Esther Cepeda / Politics

How to Really Enjoy the Holidays

CHICAGO -- I've never been drawn into Black Friday. Maybe that's why over the years, I've grown more and more disgusted with stores that have decided to open on Thanksgiving Day.

Such businesses deprive workers of some sorely needed time off with...

Melting Right In

CHICAGO -- For those of you who aren't close observers of the changing face of the U.S. Hispanic population, I beg you: Take a closer look.

For most of the last decade, the image of Hispanics in America has followed well-worn stereotypes: ...

Pass the Ketchup

CHICAGO -- If I could pour ketchup on this column to make it better, I would.

Though it's pooh-poohed by foodies as a condiment only worthy of a child's immature palate, I love ketchup.

Unapologetically.

Oh, I'm no zealot -- you won't find me ...

Why Some Reject Feminism

CHICAGO -- And now for another episode of "As the Feminism Turns" -- you know, the overwrought soap opera about who is and isn't a feminist, what it means today and whether it has relevance to women of any age.

It's a regular series, hopping from...

Short-changed by grade inflation

CHICAGO -- My two sons have been indoctrinated by their well-meaning public schools to believe that college is a punishingly difficult pursuit of knowledge. Around the dinner table, however, they get the skinny from their parents: "It all depends ...

The Doctoring Turnoff

CHICAGO -- These days, you won't often hear reporters exclaim, "Wow, I am sure glad I'm in journalism." But I found myself saying this over and over as I made my way through Sandeep Jauhar's gloomy book "Doctored: The Disillusionment of an ...