Arab teammates aren’t much better.

Climate change ignorers — not deniers — are the problem

BY IRA CHERNUS: The old global warming narrative of “doom-sayers versus deniers” is too easy and pat to make much headway in American politics.

Thirty, single, renting, deep in debt and happy

BY SHAWN MCCOY: Are older generations right to worry about the arrested development of the millennials? That grossly neglects millennials’ ability to make smart decisions and free ourselves from the constraints and common mistakes of earlier generations.

Teaching reading — and tolerance — with comic books

BY ALEXA W.C. LEE-HASSAN: I didn’t add “Young Avengers” to my school’s comic-book library to teach tolerance. My goal was finding comics with characters that weren’t all white. But as I added more comics, it became clear they were an effective way to expose students to complex issues.

Ebola crisis demands greater action faster

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.

War: A treasured American tradition

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.

Hispanics want freedom, not big government

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.

Wonder-filled space or urban blight?

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.

Ike deserves better than this memorial farce

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 …