Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ U.K. really is a ‘Christian country’ ]]>

BY MATTHEW FEENEY: British Prime Minister David Cameron has caused a minor controversy in the U.K. by writing in the Church Times that “I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country.” But he’s right. Consider the first word of the national anthem. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ How Republicans squelch gun violence research ]]>

BY LOIS BECKETT: For nearly 20 years, Congress, supported by the NRA, has pushed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to steer clear of firearms violence research. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Four Great Myths of the McCarthy Era ]]>

BY JESSE WALKER: Sixty years after the Army-McCarthy hearings, we forget there was plenty of shameful behavior all around. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:36:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scorecard for a greener Chicago ]]>

BY HOWARD A. LEARNER: Given that Tuesday was Earth Day, let’s assess how Chicago has progressed on becoming a “green city” and Illinois as a “green state” while recognizing some key challenges moving forward. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:26:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Argument that social issues hurt Republican candidates with women voters doesn’t hold up ]]> Lead story image

MONA CHAREN: Just because your opponent is hurling ridiculous charges does not mean you are free to disregard them. You may think it’s absurd to say that you are engaged in a “war on women.” But contempt for the accusation is not enough. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:20:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kansas outrage proves need to address anti-Semitism ]]> Lead story image

BY CHARLES C. HAYNES: It might be consoling to treat Frazier Glenn Miller’s hate crime in Kansas as an isolated case of a deranged man. But Miller is one of thousands of people who belong to more than 1,000 anti-Semitic, white supremacist, neo-Nazi hate groups. And we underestimate them at our peril. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ No easy savings in cutting waste in state social services ]]>

BY ELIZABETH POWERS: When it comes to human service programs in Illinois, such as Medicaid and food stamps, the money to be saved by rooting out “waste, fraud and abuse” is considerably less than you might imagine, says a University of Illinois researcher. ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:22:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Help arriving for jailed mentally ill ]]>

BY TONI PRECKWINKLE AND JOHN JAY SHANNON: Roughly 20 percent of the people entering Cook County Jail suffer from mental illness. Now we can provide access to health care to such people being released from jail, which is in the interest of public health and public safety. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bigots recoil at the sight of a new America ]]>

BY JAY TCATH: That non-Jews died when Jews apparently were the intended targets in Kansas last weekend illuminates just how abnormal the assumptions of bigots have become. They are swimming against our nation’s tide of harmonious inter-group relations. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:13:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pay college athletes on the open market ]]>

BY SALIM FURTH: The NCAA evades the law by mendaciously classifying full-time athletes as students, says a Heritage Foundation scholar. But unionization is not the answer. The NCAA should allow schools to pay players on an open market. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:13:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ A one-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis ]]>

BY ESTEPHAN SALAMEH: Twenty-one years of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will reach a new deadline at the end of April. All signs point to the harsh reality that the current peace effor will end in failure. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:17:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fumbling over athletes and rape accusations ]]>

BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: Our athletes are the closest things we have in this country to gods. Our sports figures represent the pinnacle of perfection, the American ideal of strength and grace. And when that narrative doesn’t work, when instead an athlete is accused of something as monstrous as sexual assault, too often it’s easier to ignore the unpleasant possibilities than investigate their merit. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:21:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Illinois gets it wrong on gay conversion therapy ]]>

BY WAYNE BESEN: Illinois House members failed to protect the mental health of vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth when they voted 44-51 late last week against banning conversion therapy for minors. Allowing this ineffective and medieval practice to continue will cause, in the words of the American Psychiatric Association, “anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behavior” for many LGBT adolescents. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Treating pregnant workers right ]]>

BY CRISTAL THOMAS: As expectant mothers stay on the job longer into their pregnancies, there are increasing reports of employers who refuse to accommodate their conditions. Help is on the way. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Facts just killed Obamacare haters ]]>

BY JIM NEWELL: The grounds for claiming Obamacare has been an “unmitigated disaster” are receding as more and more numbers trickle out. Republicans who hope to use an upcoming Senate hearing to bash Obamacare may get more than they bargained4 for. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Say yes to a fair income tax ]]>

BY RALPH MARTIRE: This November, Illinois voters can ratify two potential amendments to the state’s Constitution. Here’s hoping a third gets on the ballot — one that would allow state income tax rates to track ability to pay. This would permit voters to decide if they’d like to be taxed in a way that’s fairer than current law. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ The parasites of Wall Street ]]>

BY ANDREW LEONARD: As Michael Lewis explains in his new best seller “Flash Boys,” high-frequency traders are taking advantage of superior technology to insert themselves between buyers and sellers on the market and skim off a piece of the action for themselves. They serve no necessary economic function. They’re parasites. ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Why did Jeb Bush drag in the word ‘love’? ]]>

BY KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Was Jeb Bush right to insert love into a political debate? Such was the question I was asked on talk radio in response to the former Florida governor’s assertion that some immigrants come into the United States illegally as an “act of love.” It would be trite to say, “All You need is love.” It would oversimplify policy differences. But it could be a start. ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:28:00 -0500