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  • Outrageous fortune: Perchance to megadream Dec 19, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The slogan at the checkout counter of the convenience store throbs with fat, bold type and is garnished with exclamation points. It is not to be missed. “WHEN YOU BELIEVE, ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE!!” Oh, there’s always a disclaimer, isn’t there? That nasty faith thing.

     
  • Giving world news a suburban context Dec 12, 2013 1:04 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: We may yet report direct local connections to worldwide news, but for the story of Nelson Mandela and all others like it, their value will be to supplement the lessons of an event that is, well, not exactly “just” world news.

     
  • Photo ethics now more important than ever Dec 5, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Today, any middle schooler could modify a picture taken with a telephone to show a second baseman eating a baseball like an apple.

     
  • Good news stories abound throughout the year Nov 28, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Each Thanksgiving Day, I like to contradict stereotypes about the news with mention of a few of the bright stories that made news just from the previous week.

     
  • News judgment, not bias, rules sports coverage Nov 14, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I’ve written a lot over the years in response to claims that the Daily Herald’s political biases color our news coverage, but there’s another claim of favoritism that doesn’t get as much attention — that for a particular Sports team.

     
  • School Checker expands your power on schools Oct 31, 2013 6:18 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Information, it is said, is power, and in that vein, today we’re giving you a profound boost toward control of your local schools.

     
  • Free speech: For good, ill or in between, it’s to die for Oct 24, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In honor of National Free Speech Week, here are a few random thoughts in hopes of engaging your attention on a notion that is so fundamental to everything we are as Americans and everything we at the Daily Herald do as a newspaper:

     
  • Words and the difference between influence, information Oct 10, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Most of us know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are one in the same, but that doesn't mean we should use the terms interchangeably.

     
  • Numbers don’t tell whole story in news decisions Sep 26, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the complex practice of employing news judgment, the role of numbers is not always as obvious as you might expect.

     
  • Letters a window on ideas that move community Sep 19, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: A vital part of a newspaper being a window to the community, the letters to the editor section provides a glimpse into what moves readers.

     
  • Syria, sports and a haunting case of life imitating art Sep 12, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: This week’s front pages put me hauntingly in mind of a play that opened in Washington, D.C., this spring and is running in New York this month.

     
  • The ‘More or Less Diet’ and the online news cycle Sep 5, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I’ve previously professed that we could seriously enhance the “make money” portion of our motto if we published more stories about puppies and nudity, I thought it worth taking the time to add dieting to that list.

     
  • A timely perspective on what happens in schools Aug 22, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher:The stories in our Back to School series provide a timely reminder of what is at stake in the political tug-of-war over finances.

     
  • Editorial sought to challenge a tired phrase Aug 15, 2013 5:00 AM
    ColumnistJim Slusher: I’ve watched with some dismay over the past three years as three separate proposed developments for housing for the mentally disabled in three separate suburbs have wound their tortuous way through the complicated mechanisms of local government only to be rejected at the final stage amid cries of outraged neighbors and the trepidations of town leaders.

     
  • Editorial voice and the question of judgments Aug 1, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: A common refrain from people who disagree with a Daily Herald editorial factors down to something like, “Who died and made the Daily Herald the judge?” There is a simple answer to that question. No one did.

     
  • Facts, interpretations and matters of entitlement Jul 25, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: A common expression asserts that we are all entitled to our own opinions but we are not entitled to our own facts. How about our interpretations regarding a fact?

     
  • No hidden agenda in our approach to controversy Jul 18, 2013 10:18 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: For those who somehow see us spreading one message online and another in print, there may be some confusion about our approach to controversy with our news stories.

     
  • Daily journalism with a shelf life of a lifetime Jul 4, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The shelf life of a daily newspaper has always been, well, pretty much by definition, just one day. But we aren’t always limited to journalism that’s so short-lived.

     
  • A reminder of perspective and personal debate Jun 20, 2013 9:44 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I just got off the phone with a good guy. And he was an Illinois lawmaker.

     
  • The guilt-free approach to consuming news Jun 13, 2013 10:41 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: News writers wrestle daily with a formidable paradox — how to get you to read a story in its entirety while making sure you don’t have to.

     
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