In the pre-COVID-19 days, there were those large, intergenerational Sunday dinners when nothing was off the table for discussion in America.
Even now, if we were sitting down together, we’d talk of President Donald Trump lying to his supporters about overturning the election, before he incited a mob to storm the Capitol.
We might even talk ...Read more
To understand what’s gone wrong with big-city public education — where militant teachers union bosses dictate urban school policy and politics — just look to Chicago and the saga of Sarah Chambers.
Her embarrassing story has gone worldwide. But it does have a message.
It tells public school parents who want their kids back in school, and...Read more
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” said Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Old Marcus could have been talking about coping with these pandemic lockdowns, but he wasn’t.
Happily, I have a home library, but no garden. And I can’t possibly go another spring without planting. That would kill me.
But there’s another ...Read more
My mother is 90 years old, one of the elderly isolated in nursing homes, unable to hug and kiss her children, alone because of the pandemic.
And this will be our first Christmas apart.
She lived with us for 25 years. But after her stroke, she’d forget to take her medication. And when she entered the nursing home in March, we thought we would...Read more
When I was just starting out as a reporter, I’d admire the many fine quotes about liberty and the responsibilities of journalism carved into the walls of the old Tribune Tower.
It was like reading the stern admonitions of the Anglo-Saxon gods.
And there was one that I read to myself every morning on the way to the newsroom.
“Where there ...Read more
Attorney General William Barr, vilified witlessly and unreasonably for years by the left — and most recently by conservatives — has just performed two critically important services to the republic:
After the election, Barr refused to put his name or the Department of Justice behind any of President Donald Trump’s wild claims — without ...Read more
That wailing you hear involving Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Joe Biden and the left clinging to its ideological purity tests sounds like something out of a horror movie.
But as Rahm seeks political resurrection at Biden’s hands, here’s the thing:
Chicago has seen Rahm’s movie before.
Chicago remembers him as the mayor who sat on that ...Read more
During the pandemic, what are some of America’s governors serving up for the Thanksgiving through Christmas season?
A stress test for the Constitution and a crackdown on individual liberty.
That’s how U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito aptly characterized the situation in a recent, stirring keynote virtual address at the conservative ...Read more
When we were kids on the playground and there was an angry dispute, someone would always shout “majority rules.” And we’d vote.
If the losers didn’t like the outcome, there were two options: punch the winners in the stomach or take the ball and go home.
It worked on our playgrounds because a punch in the stomach isn’t the end of the ...Read more
Just after the media declared him the presumptive president-elect of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden invoked the Old Testament in an inspiring speech about unifying the divided nation that he has served for half a century:
“To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans. The ...Read more
The lawyers sink their teeth into what remains of the election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden and it’s so close that neither concedes. As they prepare to do battle in the courts, America is reminded of what happened 20 years ago:
Those excruciating 35 days of George Bush vs. Al Gore and the high drama of those dangling Florida ...Read more
If Americans can agree on anything in this election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, it’s this:
We can’t stand the other side. And each tribe loathes the other with absolute passion, as hatred and threats of revenge hang in the air.
This is where newly sworn-in Associate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett comes in. And ...Read more