Esther Cepeda: Make preschool available to our neediest kids

CHICAGO — Universal preschool is widely touted as a surefire way to boost kids' academic achievement. But while it isn't likely to be affordable for — or even desired by — all families, it shouldn't be underestimated as a potent educational support for low-income children.

Jim Dey: Is new emphasis on student 'safe' spaces putting them at risk?

Back in February, Northwestern University Professor Laura Kipnis, disturbed about the campus environment concerning sexual harassment, emotional "triggers" and issues involving consent, wrote an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

George Will: Standing athwart the administrative state

WASHINGTON — As the administrative state distorts America's constitutional architecture, Clarence Thomas becomes America's indispensable constitutionalist. Now in his 25th year on the Supreme Court, he is urging the judicial branch to limit the legislative branch's practice of delegating its power to the executive branch.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Trump giving people want they want

"You got to give the people what they want." — O'Jays

Even by his standards, it was an astounding performance.

Over the course of just two days last weekend, Donald Trump spewed bigotry, venom and absurdity like a sewer pipe, spewed it with such utter disregard for decency and factuality that it was difficult to know what to criticize first.

Jim Dey: Oh, say, can you 'C'

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally a day for leftovers.

It's no different in the newspaper business, where a handful of short stories can make a big one.

So think of today's offering — the killer "C"s — as the journalistic equivalent of a turkey sandwich. It's Cantor, the Cubs and a careless coonhound named Charli.

George Will: Low depths of higher ed

WASHINGTON — Give thanks this day for some indirect blessings of liberty, including the behavior-beyond-satire of what are generously called institutions of higher education. People who are imprecisely called educators have taught, by their negative examples, what intelligence is not.

Jim Dey: Veterans form friendship, discover unusual link

Nearly 50 years ago — May 22, 1968 — Bob Harrison, a 19-year-old U.S. Marine from Villa Grove, was carrying a radio as part of a four-man patrol team near Da Nang in Vietnam, the site of a major air base used by American and South Vietnamese forces.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Red cups, Syria and fears

A red cup.

Jim Nowlan: Slowing population drain

How do we stem the erosion of population and wealth from downstate Illinois?

Illinois lost 50,000 persons between 2010 and 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There has been an even sharper net outmigration during the period (more people moving out than moving in), which has been covered up largely by high birth rates among Hispanics in the state.