Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Bank of America phone poll hints at tellers’ doom ]]> Lead story image

With the election over, thank God, I thought pesky telephone polls would subside. But if anything, they’ve increased. Not the “Who has your vote?” polls, or what I call “Slur Polls” — questions designed not to collect answers but to deliver attacks; polls that start out normal and then slide into insinuation: “On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being most disgusted, and 1 being not as disgusted as you ought to be, how revolted were you to learn of the secret slush fund of Rep. Peckinsniff ...”) I try not to give much time to phone solicitors. I’ve … ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:21:42 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Birds, squirrels and the Israeli-Palestinian problem ]]> Lead story image

Palestinians could have their state, but not the state they want, and Israelis could allow the Palestinians back into their country, but then it wouldn’t be a Jewish country. Plus there’s no reason to think Palestinians would give up the killing that has been their central mode of self-expression. The solution, therefore, clearly is ... umm. ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:52:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Welcome to Chicago, Archbishop Cupich, but beware the soup ]]> Lead story image

No sooner was the first Catholic church built in Chicago, however, than the minister of the first Protestant church, Jeremiah Porter, knelt outside and prayed for its downfall. A reminder that, as Catholic a town as this is, there has always been hostility. ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:38:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Thoughts inspired by Kim Kardashian’s ample, um, assets ]]> Lead story image

The book I pulled off my shelf Friday — easily, without searching, I happily noted — was “The Rear View: A Brief and Elegant History of Bottoms Through the Ages,” by Jean-Luc Hennig, a new chapter of which was written last week when a photo of the huge, oiled naked rump of Kim Kardashian roiled the Internet. ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 02:19:50 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: This Gandhi learned pacifism at the master’s feet ]]> Lead story image

Twelve is a tough age, and many a struggling preteen has been shipped off to relatives to help him adjust to this whirling ball of woe we call a world. In Arun’s case, two things made his relocation unusual. First, the relative he was sent to live with was in India, thousands of miles from his home in South Africa. And second, the relative was his grandfather, Mohandas K. Gandhi. “We faced the brunt of prejudice and hate,” said Arun Gandhi, in Chicago to help plan the next Parliament of the World’s Religions, to be held in October 2015 in … ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:44:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: ‘Summertime’ is here, and ‘Porgy and Bess’ tickets await ]]> Lead story image

I’m extra pleased to announce the 7th annual Sun-Times Goes to the Lyric Contest. Readers started asking about it last week, when I dropped in on a rehearsal of “Porgy and Bess,” which 100 readers will attend Dec. 8. ]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:50:06 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Love, life in war live on in a soldier’s letters ]]> Lead story image

Tuesday is Veterans Day, when we honor the soldiers, sailors, Marines and other military men and women who serve and have served our country. Recalling such an enormous group is impossible. It’s hard enough to remember just one person, such as Pvt. Gail O. Woodman, who grew up in Evergreen Park and volunteered for the Army in 1917. We hear his voice today only because he wrote letters to a certain special young woman. ]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:29:30 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Behold the ‘Lost Alp,’ aka the Lucas ‘Star Wars’ museum ]]> Lead story image

My immediate, visceral reaction to Chinese architect Ma Yansong’s design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, planned for the lakefront, was to sigh, then shake my head in bewildered sorrow. ]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:19:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Hey GOP, have fun and give the keys back in ’16 ]]> Lead story image

Honestly? The big Republican win Tuesday night didn’t bother me much. I’m not sure why. Cynicism triumphant, perhaps. ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 02:19:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Divvy bike workers ready to roll with a union ]]> Lead story image

The great thing about Divvy bikes is they’re always there, scattered around downtown, ready to go. Pop in your key, pull out a bike, go for a spin, never thinking that someone has to move the bikes from jammed stations to empty ones, someone has to fix them when they break, someone has to shovel the stations in winter. ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:22:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Black or white, Lyric’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ is our history ]]> Lead story image

“Porgy and Bess” is all too current. It’s hard to watch the residents of Catfish Row being imbued with the fear that Jim Crow demanded and not think of Ferguson, Missouri, and the unresolved racial issues that still simmer under the skin of America. ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 02:18:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: IRS’ blithe seizure of assets should terrify us ]]> Lead story image

The far right — and here they join hands, ironically, with the far left — owns fear of government. To them, the U.S. government is a terrifying enemy, an occupying force. But I felt the fear myself this week about the IRS. ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:17:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Rowing, ‘a beautiful sport,’ in Chicago ]]> Lead story image

Rowing was once what fishermen did to get to their nets. Then it became a competition, then a recreation, and now it’s an amalgam: part aerobic exercise, part leisure pastime, part blood sport. ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:01:09 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Dylan Thomas at 100 ‘still one of the boys’ ]]> Lead story image

Dylan Thomas, whose 100th birthday is Monday, made some memorable appearances in Chicago on his way to becoming among the best-known poets of the 20th century. ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:08:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Divvy service center sets bikes back on right path: Steinberg ]]> Lead story image

Chicago’s temperature swings take a toll on Divvys, as do graffiti artists, malicious persons, potholes, and regular wear and tear of having Chicago’s collective hot dog-larded backside repeatedly plopped down upon the bikes. ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:15:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Vote for ... oh heck, whomever you please ]]> Lead story image

A number of readers apparently feel I run the newspaper, or at least am an important and valued member of the top editorial team, plugged into all decisions as they are being made, sitting in the Inner Sanctum, wherever that may be, peering out beneath hooded robes, pressing our fingertips together to make cathedrals, exchanging opinions in hushed tones. “Brother Neil, perhaps you will share your thoughts on the viability of a six-county circulator monorail scheduled to be built in the year 2031 ...?” Let me disabuse you of that notion. Rather, I’m the same union wage slave I’ve always … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:56:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ Vile foes of feminist game critic miss mark ]]> Lead story image

We can assume that the men threatening to rape and murder Anita Sarkeesian were not doing so because they wanted to disseminate her observations about sexism in the video gaming world to as wide an audience as possible. But that is what is happening. ]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:58:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steinberg: Ebola is here, and we’re all gonna die (but not from Ebola) ]]> Lead story image

Is it too early for the Ebola post-mortem? I don’t think so. While there are still a few weeks of frenzy left in the mania, you gathered here in this quiet corner of the media have my permission to exhale a collective sigh of relief. ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:16:24 -0600