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One can be the deadliest numberMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Richard Cohen: The 20th century settled the question of whether one man can alter history. Of course he can. Hitler did. Stalin did. Churchill put steel in Britain’s backbone and Roosevelt saved the snarling American free enterprise system by housebreaking it. Gavrilo Princip had his moment too. On a day almost 100 years ago,
For the pope, it’s primarily about the soulMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Kathleen Parker: This week’s meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope. In anticipation of the meeting, everyone seems to want a piece of the pope.
Photo shoot turns into something specialMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
A half-hour Daily Herald photo shoot led to some bonding and some likely additional good needs from 10 high school students we already were honoring for their good deeds, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.
Can Obama rise to Carter’s level?Mar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Michael Gerson: As Winston Churchill might have said, the battle for Crimea is over. The battle for the idea of Europe is about to begin. Russia — as one might expect from an espiocracy, ruled by a Soviet-era spy — practices a particularly sophisticated form of aggression.
Bipartisanship lessons from the youngMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
Guest Columnist Ed Wojcicki: The fact that a few dozen college-aged political rivals can be roommates and work together to address problems is not enough to eradicate America’s partisan toxin, but it’s a start.
Another object lesson in the problems with political pollsMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Jim Slusher: In sports, the common epithet when the lesser of two seemingly unevenly matched opponents wins or very nearly wins is “that’s why they play the game.” In politics, the sentiment is the same, it’s just a different arena: “That’s why they hold elections.”
Being Vladimir PutinMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Kathleen Parker: Although the recent rollout of sanctions on members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, viewed as weak, were followed by a Russian market rally, stronger sanctions could be more damaging. Then again, it may be that Putin doesn’t really care. His interest isn’t in today’s markets but in tomorrow’s empire.
The charter conspiratorsMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Richard Cohen: In the war between the rich and the poor, I’m enlisting on the side of the underdog — the rich. What a drubbing they’ve been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly manipulative and self-serving. For instance, they support charter schools.
Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’tMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Lee Hamilton: Congress, I said, does some things fairly well. Its members for the most part want to serve their constituents and the country. They may be ambitious — it’s hard to be a successful politician if you’re not — but they’re not motivated primarily by personal interest.
Civic education crucial to improve our politicsMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
Guest columninst Jim Ryan: In order to diminish the ability of candidates and campaigns to deceive Illinois voters with cash and 30-second sound bites, Illinois needs a more politically educated electorate.
Making the AIDS crisis worseMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Michael Gerson: Some of America’s closest friends in Africa have turned with a vengeance on gay people. In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan recently approved a law making homosexual acts punishable by a 14-year jail sentence and outlawing gay organizations. In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni signed legislation that requires a life sentence for serial offenders and mandates that witnesses report homosexual acts or face penalties themselves.
Noah’s arc of triumphMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Kathleen Parker: There’s nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie. “Noah,” scheduled for its U.S. release on March 28, has become such a target.
The SAT isn’t perfect, but it serves its purposeMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Gene Lyons: They’re revising the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) again, and you know what that means. More weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. More complaints about the unfairness of life and of American society.
Christie avoids hard truths in speech to conservativesMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Byron York: Chris Christie began his much-awaited remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington recently with an anecdote that seemed to portend some tough talk for his fellow Republicans.
New SAT don’t care ‘bout no fancy wordsMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Kathleen Parker: When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced “improvements” to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students actually study and learn in high school. Shouldn’t take too long. Thus, the new SAT will take less time and consist of multiple-choice questions as follows: (a) yes; (b) no; (c) maybe; (d) none of the above.
History’s repeating actsMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Richard Cohen: Pardon the cliché — I think we have come upon a teachable moment. I am referring to the crisis in Ukraine and not just what it teaches us about the future but also what it teaches us about the past. Vladimir Putin has turned us all into Neville Chamberlain. The umbrella, please.
Businesses need a fairer Illinois income taxMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
Guest columnists Mark Garrity and Steven Purduski: Illinois’ antiquated tax system also unfairly takes money out of the pockets of some of our best customers: lower- and middle-income families. Illinois’ small businesses would benefit greatly from lower tax rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes.
The consequences of a retreating AmericaMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Michael Gerson: With the facts on the ground now established in Crimea — several thousand facts in the form of Russian troops — the question becomes: Will sustained economic, political and military isolation of Russia work? Will it reverse Vladimir Putin’s adventurism and deter future aggression?
Daily Miracle: Outlet malls and aging theatersMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
Outlet mall status reports from Aurora, Gurnee and Huntley; DuPage courthouse ministries, perils of lead paint in Aurora and Elgin; saving downtown theaters in Wheaton and elsewhere -- all of these are stellar examples of how our beat reporters contribute to the daily quest for a Page 1 "centerpiece," says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.
Pay attention to VenezuelaMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When people are brave enough to stand up for freedom against repressive governments intent on maintaining their grip on power, the process is usually messy — and often bloody. In Venezuela, for the last few weeks, blood has stained the streets of Caracas and other major cities.
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