“Soft” targets? Oh please! Locations that are so often identified as vulnerable due to their defenseless status have got to be named more realistically. If anyone thinks that an open-carry/concealed-weapon state like Texas can lose over 20 individuals in a Wal-Mart with more than 3,000 in at…

As a self-described “old country boy” and student of African-American folk culture, Malcolm X regularly discussed the plight of black people through animal metaphors. His preferred animal metaphor was the fox and wolf. Malcolm developed his imagery from the sociohistorical context of his you…

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WASHINGTON — In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump’s “easy to win” — his promise — trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in the 1830s in Grand Detou…

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In 1982, someone poisoned Tylenol bottles in Chicago, and Congress stepped in to regulate the safety of the bottles. In 1988, a Tennessee girl was struck by a lawn dart, and Congress banned the sale of lawn darts. In 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing took place, and Congress regulated the sale…

I attended the open government event with U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and state Rep. Brad Halbrook, and while I was not surprised by any of the half-truths and outright lies that came out of Davis’ mouth, the complete ineptitude of Halbrook was new to me. I am not a resident of Halbrook’s distric…

Poor Carol Ammons, miffed that she was not invited to the cool kids table on Monday night at Parkland and upset that a legislator, who does not share her Chicago values of crime, corruption and high taxes, was invited instead.

Lamar Dawson sued the PAC-12 Conference and the NCAA for back wages, but the court found that he was not employed by the defendants, because they are regulators who set the rules that universities and athletes are supposed to follow.

People who follow the news in Chicago know it’s in a heap of trouble, mostly financial. In fact, it’s in so much trouble it’s looking for help in the most unlikely of places — the effectively bankrupt state of Illinois.

Harvard Professor John K. Galbraith received the Humanist of the Year Award in 1985. He spoke of our society’s need for a “level playing field” for all. How might such a state of affairs be achieved?