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Our online IDs deserve better security

EDITORIAL: If businesses don’t do a better job of protecting our personal data, they should expect government to step in and do the job for them.

Nation needs to address end-of-life care

EDITORIAL: It’s time to revive the dreaded “death panel” debate. Not in the destructive and uninformed way it played out during the Obamacare debate in 2009. Sarah Palin helped kill off a vital provision that would have reimbursed doctors for counseling patients about end-of-life care by erroneously labeling those doctors part of a death panel. Instead, it’s time for a genuine debate about end-of-life care, one we hope will bring real change to a health care system that fails to respect the final wishes of far too many of us.

Editorial: Bishop a good fit for Chicago

EDITORIAL: Can you get a good vibe from a press conference? We believe we did Saturday morning when Bishop Blase Cupich, the next archbishop of Chicago, was introduced to our city and region.

Hey, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, lend us your ear

EDITORIAL: A candidate can learn a few things during election time. One of the things Rahm Emanuel seems to be learning is to listen a little better to community voices before barreling ahead with a new headline-grabbing project.

Why Chicago excites Jimmy Fallon

EDITORIAL: Jimmy Fallon is coming to town. Are we excited? Maybe a bit too much.

Rauner needs to turn over new leaf on medical pot

EDITORIAL: It’s disappointing to hear that Bruce Rauner is unsupportive of legalized medical marijuana in Illinois, and we can’t imagine why he thinks the state should squeeze a profit from its sale. Does the Republican candidate for governor seriously doubt that thousands — perhaps tens of thousands — of suffering people would not have their chronic pain eased?

Hitting a child is always wrong

EDITORIAL: The Minnesota Vikings made the right call, finally. Even if not necessarily for the right reasons. Facing tremendous corporate and public pressure, the team owners on Wednesday reversed course and announced that star running back Adrian Peterson will be benched until his child abuse case is resolved. What would be the right reason? If the team, and the public at large, embraced a simple, but oh-so-hard-to-accept fact: Hitting a kid is always wrong.

River ordinance is sign of good taste

EDITORIAL: Thanks, Mr. Trump, for the ugly sign. As it turns out, it will make our downtown riverfront look much nicer. What your sign did was alert local officials to the importance of protecting the visual impact of Chicago’s handsome downtown riverscape.

Flawed reform is better than none

EDITORIAL: To survive the political process, reform often comes with a few scratches on the veneer. That’s the case with a proposal to move the City Council under the purview of City of Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson. The proposal is not perfect, but it would be a big step forward.

Editorial: Wallenda’s walk — watch it, or not?

EDITORIAL: Nik Wallenda’s decision to risk his life by walking a tight rope high above the Chicago River on Nov. 2 says something about him. If he falls, he dies, and he’s okay with that. Our decision to watch — or not — says something about us.

Gov’t should  renegotiate  FBI building lease

EDITORIAL: Leasing that FBI building might have made sense. Paying that crazy high rent makes no sense.

It shouldn’t take a government photo ID to exercise one’s right to vote

EDITORIAL: Studies have shows about 11 percent of Americans don’t have a government-issued photo ID. Many of those people also lack the birth certificates needed to obtain a state ID.

T. rex Sue — still our queen

EDITORIAL: Children love dinosaurs, always have, the scarier the better. So Sue has no worries.Sue may no longer be the world’s biggest predatory dinosaur, but she’s still the one you most don’t want to meet on a dark night.

How to tackle society’s problem of domestic abuse

EDITORIAL: If only Ray Rice and the National Football League were the problem. They are a problem. But not the problem. To get men to stop beating the women in their lives, or at least dramatically reduce its incidence, it will take all of us, at every level of society, to reject domestic abuse whenever and wherever we see it.

A ray of hope on Earth’s future

EDITORIAL: A United Nations report on Wednesday gave us news that’s both cheering and that shows how by coming together people can hope to forestall ecological disasters. Scientists have found that the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer, which protects people, plants and the aquatic food chain from dangerous ultraviolet radiation, has started to repair itself now that we’ve stopped using dangerous chemicals once found in refrigerants and aerosol cans.