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Do non-citizens vote? Yes

Democrats want everyone to vote: old, young, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, citizen, non-citizen. Wait, what was that last one again? We’ll get to that. Voter ID laws, passed by 30 states so far, are efforts by legislatures to ensure the integrity of votes. Being asked …

The ‘Dear White People’ Syndrome

BY MORGAN JERKINS: Why movies are obsessed with light-skinned black characters

Who likes the police most?

BY EMILY EKINS: Americans in general like the police, a new poll shows, but older, more affluent, white, conservative Republicans really like the cops.

Clinton detractor ignores historical facts

By hard pundit law, nonstop media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign begins on the morning after the 2014 congressional elections — about 18 months before normal Americans want to hear about it. However, like the “countdown” to major sporting events, it’s also a cable …

Football monopolies the source of scandals

BY SEAN MCCOY: The NFL and NCAA face little oversight from government. Both self-regulate. Should anyone be surprised that a system controlled by member schools or the NFL team owners fails to adequately police its league?

Renee Zellweger can’t win

BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: The Oscar winner’s new look is getting way too much scrutiny. But if she had shown up at a recent event looking exactly like what she is — a normal 45-year-old woman — she would have gotten plenty of grief.

Smart cities invest in play

BY MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: When we put money and energy into play and parks, we put a priority on the health and development of our children and our city. It’s an important way to attract and retain a talented workforce and top businesses.

Baby boomers, quit knocking millennials

BY ALEXANDER S. BALKIN: The seemingly endless list of complaints about millennials begins with lazy and pampered, and ends with “selfies.” Frankly, I am tired of it.

Midwest pushes ahead on immigration reform

BY JULIANA KERR AND PAUL MCDANIEL: While Washington continues to do nothing, cities and states, especially in the Midwest, are devising new immigrant-friendly policies.

Does Obama care about people?

Can you walk out on the messiah? Appearing at a campaign rally for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown in Maryland on Sunday, President Obama sought to capture the magic that had electrified audiences in 2008 and, to some considerable degree, even in 2012. Obama isn’t doing …

Cannabis grows best in the sunshine

BY SCOTT MARKLE. While cannabis is still illegal under federal laws, Illinois is now one of 21 states that have created a legal framework for its medical production and distribution. There has been a lot of reporting on the new industry, but a fundamental question has been largely overlooked: How should legal cannabis be grown?

  • Election coverage fearless and fair

    At the Sun-Times, we like to report the news, not be the news. Unfortunately, this weekend we were the political story in Illinois. Our journalistic ethics were questioned by the campaign of Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, in regard to a story we …Read More

  • Ebola hysteria driven by ratings

    “First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror …” — President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933 Inaugural Address One time, my wife and I went walking near a pasture …Read More

  • Unjustified panic over Ebola

    BY LINDA CHAVEZ: Ebola is an awful disease that has tragically infected a handful of Americans. But it should not be dominating our news.

  • Making magic  in the classroom

    BY LAURIE HENDRICKSON: At a time of increasingly standardized curriculum in American public schools, the “Maker Movement” has become a popular trend in education. This movement gives kids a space to make something new or original — a chance to think for themselves and take charge of their own learning.

    Stop letting politicians scare you into war

    BY SHELDON RICHMAN: The best way to avoid terrorism is to stop dropping bombs on Muslims. Meanwhile, everyone should take a deep breath. The risk of being a victim of terrorism is miniscule.

    The equal pay delusion

    Voters are souring on the Democratic Party. Apparently, all it takes are six years of economic torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt; revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Department of Veterans Affairs, …