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  • NFL players reveal nation’s poor treatment of chronic pain

    BY DR. LYNN WEBSTER: Precious little is said aloud about the kind of chronic and debilitating pain that afflicts the likes of former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne. They are not alone.

  • Wind turbines don’t make people sick

    BY LINDSAY ABRAMS: Turbines kill birds, make noise and, according to some, are a blight on the landscape. But compared to all that, they’re a much lesser evil — and attempts to turn them into more, so far, are failing to stop the growth of Big Wind.

    NFL players reveal nation’s poor treatment of chronic pain

    BY DR. LYNN WEBSTER: Precious little is said aloud about the kind of chronic and debilitating pain that afflicts the likes of former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne. They are not alone.

    Media won’t wait until 2016 to lie about Hillary

    I once knew a curmudgeonly physician whose wife practiced family therapy. In her off hours, she often counseled a small army of girlfriends through romantic entanglements. One evening at dinner, the grumpy doctor decided he’d heard enough secondhand tales of woe. ”Look,” he said. “I …

    Timid Obama waits for ‘history’ to vanquish foes

    Bad actors around the globe keep getting confused about the calendar, and it falls to the Obama administration to set them straight. The Russians, Secretary of State John Kerry protested back in March, have forgotten what century we’re living in: “You just don’t in the …

    Israel seeks only to survive

    BY U.S. REP. RANDY HULTGREN: On a trip to Israel, the congressman from Illinois is reminded just how vital American support remains.

    How air conditioning remade America

    BY HENRY GRABAR: Because of air conditioning, Americans are more likely to eat, watch and do the same stuff across the country.

    Undermining kindergarten, one test at a time

    BY TAMMY HAGGERTY JONES: It used to be that kindergarteners were considered too young for school-wide testing, but times have changed, and from September until June they participate in five sets of standardized tests. This is far too many tests, stressing out students, depriving them of precious time to grow and explore and consuming massive amounts of teacher time that could be better spent educating. I’m all for keeping track of students, particularly the ones that are already falling behind, but this is counterproductive.

    Declare Pullman a national park

    BY U.S. REP. ROBIN KELLY: A Pullman National Park in Chicago could become the Statue of Liberty for American labor.

    Special rules apply for raising a boy who is brown

    BY D’RITA ROBINSON: There is a clause in the rules of empowerment for a son who is brown. One day I will have to tell him the truth.

    Mayor’s plan for hiring firefighters just a ‘stunt’

    BY KAREN LEWIS: The City of Chicago is gearing up to enforce its Chicago Public Schools preference policy, which would give CPS graduates preferential standing among other firefighter applicants, providing an unfair advantage above students enrolled in private or religious schools. I suggest a real and meaningful incentive plan that goes beyond the mayor’s proposal.

    Rick Perry indictment good for GOP

    BY MICHAEL LIND: When I heard that Texas Governor Rick Perry had been indicted, I thought, “This had better be good, or it will backfire on the Democrats.” It isn’t good and it may well backfire on the Democrats.

    Our roads have too many signs

    BY RICH TUCKER: In the long run we’d be safer, on the roads and in our lives, if the government was doing less to look out for us.

    Finding a community in a city neighborhood

    BY JOE ARCHER: I’m not from the South Side of Chicago. I’m from a small Ohio suburb where everybody knows your name but nobody can be bothered to extend a hand. When I moved to the city, I expected the problem to be magnified. I was right in some ways, but I was wrong in so many others.

    Ferguson cops think no news is good news

    BY GENE POLICINSKI: Manhandling and muzzling reporters won’t stop a riot. Freedom to report the news means the freedom to gather it, whether a journalist for mainstream media or a citizen using a cellphone camera.

    Climate change deniers resort to character attacks

    Recently a friend posted a video on Facebook that he asserted would demolish the Godless theory of evolution. On it, a fellow sitting in a pickup and wearing a backward baseball cap smugly explained that Darwinian evolution contradicts the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a fundamental …

    Climate change blamed for end of civilizations

    BY PAUL BROWN: Scientists looking at what is known as the “Fertile Crescent” of ancient Mesopotamia have found new evidence that drought caused by climate change brings an end to civilizations. It is the latest study that confirms the threat posed to present civilizations in Africa, Asia and parts of the United States by changes in rainfall pattern that could lead to the abandonment of once-fertile areas — and the cities that once were fed by them.