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Northwestern study offers coping strategies for dementia sufferers, caregivers

I am writing to applaud Northwestern University for its recent research study on mindfulness and its impact on Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. With so much focus placed on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, a majority of the available resources (funding, time, …

Complaint over salute ridiculous

The latest brouhaha of the conservative media elites of President Obama saluting while holding a travel cup in his hand, is, once again, a vain attempt on their part to rewrite history. Even President Eisenhower, the five-star general, did not salute the military personnel around …

Incumbents need to solve problems, or get out

You get the type of representation you voted for, a lot goes into that oft-repeated statement. Do we vote for political aspirants because of our party affiliation, job security or racial or social considerations? Many office holders are reasonably honest and most have pleasing personalities …

State senator’s idea of a ‘fair’ tax would burden middle class

A state senator wrote a letter urging Illinois to replace its current tax system with what he calls a fairer tax. He feels that taxing everybody at the same rate is unfair. I can understand his desire to get more money out of the state’s …

Nation has not changed for better

The news is abuzz about a man who jumped the fence and entered the White House through the unlocked entry door before being caught. The Secret Service is on the hot seat for muffing its protective role to that extent. Heads may roll. What a …

Mayor worthy of pot shots over his soft stance on marijuana possession

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to decriminalize the possession of marijuana. Looking at this event in perspective, it is clear that a licensing money grab and a shameless plea for voter kowtowing is the order of the day for the Emanuel mayoral campaign. This move reeks …

Time to replace state’s broken flat tax with a fairer tax system

The Sun-Times recently published an article that shed light on a major problem facing Illinois: we have one of the most unfair tax systems in the United States. The article was about a study from WalletHub that ranks the fairness of tax systems. Illinois’ system …

City’s green spaces must be preserved

When I read John Vukmirovich’s Viewpoint essay on Saturday, it took my breath away. To realize all the beauty he described was about a place I thought I was very familiar with. Yet I’d never been privy to the views that space offered early in …

Fight companies such as GE for rolling back retirees’ health care coverage

Nearly, 65,000 General Electric retirees will soon find their current earned retirement health care coverage gone at the end of this year, only to be replaced by a substitute Affordable Care Act private health exchange. GE is just the latest in a long list of …

It’s time to acknowledge there’s no justification for spanking a child

“Hitting a child is always wrong” — your important, thought-provoking editorial on Sept. 18 — highlighted a disturbing societal problem that has gone unattended for too long. The following comments buttress your position. Regarding spanking (however one may choose to define it), Edward Lee Thorndike, …

Blame Bush for Iraq withdrawal

Regular readers of Steve Huntley’s column know to expect neo-conservative pro-war arguments, and Mr. Huntley is certainly entitled to his opinion. But he is not entitled to mistate historical facts. When he writes that “Obama’s decision to pull out all troops in 2011, squandering the …

Wallenda walk worth watching

Regarding the Sun-Times’ Sept. 16 editorial, “Wallenda’s walk — watch it or not?”: Humans are infinitely variable, and I’m not talking about differences in size or color, but rather in our likes and dislikes. Some prefer opera to hip-hop, ballet to break dancing, liberals to …

‘Whoopings,’ which were not limited to black families, were not a big deal

I just read Mary Mitchell’s article on the Adrian Peterson affair. The “whooping” she describes was not limited to black families. My wife and I are both white. When I got out of line as a kid, my mother used a broad, heavy hairbrush on …

Right-wing Obama-bashers should travel to Middle East to lead charge

In the 1930s it was fashionable for writers to travel to Spain and join the fight against fascism. In that spirit, wouldn’t it be a good idea for all those right-wing pundits who are so certain they know exactly what President Barack Obama has been …

Election contribution, spending limits would help ensure the voice of all

No political party or campaign should be influenced by big money from special interests, regardless of anonymity. While they have the right to voice their opinion, the volume of that voice should not be determined by money, especially big money spent influencing politics. This is …