Just try to envision the scene: A newly elected Republican mayor of a large American city takes steps to close down some of the best schools serving an almost exclusively minority population. You know how it would go. We’d be hearing that Republicans “hate” the …Read More
SCOTT LEESON SROKA: In a bizarre move against one of Chicago’s own, Ald. Ed Burke has issued a resolution opposing a proposal by the ATF to name its Washington headquarters after Eliot Ness. The statements by the alderman and some other recent Ness detractors are inaccurate, and they insult the brave agents who risked their lives during the Capone investigation.
BY W. BRADFORD WILCOX: The Millennial generation’s ties to the core human institutions that have sustained the American experiment — work, marriage and civil society — are worryingly weak.
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When seven Democratic senators voted with all of the Republicans to reject Debo Adegbile’s nomination to serve as head of the Justice Department’s civil-rights division, Harry Reid cried racism. It’s as if Reid was on autopilot, and the aide who usually touches his elbow to …
Solipsism. It’s a fancy word that means that the self is the only existing reality and that other entities, including other people, are representations of one’s own self and can have no independent existence. A person who follows this philosophy may believe that others see …
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BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: In the battle between organizations whose principles I often agree with and whose tantrums make me want to punch a wall, it’s usually a tossup between PETA and American Atheists. But this week, you win, American Atheists. The organization went to court last week to argue that a cross-shaped steel beam salvaged from the wreckage of the Twin Towers should not be part of the national 9/11 memorial.
BY DAVID DOIG AND TED STAINOS. Chicago has many assets. Like Boston, we have one of the nation’s largest aggregations of colleges and college students. Like New York and L.A., Chicago is home to a large number of the nation’s largest corporate headquarters. But the one asset that no other place, not only in the nation but in the world, has is a transportation system that provides unparalleled access to national and world markets — with its epicenter on Chicago’s Southeast Side.
BY GENE LYONS: If fans of the BBC series “Downton Abbey” resist distinguishing between fact and fiction, they have nothing on the kind of American political pundits for whom the very existence of imaginative art seems an affront. Seemingly incapable of what Coleridge called “the willing suspension of disbelief,” they reduce everything in “Downton Abbey” to a partisan cartoon.
BY EDWARD E. BAPTIST AND LOUIS HYMAN: Last weekend we watched the Oscars and, like most people, were pleased that “Twelve Years a Slave” won Best Picture. No previous film has so accurately captured the reality of enslaved people’s lives. Yet though Twelve Years shows us the labor of slavery, it omits the financial system — asset securitization — which made slavery possible.
BY SEN. MARK KIRK: On July 29, 1948, 16 injured British servicemen and women participated in an archery competition at the Stoke Mandeville Games, the inspiration for the modern Paralympic Games. Almost 66 years later, Friday marks the beginning of the 26th Paralympic Games, a tradition that celebrates and highlights athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities from around the world. TheY are showing the world that they refuse to let their disabilities define their lives.
Snow has no respect for the calendar, so the snowfall season for the National Weather Service starts July 1 and ends June 30. So far this season, Chicagoans and suburbanites have already had to dig themselves out of more than 70 inches of snow, and …
BY PAUL DETRICK: You may already know Juggalos, the fans of Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse (ICP), from Buzzfeed lists, television shows like Workaholics or music videos like “Juggalo Island.” But you may not know that Juggalos are one of the best examples of a demonized community.
BY ELIZABETH CLARKE AND JOHN MAKI: The solitary confinement of children has no place in a fair system of justice. It is time to outlaw this practice in Illinois.
BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: These were all people who could once command adulation, who graced magazine covers and bedroom walls. Now they’re punchlines — not so much because they’ve dared to get older but for the manner in which they seem to have chosen to do so.
BY RICHARD C. LONGWORTH: Forty years on, Working makes mournful reading. It’s an echo of a better time described by people who didn’t know it was a better time.
Poland remains one of the only allies of the United States excluded from the Visa Waiver Program, and it’s time for that to change.
BY JOHN FUND: The mainstream media says the Tea Party has lost clout and influence. So why are the midterm elections shaping up as a disaster for Democrats?
BY SONALI KOLHATKAR: Does it matter that the Oscars are overwhelmingly white? Yes and no. It matters because the prestige that Academy Award nominations lend to filmmakers and actors can pressure major studios to insist on greater diversity in films. But it doesn’t matter as much because, well, the Oscars themselves matter less and less.
BY EDWIN LYNGAR: To some people the idea of retirees yelling at the television all day may seem funny, but this isn’t a joke. We’re losing the nation’s grandparents, and it’s an American tragedy.