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  • Election-year budget benefits no one Jun 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Ralph Martire: We expect elected officials to address societal needs with well-designed, effective policy initiatives. Of course, the overtly political milieu in which public policy is created usually frustrates this expectation.

  • The useful distinction between analysis, opinion Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Is there a difference between analysis and opinion? Yes, there is, and it’s an important distinction for news consumers to think about.

  • The reality conservatives must face Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There is a reason Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker John Boehner have sometimes prioritized immigration reform in ways that seemed divisive within the conference — because they think that the Republican future depends on overcoming a durable impression of suspicion toward new Americans. And they are correct.

  • For Obama, the wages of doing nothing Jun 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Other than avoiding war, it’s hard to know what Obama wants. I know what he says, but actions always speak louder than words.

  • Cantor’s swan song Jun 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Conventional Wisdom, that self-righteous propagandist, has it that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s trouncing by an academic, tea-sipping nobody marks the end of the GOP establishment. The Tea Party candidate crushed Cantor, they say. The old-guard Republican Party is toast! It’s over. Finito. And those were the Democrats talking.

  • What our country needs from the press Jun 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in Phoenix. And it’s a reminder of just how important old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting remains to our system of government, especially when it uncovers official misdoing.

  • The end of illusions Jun 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: On June 10, President Obama said that the greatest frustration of his presidency was the failure to pass gun control legislation. It was the same day that Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical splinter of al-Qaida. The next day, Tikrit was taken by the militants, who are now preparing for the battle of Baghdad.

  • Semi-iconic Route 59 full of traffic tales Jun 15, 2014 9:55 AM
    From a "diverging diamond" on I-88 to Roma D'Italia in Bartlett, Route 59 has its share of interesting tales, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

  • Pension a modest reward for police who endure Jun 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Steven Parkinson: As the saying goes, we all put our pants on one leg at a time. However, in our profession, after the pants comes the uniform shirt adorned with patches and a badge that identifies us as peacekeepers and somebody who is willing to put him/herself in harm’s way to protect your life and property.

  • Simple blotter reporting is full of complexities Jun 12, 2014 9:09 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Our top editors began a conversation this week that is likely to continue for a long time to come. And it’s one in which you may have a direct interest and, ultimately, some desire to influence.

  • Governments hide, voters decide Jun 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Congress doesn’t do much these days, but here’s one bill that could command bipartisan support: a federal shield law protecting journalists against overzealous prosecutors. The urgency behind this measure increased sharply when the Supreme Court recently declined to take the case of James Risen, a New York Times reporter who is facing jail time for refusing to reveal the confidential sources he used in a book about the CIA.

  • Steps to a stronger Illinois economy Jun 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnists James P. Nowlan and J. Thomas Johnson: The Illinois economy has been struggling. In January 2014 the state’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, second highest in the nation. From our employment peak in November 2000, Illinois lost 656,000 jobs and has regained only 257,000. What can be done about our parlous situation?

  • The changing faces of war Jun 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I am into my summer routine, which means I drive to a weekend house, and as I do so, I listen to a book on tape. For the moment, it’s Laura Hillenbrand’s riveting “Unbroken,” the story of Louis Zamperini’s ordeal during World War II. He was a bombardier, and after his plane went down in the Pacific, he spent 47 days on a decaying raft, fighting off sharks with his fists, and then survived three years of inhumane imprisonment by the Japanese. His and the lives of other POWs were saved by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Cruelty had met its match.

  • A farewell to friends Jun 10, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: You know how it goes. You lose track of friends and then one day, someone gets in touch to say the friend has left us to our mortal pursuits. Two such messages came recently within the span of a few days.

  • Despite troubling news, there’s plenty to inspire Jun 8, 2014 4:28 PM
    Amid much troubling news, even in the suburbs, there's still an ample supply of uplifting -- if not necessarily happy -- stories, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director. From college kids biking across the nation to fight cancer to the reaction to our profile of a Wheaton family who lost their teen son to heroin, there's a strong message of hope and resiliency.

  • President’s legacy trumps all else Jun 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: As a presidential candidate in 2007, Barack Obama told historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, “I have no desire to be one of those presidents who are just on the list — you see their pictures lined up on the wall. I really want to be a president who makes a difference.” In moments of decision, and in rare flashes of passion, we have seen what that means to him.

  • D-Day, Part 2: The horrible waste of war Jun 6, 2014 9:26 AM
    The second in a series of columns written in the days following D-Day by famed WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle.

  • D-Day, Part 3: A long thin line of personal anguish Jun 6, 2014 8:24 AM
    The third in a series of columns written in the days following D-Day by famed WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle.

  • Ernie Pyle’s D-Day, Part 1: A pure miracle Jun 6, 2014 9:42 AM
    World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle visited the beaches at Normandy, France, the day after the Allied invasion in 1944. He described the horrific sight and reflected on the costs of war in a series of columns that ran in newspapers nationwide 70 years ago. Three are posted here.

  • Discretion is the better part of reporting on shocking crime Jun 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: There are exceptions to every rule, but in general, our attitude toward sensitive stories with the potential for a long-lasting impact on innocent or vulnerable individuals is to err on the side of the individuals.

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