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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 …

  • Theater of war unavoidable for Obama

    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

  • Let Common Core flourish in Illinois

    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.

    Miss America worked for Planned Parenthood. So what?

    BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: Despite conservative outrage, many of the pageant’s winners have been pro-choice.

  • Obama guilty of diplomatic malpractice

    “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

  • Illinois exports in jeopardy

    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.

  • Business schools share blame for growing wealth disparity

    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.

    U. of I. did right, but maybe for wrong reasons

    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.

    For loyalty, a basset hound is unbeatable

    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 …

    Charter schools doing better than many claim

    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.

    ‘My life depends on clean air’

    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.

    Why these midterm elections matter

    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.

    Berkeley could lead way with tax on soda pop

    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.

    Remembering Sept. 11, one victim at a time

    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.

    When kids connect they learn more

    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.

    What exactly was Bush right about?

    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.