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  • Whose side is Trump really on?

    Whose side is Trump really on?

    President Donald Trump says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is “a total disaster.” It certainly is a disaster — to those who would entice gullible young people into taking student loans for worthless degrees; to those mortgage brokers who sign up first-time buyers with low rates before...

  • A missed opportunity for mercy

    A missed opportunity for mercy

    It’s hard to fathom anyone cruel enough to sentence a dying woman to prison, but apparently such a person exists and sits on a judge’s bench in Cook County. From all accounts, Bonnie Liltz was a devoted mother to the severely disabled daughter she’d adopted. When she found that her health was declining...

  • Fighting teen anxiety

    Fighting teen anxiety

    As I read Nov. 26 Front Page article “Happier and healthy lives: Schools change homework, start times and more in response to student anxiety,” I said, “Finally!” It highlighted student stress. Young people have many obstacles to deal with — adolescence alone can have it challenges — including...

  • When species go extinct, humans should care

    When species go extinct, humans should care

    According to R. Alexander Pyron in his Monday op-ed “Species die, people. Deal with it,” we shouldn’t worry about whether climate change affects other species; we should only be concerned about how it affects humans. He states that “extinction does not carry moral significance” because it is a...

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  • Why everyone's talking about 'Lady Bird,' and why you should be too

    Why everyone's talking about 'Lady Bird,' and why you should be too

    I went to see Greta Gerwig’s movie “Lady Bird” the other day and this is my three-word review: What a relief. What a relief to see a movie that so genuinely reflects a woman’s experience and viewpoint, and what a contrast to the trailers that preceded it in the theater on the day I was there. “Lady...

  • The dance of Luis, Chuy and Rahm is no coincidence

    The dance of Luis, Chuy and Rahm is no coincidence

    When it comes to Chicago mayoral politics, do you believe in coincidences? Some of you who’ve been watching the recent public dance of Luis, Chuy and Rahm may believe in coincidences. That’s unfortunate. Because only children believe in coincidences, and a few opium-smoking poets, and perhaps the...

  • Emanuel takes next step toward O'Hare express train

    Emanuel takes next step toward O'Hare express train

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking another step in his plan to build an express train from downtown to O'Hare International Airport by putting out a government version of a casting call. The city on Wednesday will issue a Request for Qualifications, or RFQ, for respondents to offer their credentials...

  • Actual experts confirm that the GOP tax plan is a dud

    Actual experts confirm that the GOP tax plan is a dud

    “Have you no sense of economics?” demanded an angry reader, objecting to my nine-point critique last Wednesday of Republican plans to overhaul the federal tax code. Well, I do have some sense. I have a sense that economics is in part a faith-based social science in which political and ideological...

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  • Wake up and nap, America

    Wake up and nap, America

    The secret of adult life — lean in closely now — is that you don’t have to stay awake for everything. And this isn’t true only in the gentle twilight after a holiday meal. On non-holidays, it’s especially true in those interminable midafternoon meetings at work. As colleagues or guests drone on...

  • For the doughboys: How to preserve World War I memorials in Illinois

    For the doughboys: How to preserve World War I memorials in Illinois

    One November day in 1926, locals gathered in Highland Park to dedicate a statue in honor of the 363 residents who served in World War I. A band played patriotic songs and schoolchildren marched. Then life went on. Before long, there would be more wars to commemorate. If you know where to go in...

  • Infant death and DCFS: Is unsafe sleep abusive?

    Infant death and DCFS: Is unsafe sleep abusive?

    She was 9 months old, described only as “Baby H” in a report compiled by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services inspector general. She was congested when her mother gave her Tylenol before bed and placed her on a pillow in her crib. Three hours later she was dead, lying in the...

  • Cop who shot at teens is a criminal, not a scapegoat

    Cop who shot at teens is a criminal, not a scapegoat

    “Mr. Proano was not maintaining the ‘thin blue line’ that separates us from anarchy and chaos and violence. He was bringing the chaos and violence.” – U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman, sentencing Chicago police Officer Marco Proano to five years in prison No, Marco Proano is not a scapegoat....

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  • How I dumped cable, saved money and lived to watch plenty of TV

    How I dumped cable, saved money and lived to watch plenty of TV

    I finally cut the cord. I did it a few weeks ago after realizing that I was watching a lot more television via my Amazon Fire device than my cable box. Partly, I wanted to save a little money. But I also wanted to see how easy — or hard — it would be to cobble together some streaming services that...

  • How Democrats and Republican can avoid moral hypocrisy

    How Democrats and Republican can avoid moral hypocrisy

    Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said everything he could say — even that there were no words to wipe away the sexual conduct he has already apologized for. ("I know there are no magic words I can say to regain your trust and that it's going to take time.") He sounded remorseful, not defiant. He said...

  • Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act. Will she be charged?

    Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act. Will she be charged?

    The special counsel is facing the biggest test of his career. I'm referring not to Robert Mueller but to Henry Kerner of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the small agency that investigates Hatch Act violations. That law prohibits executive branch employees from using their government positions...

  • I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality.

    I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality.

    Right now, you can go online and connect with friends, watch videos and read the news. There’s a good chance you are reading this online right now. We do much more on the internet than consume content, however. Increasingly, the internet is also where we create. We use online platforms and digital...

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