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  • Pitts: Before conversation, we need education on race

    Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz?The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ...
    March 31, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • Barry Schrader: History Fair a learning experience

    One of the highlights of my year is visiting the Regional History Fair at Northern Illinois University because I am certain to come away with some new ...
    March 31, 2015 - 12:38 am
  • Barone: Where the red line came from – before it was crossed

    There are still nearly two years left in Barack Obama’s presidency, but historians looking back on his record in foreign policy will surely identify o ...
    March 30, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Harrop: Obamacare should be less complex

    Let’s start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security t ...
    March 29, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Olson: No easy answers in Arison story

    Everyone feels betrayed. They want answers.Answers don’t come easy when it comes to allegations such ...
    March 27, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • Jason Akst: Save the duck, before it’s too late

    I cringed reading about another community staple potentially going out of business.The Daily Chronic ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:41 pm
  • Stephen Carter: Doorway to disaster on Germanwings Flight 9525

    So it looks deliberate. On Thursday morning, French prosecutors said their working theory is that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately ...
    March 27, 2015 - 12:21 am
  • Connie Schultz: Firing squads are not tourist attractions

    We should have seen this coming, I suppose. We are, after all, the can-do country. Nobody is going t ...
    March 27, 2015 - 12:21 am
  • Ponnuru: Talking about race at Starbucks sounds awful

    Giving up coffee for Lent has turned out to be more of a struggle than I expected, but Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz has given me a ...
    March 25, 2015 - 10:49 pm
  • Rey: City did not manufacture website crisis

    The City Council’s decision to outsource development of a new website for the city of DeKalb has drawn a number of comments from members of the commun ...
    March 25, 2015 - 10:48 pm
  • Pitts: I've got your back, Ashley Judd

    Dear Ashley Judd:I guess this is a fan letter, although it is not written in praise of your work in ...
    March 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Barone: Will Hispanics fire up America?

    “Firing up America” is the cover line on the March 20 issue of The Economist, heralding a 16-page special report on America’s Latinos. Its tone is res ...
    March 23, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Harrop: Clinton and gender politics no simple matter

    Carly Fiorina has evidently hired herself as hit woman going after Hillary Clinton and her likely run for president. Fiorina is former chief of Hewlet ...
    March 22, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Binnendijk: The costs of a war with Iran

    Joshua Muravchik’s op-ed, “War is the only way to stop Iran,” was beneficial in two ways. It clarified the likely alternative to the negotiations on I ...
    March 22, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Eric Olson: Contested races make elections better

    It’s a good thing for a community to have contested elections.When a candidate has no opponent in an ...
    March 20, 2015 - 11:05 pm
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