Esther Cepeda / Politics

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 ...

The Limits to Immigration Reform

CHICAGO -- For a large segment of Hispanics, the dust-settling period following the midterm elections will consist of one big question: "Well, President Obama, what are you going to do about immigration?"

A very big segment of the country's ...