It's up to us to make right food choices

CHICAGO — People don't know how to eat right. Almost from birth, the food we take in and the way it is marketed conspire to make us addicted and even sick. As a result, all but a few of us will face an early grave because of our indulgences.

Latest Ken Burns epic tells powerful story of injustice

WASHINGTON — From Tom Paine's "Common Sense" to Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" to Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," American history is replete with examples of printed words accelerating social justice.

Bruce Kauffmann: Joseph Lister and his life-saving discovery

Joseph Lister, who was born last week (April 5) in 1827, was an amazing physician but a poor salesman. In 1867, this unknown British doctor, having read an article on microorganisms by the French chemist Louis Pasteur, concluded that the same microorganisms — we call them germs today — caused infections in wounds.

Tom Kacich: Jackson doesn't take 'magic carpet' for granted

Mannie Jackson acknowledges that he has "great genetics," and by that he means the bright, strong and thoughtful grandfathers and father who gave him lifelong guidance.

Even at the age of 73, the former University of Illinois basketball great, business executive and philanthropist says he hears and heeds their advice.

Esther Cepeda: Waiting for some good news on Hispanics

CHICAGO — Judging by news coverage of the nation's fastest growing ethnic minority, you'd think that "the Hispanic condition" was a pathology. With the exception of growing power in the voting booth, the news makes it seem as though we're all poor, sick and generally unable to cope with life as well as others.

George Will: Congress not as worthy of trust as law prof claims

WASHINGTON — While accusing the Supreme Court's conservative justices of "disdain for democracy," Pamela S. Karlan proves herself talented at dispensing disdain. The Stanford law professor is, however, less talented at her chosen task of presenting a coherent understanding of judicial review.

George Will: Disability rolls sign of times


WASHINGTON —The election eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America's new government is subverting America's old character.

Cepeda: We're now living in a flip-flop nation

CHICAGO — In "A Visit from the Goon Squad," Jennifer Egan's 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, she paints a glorious portrait of a future where young people take a distinct pride in themselves and their appearance.