Politics, Moderate



What Happens in Latin America Should Be Reported

CHICAGO -- Here's a shocking news story you probably haven't heard about: American soldiers and contractors based in Colombia are alleged to have sexually assaulted dozens of young girls between 2003 and 2007, with some of the attacks being taped and sold as pornography.

These accusations were included in an 800-page report released in February...Read more

A Shock Talk on Kids and Alcohol

CHICAGO -- An altercation was rising in the living room where my two teen sons were getting on each other's nerves near the end of a weekend of marathon TV-watching.

I was summoned by my older son, who needed the voice of reason to prevail in an argument he was having with his kid brother:

"Mom," he whined, "Come in here and tell him that ...Read more

Free trade's Unhealthy Impact

CHICAGO -- Speaking recently at an economic forum, Richard Trumka, the outspoken president of the AFL-CIO, asked this about free trade: "Is our trade policy working for America's workers and for our nation as a whole? And the simple answer to that question right now is no, it isn't."

Trumka was addressing the controversial Trans-Pacific ...Read more

Save Our Boys

CHICAGO -- I just finished reading "Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men," written by Dr. Leonard Sax after years of seeing sullen boys in his medical practice fail to thrive.

"From kindergarten to college, [boys are] less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere ...Read more

Turning Out the Hispanic Vote

CHICAGO -- We've said it before, we'll say it again: Hispanics show poorly at the polls.

According to a new analysis by Latino Decisions, a Hispanic political research organization, the 2014 midterm elections -- when Republicans took control of the Senate -- saw generally low voter turnout. But among Latino registered voters, it was even lower....Read more

The Driving Force of Hispanic Audiences

CHICAGO -- Gina Rodriguez, the star of "Jane The Virgin," recently issued a call to action for Hispanics who bemoan the lack of diversity in Hollywood: She wants us to watch more shows starring Hispanic characters.

The Golden Globe-winning actress told Fox News Latino that Hispanic representation in TV and films is still lacking. "I do think ...Read more

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 much as it is the head beneath it. Let's talk about the elephant in Ted Cruz's presidential campaign: ...Read more

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 why anyone should give a hoot about Beethoven:

"You must know Beethoven's music because no one has ...Read more

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 title an article about quantitative easing after a Britney Spears song "Hit me baby one more time,"...Read more

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 three apples cost $6.50, and I lovingly placed them on the conveyor belt along with the tomatoes, ...Read more

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