Esther Cepeda / Politics

Written All Over Ted Cruz's Face

CHICAGO -- Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, native of Canada, junior senator of Texas and lover of Wagner, has thrown his hat into the ring to be the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election.

But it's not his hat that many recoil from so ...

An Ode to The Joy of Inspired Teaching

CHICAGO -- Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale and a former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts, made the following bold statement in response to a student's wondering about ...

Reading beyond the chili peppers

CHICAGO -- The Economist's recent special report on Hispanics has stoked Latino ire with a cover featuring the stars and stripes composed of denim, stars and red hot chili peppers.

The magazine is an unabashedly cheeky publication -- as likely to...

Skip the 'Hot Dogs & Croissants'

CHICAGO -- When I finally arrived home from my Saturday morning grocery odyssey, I found that, again, a heavy jar had been bagged with my tomatoes and apples, bruising them. Thus began an economics-of-good-eating discussion with my son.

"These ...

The Mirage of the Rainbow Coalition

CHICAGO -- Hispanic pundits are wondering whether the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by Pasco police in Washington state will truly be what The New York Times called Hispanics' "'Ferguson' moment" -- a national protest against police ...

Reading About China, Learning About Ourselves

CHICAGO -- Through a bit of serendipity I ended up reading Pearl S. Buck's "The Good Earth" and Evan Osnos' "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China" one right after the other.

What emerged is that throughout time and ...