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BY MURRAY POLNER: Washington is overflowing with living room heroes whose kids go to college rather than into the military and who bear no responsibility for the appalling outcomes of the wars they urge on the nation and its presidents. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hispanics want freedom, not big government ]]>

BY STAR PARKER: The worse thing Republicans can do is to pander to the welfare-state left and put America’s most precious commodity, freedom, on the auction block to bid for Hispanic votes. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:14:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wonder-filled space or urban blight? ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:08:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ike deserves better than this memorial farce ]]> Lead story image

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 which taxpayers always lose. The Eisenhower Memorial travesty is more offensive than the usual palm-greasing, because the greatness of an American hero is being lost. “You like Ike. I like Ike. Everybody likes Ike for president.” So ran the campaign ditty from 1952. It was pretty well true. The former 5-star general won 39 states … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:08:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Theater of war unavoidable for Obama ]]> Lead story image

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 before the movie’s released. But here’s the thing: If Obama can pull off the three-cushion bank shot he’s attempting in the Middle East — fighting ISIS extremists to a standstill without committing U.S. ground troops in a futile quest to remake Iraq and Syria in the American image — he’ll definitely deserve some kind of … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Let Common Core flourish in Illinois ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama guilty of diplomatic malpractice ]]> Lead story image

“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 see the wisdom in his prudence. “I do not make apologies for being careful in these areas, even if it doesn’t make for good theater.” Obama’s tendency to caricature his critics — in this case suggesting that they’re looking for “theater” rather than solid accomplishment — may be remembered as one of his most damaging … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Illinois exports in jeopardy ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:29:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:31:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:46:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ For loyalty, a basset hound is unbeatable ]]> Lead story image

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 your way as he snuffled along a rabbit trail. But you just had to go fetch him. Fortunately, Fred was never super-quick and took no evasive actions — although you pretty much had to drag him home. Fred’s photo appeared in the newspaper because he was a notorious escape artist: “Pet of the Week,” available … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Charter schools doing better than many claim ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:26:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘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. ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:50:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Berkeley could lead way with tax on soda pop ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:17:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Remembering Sept. 11, one victim at a time ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:58:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:22:42 -0500