"The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music." — Lewis Thomas
By Jim Nowlan
Behind the ivied walls and serene, manicured campuses, Illinois higher education is today under significant stress. State funding for colleges and universities in Illinois is lower than it was a decade ago, and parents are resisting tuition and fee charges that have increased sharply.
"I don't even understand why I'm here. This guy broke into my house."
There's a rule in the movie business when it comes to judging what will be a hit at the box office: nobody knows anything.
In other words, you makes your picks and you takes your chances.
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency. Desperation fuels arrogance as, barely 200 days into the 1,462 days of his second term, his pantry of excuses for failure is bare, his domestic agenda is nonexistent and his foreign policy of empty rhetorical deadlines and red lines is floundering.
WASHINGTON — The media-created mommy wars haven't just jumped the shark and entered the realm of "Sharknado." Where women once debated ways to balance family-and-career — a hyphenated oxymoron if ever there was one — they're now clashing over whether having babies is really all that.
To bear children or not — that is the only question left to those with first-world problems.
CHICAGO — When prospective educators go through training to prepare for teaching low-income, minority or at-risk children, they learn how to empathize with their students' lives. They're taught to acknowledge environments lacking in resources, order or stability and "meet" the students at their level before expecting them to learn as easily as other children do.
WASHINGTON — "Colleagues," said the June 27 letter to 98 U.S. senators, "now it is your turn." The letter's authors are Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman and ranking Republican on the tax-writing Finance Committee, respectively.
By Jim Nowlan
"There's something addictive about a secret," declared J. Edgar Hoover, the founding director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who died in 1972.
And so it is with the National Security Agency (NSA), which is now apparently storing just about every digital impulse that we Americans emit.
"Ever since I've known him, he's been a ball of energy. There's something to do, and time's a-wastin'."