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  • Where the only rule is terrorApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Some global threats come from leaders intoxicated by sovereignty. But other threats and suffering emerge in the voids and gaps of sovereignty, which require our sustained attention as well.

     
  • Familiar parallels in UkraineApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: It's clear that the Russia of Gorbachev and Yeltsin is gone and something new and yet familiar has taken its place. The Obama administration recognizes the new reality and is appropriately dusting off Cold War playbooks. Russia, it seems, may be turning its back on Europe — but not, ominously, on some of its ugly 20th-century history.

     
  • Putin will continue dancing to his own tuneApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. News: This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama has said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country — not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs.

     
  • David From

    Progressive tax unfair to taxpayersApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist David From: There are a lot of competing proposals swirling around Springfield to raise Illinoisans’ taxes in order to perpetuate all of the things government spends money on. But who is looking out for the taxpayer?

     
  • Why your mayors want you riled up over pensionsApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Suburban mayors have a daunting task: Convincing the public and the first responders who work for them that the pension system is seriously, if not fatally, flawed. Part of the argument for pension reform is that retirements for police and firefighters can be much sweeter than that of John Q. Public. It seems clear that something has to give, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Government as innovator? You bet!Apr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: There are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong.

     
  • Madeleine Doubek

    A freshman Democrat’s daring moveApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist Madeleine Doubek: An astonishing thing just happened. A freshman Democrat dared to say no to the state’s most powerful politician, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. State Rep. Scott Drury, a Highwood Democrat, was one of a few Democrats who killed Madigan’s millionaire tax.

     
  • Madeleine Doubek

    A freshman Democrat’s daring moveApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist Madeleine Doubek: An astonishing thing just happened. A freshman Democrat dared to say no to the state’s most powerful politician, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. State Rep. Scott Drury, a Highwood Democrat, was one of a few Democrats who killed Madigan’s millionaire tax.

     
  • Going up: The need for honest analysis of issuesApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: One of the functions of the Daily Herald Editorial Board is to host representatives of a wide range of special interests for background about public policy questions. These meetings are invaluable for providing facts and arguments that go into the formation of our editorial positions. But they have a troubling side.

     
  • Erasing the race cardApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.

     
  • Rand Paul’s amateur hourApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: What has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he’s a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it’s the only political office he has ever held. He’s an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who used to run for president. So now it is son Rand who is doing so. Aside from family tradition, the question is why?

     
  • The healing in RwandaApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: At the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the most moving moments were unplanned. In the audience at Amahoro Stadium, first one woman, then another, then dozens in turn, cried out in uncontrollable anguish and had to be escorted from the ceremony. They were overwhelmed by memory. In their screams you could hear the screams of two decades ago.

     
  • Candy, movies in school: What’s district’s view?Apr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    An overreactive parent who needs to get a life? A concerned mom making a good point about nutrition? A nonstory? Irresponsible, one-sided journalism? All of these views were expressed about our story on the West Dundee mother objecting to teachers passing out candy and showing "Toy Story" during recess, reports Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Candy, movies in school. What’s district’s view?Apr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    An overreactive parent who needs to get a life? A concerned mom making a good point about nutrition? A non-story? Irresponsible, one-sided journalism? All of these views were expressed about our story on the West Dundee mother objecting to teachers passing out candy and showing "Toy Story" during recess, reports Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Colbert an equal opportunity offenderApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show,” CBS has waged war on America’s heartland — or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh. Don’t you believe it, Heartlanders.

     
  • Illinois tax system unjustly serves the wealthyApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A column by suburban faith leaders: We, as faith leaders who serve and oversee congregations throughout suburban Chicago, speak with a united voice in support of a Fair Tax, with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. God’s call for justice compels us to work for change to Springfield’s unjust tax and budgeting process, a system that hurts families in middle- and low-income communities across Illinois.

     
  • Adding a new comic strip is serious businessApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the fuller pursuit of a newspaper’s mission to delight and to instruct, you might be surprised to find that one of the most treacherous assignments for any editor can be found in the delight variable. To be specific, the Comics Plus page.

     
  • A broken system en route to failureApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Government today is highly pressured and deals with tough, complicated problems. It needs to be able to recruit and retain first-rate talent; you don’t want a second-rate lawyer negotiating a nuclear arms treaty.

     
  • Rumsfeld’s battle with truthApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld’s eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris’ documentary “The Unknown Known,” in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq War.

     
  • When facts become casualtiesApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: It’s shocking -- and revealing -- when a senior lawmaker thinks he can wield more influence running a radio show than a major congressional committee.

     
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