Politics, Moderate



Photo essays focus on mental-health struggles of people of color

CHICAGO -- Diamond looks out from the pages of a book with big brown eyes and a shy smile set off by delightfully purple lipstick.

"I think that black women are taught there's a certain way to present yourself; make sure that you're always clean, always put together, and when you're talking to people that are in authority positions that you ...Read more

If you're lucky enough to be an American, stop trying to derail birthright citizenship

CHICAGO -- Everything old eventually becomes new again, and the call to end birthright citizenship is no exception.

In a recent op-ed in The Washington Post, Michael Anton, a former national security official in the Trump administration, suggested that we have been deliberately misreading the 14th Amendment to the Constitution -- the one that ...Read more

Americans have a hard time separating facts from opinion

CHICAGO -- In a recent discussion about policing fake news, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg alarmingly remarked that he doesn't block Holocaust deniers on his social-media platform because they aren't "intentionally getting it wrong."

The sad truth is that Zuckerberg is right: People aren't great at understanding history or current events, and...Read more

Phone cameras are a double-edged sword

CHICAGO -- It's both the greatest social-justice opportunity and the worst privacy-gutting curse of our times: a high-powered video camera in nearly every human hand.

It's up to us to know how to use it as a tool instead of a weapon.

A few weeks ago, a young woman graciously agreed to switch seats on an airplane with a fellow traveler named ...Read more

Trump administration is shooting itself in the foot

CHICAGO -- Let's say you're the president of the United States and want to keep the country safe. But data from the Department of Defense shows that a stunning 71 percent of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unable to join the military because they are too overweight, are poorly educated or have a record of crime or drug abuse.

But ...Read more

Instead of forgetting about immigrant families in detention, do something to help them

CHICAGO -- It's been just a few weeks since the nationwide uproar over the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, yet it feels like the issue is already slipping from people's radar.

That's partly because the initial media coverage and subsequent protest rallies and outrage -- spurred by images of immigrant children sleeping in cages...Read more

Churros in Japan prove culture travels across the globe

OSAKA, Japan -- After one day in the land of the rising sun, I had anxiety nightmares that my husband diagnosed as a reaction to visiting a country with a language I couldn't speak or read.

Truth be told, Japan is incredibly easy for visitors to navigate, with most train, bus and public announcements presented in both Japanese and English. But ...Read more

Pop-culture poet tackles such tangible topics as barbers and margaritas

CHICAGO -- Some people just don't "get" poetry. The emotions, the wisdom and the quietude of a select group of words carefully curated to evoke a memory or forge a vision can be too abstract for a more analytical, linear thinker.

That's me.

I'm not proud of it, mind you. I just never got into whatever groove is necessary to get past the heady,...Read more

Parents can slow summer slide with household chores

CHICAGO -- Now that the elementary-school textbooks, backpacks and lunchboxes have been stowed away across the country, it's time to get to work.

Indeed, it's the summer slide season -- the time when students, especially low-income ones, lose some of the academic gains they made during the school year because they're hanging out at home, not ...Read more

Social Connections


Mike Lester Tim Campbell Marshall Ramsey Chris Britt Ken Catalino Darrin Bell