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BY LAWRENCE WITTNER: The soaring salaries of university presidents and other top managers is matched only by their soaring numbers. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Don’t demonize video games for violence ]]>

BY MARY FLANAGAN: The popular media incriminate video games as a broad category that merely teaches violence. Video games are far more than violent, and many can be as harmless as a toy gun. ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hamas’ triumph ]]> Lead story image

Hamas, with perhaps unwitting help from President Barack Obama, is achieving its war aim: to legitimize Islamic supremacism and Jew-hatred, and take it global. Jews are no longer safe in Europe or even in some places in the U.S. Who now recalls that when Hamas was elected, the world responded with disgust? Hamas was on everyone’s terrorist list. Flailing, the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and United States asked Hamas to recognize Israel, renounce terror and agree to live by previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority. Hamas refused. Nevertheless, its image is much improved. Hamas enjoys … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blame tax code if Walgreens exits ]]> Lead story image

BY REP. BRAD SCHNEIDER: More and more companies are considering moving their headquarters outside the United States to take advantage of lower corporate tax rates. The U.S. tax code is woefully outdated, ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:28:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ World’s most powerful men looking weak ]]> Lead story image

Search the phrase “the most powerful man in the world” and what comes up are photos of grotesquely over-developed weightlifters; also Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. Awfully ironic under present circumstances. It’s a cant term TV news anchors use to describe U.S. presidents, enhancing their own self-importance as chroniclers of the great. But have two politicians ever looked less like demigods than presidents Obama and Putin? “Things are in the saddle and ride mankind,” Emerson wrote. The unspeakable tragedy in the Ukraine underscores that brute fact. However, it’s not an existential point I’d like to make, but a political one. … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:08:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ What’s different in Israel this time ]]>

BY LISA GOLDMAN: While Israel’s third military assault in Gaza in less than six years can feel a bit like a macabre version of Groundhog Day, this time is different and more disturbing than the last. It is cause for grave concern. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:12:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Walgreens: The tax-dodger on the corner ]]> Lead story image

BY EUGENE LIM: Walgreens, if we let it, will become the latest in a string of companies to move its corporate address to an overseas tax haven. It also will become one of the most shameless exploiters of this tax dodge, given that nearly a quarter of the company’s revenues come from Medicare and Medicaid. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:44:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Overcoming odds in poor schools requires a personal touch ]]>

BY RANA KHAN: Many of us take for granted the comforts of our everyday lives. No wonder it’s difficult for most people to imagine what the children in my class confront daily; poverty, violent neighborhoods, hunger and transiency. As difficult as their reality is, what offends me as a teacher is when they are told, either explicitly or implicitly, that their environment makes it impossible for them to learn.   ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:17:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Where are the voices of Gaza’s victims? ]]> Lead story image

BY DEANNA OTHMAN: Anchors on CNN and MSNBC tout Israel as raising the standards of moral warfare, praising it for giving families 58-second warnings before demolishing their homes, reducing these people to stereotypes, equating all with Hamas — denying their humanity. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:02:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ The criminal in the Kremlin ]]> Lead story image

The bodies of 298 passengers and crew of Malaysia Air Flight 17, 80 of them children, lie unburied in a Ukrainian field while Vladimir Putin’s men fire their weapons into the air to keep international investigators from approaching the site. Yes, “Putin’s men.” Calling them “Russian separatists” unnecessarily dignifies them. They are supplied, armed and trained by the despot in the Kremlin. At the very least, Putin is responsible for arming these dangerous actors. At most, it’s possible the missile wasn’t fired by Ukrainians at all, but by Russians, which would answer President Barack Obama’s question: “What do they have … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:06:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ CSU’s anti-bullying policy is not anti-First Amendment ]]> Lead story image

BY WAYNE D. WATSON. Chicago State University recently took significant steps to protect students and employees on campus by adopting an anti-bullying policy. In response, two faculty members filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the policy is “aimed at squelching criticism” and that their First Amendment rights are somehow violated by the University’s efforts to put an end to bullying. The misleading statements in the lawsuit and in public forums deserve a response. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:41:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Good parenting alone isn’t enough to prevent violence ]]>

BY RHONDA PRESENT: Growing up, one of my favorite toys was a View-Master, a little red stereoscope into which I would load photographic reels filled with scenes from cartoons and faraway lands. Yet, somehow, the idyllic pictures I once loved have been replaced with horrific images of children dodging bullets and makeshift memorials that keep flashing over and over in my mind. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police abuse allegations finally go public ]]>

BY CRAIG FUTTERMAN, JAMIE KALVEN, JON LOEVY AND FLINT TAYLOR: We stand at a watershed in the long history of efforts to address patterns of police abuse in Chicago. On March 10, the state appellate court held in Kalven v. Chicago that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. On July 11, the Emanuel administration announced that it will not appeal Kalven and that it has adopted a set of procedures for implementing the decision. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ When academic committees play police ]]> Lead story image

If one believes even a significant fraction of the horror stories in the national news media, beastly male behavior has become almost epidemic on American college campuses. Tales of drunken sexual assaults and worse multiply from sea to shining sea. Even the Obama administration is getting in on the act. Based upon the dubious claim that one in five college women is a victim of sexual assault — if people really believed that, even “highly selective” schools couldn’t keep their dorms filled — there’s now a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Colleges are being warned … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ How illness shaped a writer’s life ]]> Lead story image

BY HARRY MARK PETRAKIS. Illness came in my 11th year like a thief in the night, intent upon stealing my life. The only hint of a serious affliction was a daily weariness that had me needing to rest after school.The doctor’s X-rays revealed tubercular lesions on my lungs. In the following months, I began to read as soon as I awoke, and I read through the day. ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:11:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Global warming threatens Chicago tourism ]]>

BY HOLLY AGRA: Millions of tourists and residents enjoy the wide variety of activities that Chicago offers. These industries are of great importance to the economy. As president of a tour boat company in Chicago, recent experience has me concerned that a fluctuating economy is not the only danger to my business. Climate change has brought Chicago unpredictable and increasingly extreme weather. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:10:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hamas and Israel: A clear moral distinction ]]>

BY DANIEL ELBAUM: Consider Israel’s response to rocket fire in Gaza. After the murder of three Israeli teenagers, Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization, began firing hundreds of rockets into Israel. After several warnings, Israel launched airstrikes aimed at eliminating the rockets. Those who cannot tell the difference between Israel’s actions and those of Hamas simply do not want to. There is no moral haziness here. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:10:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Taking care of our caretakers ]]>

BY LISA MADIGAN AND THOMAS PEREZ: Every day, two million people care for people in their homes. They bathe our parents and grandparents and help our children with disabilities get dressed. Their work is demanding. It can be dirty. But it can also be enormously satisfying. Most importantly, it allows our loved ones to live in their homes with dignity and independence, rather than in institutions. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:23:23 -0500