In the second half of the 20th century, from 1950 to 2000, Black people in the United States experienced much larger income gains than whites did. The group that had the largest income gains, by far, was Black women. Their incomes nearly doubled over that period (after inflation). The race g…
Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader, said, “Our No. 1 goal must be to communicate the stakes of this Supreme Court fight to the American people.” He continued, “Nothing is off the table.”
Voting in Illinois by absentee ballot commenced on Sept. 24. As usual, some races are deemed more important to the voter than others. Of course, leading the ballot will be for president of the United States. And we have certainly been bombarded on that race.
SPRINGFIELD — A friend who is an old newspaperman contacted me the other day and wanted to know what I thought of the local newspaper no longer endorsing political candidates.
Last week, America’s West Coast found itself on fire. Millions of acres have burned across California, Oregon and Washington. The smoke clouds have been so immense they have blotted out the sun in certain areas; air quality has been so poor hundreds of thousands of people have been forced indoors.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman observed in a column he wrote in 1996 “no two countries that both have a McDonald’s ever have fought a war against each other.”
In less than one week, my goal is to have completed the United States citizen trifecta: file and pay taxes, complete the census and vote. Then I will be free to roam about the country complaining about anything and everything that doesn’t fit my agenda.
When I was young, there was a TV show called “The Millionaire.” It was the story of a rich man who dropped a million dollars on unexpected people and the joys and sorrows that resulted. Mostly the show had happy examples, but we have all seen how money can warp people. A few years ago, I wro…
So I went back to grade school and attended the first day of class with my grandson. It was easy. There was no commuting or school bus. My grandson, a Chicago Public School student, started first grade this past week — remotely. He is holed up in our Michigan cottage in one of our bedrooms a…
SPRINGFIELD — I read The Atlantic magazine story asserting that Donald Trump denigrated America’s war dead, and then I cringed.
Today, I’m in my home working on the final column that I’ll pen from this location. Next week, I’ll write my first column from our new home.
On Aug. 23, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer. The original video, which only included the last moments of the incident, gave no context for the incident. But further video and police reports made clear what happened.
As Washington has been frozen in debate about whether to pass massive new economic stimulus legislation, something interesting has happened in the real world.
The president of the United States lied. Again. This time irrefutably. There is no debate about the credibility of unnamed sources. The president is the source. Still, to a certain segment, it does not matter.
It was the fall of 1964. I was a first-year law student at Northwestern University. We would have four courses that year, all four running both semesters. One was criminal law. That area of the law had more familiarity to the average student than some of the more arcane ones like torts and c…
Pondering what to write this week, I was aided by other local op-ed writers, still suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
I heard once that the first half of our life is spent accumulating things, while the second half is getting rid of those very same things. In our case, time has been more heavily weighted to accumulation, while getting rid of them has been a more sudden and quicker event.
In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden had this uninspiring assessment of America’s current predicament: “The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him: No miracle is coming.”
Two Mondays ago, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finally was forced to confront the left-wing violence that has been plaguing America’s major cities for months on end: riots in New York; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Chicago; Portland; and Seattle, among other cities. For a full w…
Some things you just know. Like people. There are people we know so well, we could stake our own lives on their character.
We have now watched two weeks of political blustering, totally different approaches to being elected and enough untruths to embarrass the worst of politicians. I wonder what we would have to stomach if there were a real third party this year in a serious position.
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